Warning: Adultery & Pedophile content. No Suspense.
I want to start off by saying t**spoiler alert** Hero: Caleb Middleton Heroine: Rachel MIddleton
Warning: Adultery & Pedophile content. No Suspense.
I want to start off by saying that this book doesn't sound like Anne Stuart wrote it. Anne Stuart is a good writer. I like her Ice Series and her voice in her Ice Series is totally different than it's in this book. It seems as if someone else wrote this book. This isn't the first book that I have read by an author, where the book seemed as if it was written by someone else.
The story is about someone going around killing young women. Not only is the man killing young women, he is having sex with them after he kills them. The man is a pedophile. But, who is he? I like a good suspense rather it's a movie or book. I don't like to guess or even know right off the bat, who the killer is. Well, in this book, the killer is known right off the bat. That's not suspense!
Characters: David Middleton: Husband and killer. Rachel Middleton: The wife Sophie: Rachel's daughter, David's stepdaughter. Stephen Henry Middleton: Father. Caleb Middleton: Bad boy. Brother Maggie: Police
Rachel gotten pregnant when she was 17 years old and because of it, her parents kicked her out of the house. She traveled with her daughter, but that came to an end, after her daughter's best friend Tess - who was 15 years old, was killed. Rachel met David and married him. Little did she know that the man was a serial killer and so happen to come into her life through Tess. He wanted Sophie. He wanted her to be his next victim, but was willing to wait until she gotten older to kill her. He married Rachel - a woman he didn't love, just so that he could get Sophie. He constantly bugged Rachel to let him adopt Sophie. He wanted to become Sophie's father and if that would have happen, he would have killed Rachel to get her out of the picture. The man was truly sick.
As for Rachel, she wasn't thinking clear as to what she was getting herself into. She married David for security for her daughter. She wanted the best for her daughter - who was smart in math. She didn't love David either. But why marry the man? When a woman and man marry for the wrong reason, they will never be happy. Rachel was David's puppet. She would do things to please him. He was a vegetarian and she wasn't, but she had to be a vegetarian in his present. She had to do other things in his present as well. She had to live uncomfortable in his house. They slept in separate rooms. The only time they would get together is when they wanted to be intimate, but even that was weird. David couldn't perform, because he was used to having sex with dead women.
Rachel was annoying and her mouth needed to be washed. She tried to be tough, but she wasn't.
Caleb was David's older brother. He was adopted, because Stephen and his wife was told that they couldn't have any children, but it wasn't long after the adoption that Stephen's wife has gotten pregnant with David. Caleb was the black sheep of the family. He left Silver Falls, when he was a teenager and never looked back, until he came back to correct a wrong that was done 20 years ago. Caleb was blamed for killing his mother in a car accident, but it wasn't his fault. The day he returned back to Silver Falls, a young woman's body was found and immediately he was suspected of being the one that killed her. Three people knew that Caleb didn't kill the woman and they were: Caleb, David and Stephen. Caleb and Stephen knew that David was the killer. That had known for years that David was sick and going around killing people, but it was a family secret. Well, up until Caleb decided that he wanted to put an end to the killing. He came back to meet his sister-in-law and niece. He came to warn Rachel about David.
Caleb was the bad boy. Every woman that David went out with, wind up with Caleb. David knew about it and in a way he didn't care and in a way he did. He claimed to have had feelings with the woman, after seeing her with Caleb, but he didn't have feelings for Rachel. Because, every woman that David was interested in fell for Caleb, Rachel had to be warned about Caleb stealing David's women and become Caleb's woman. Caleb basically told Rachel that he was going to sleep with her and they did. Rachel did tell Caleb no, but the sex wasn't rape, because she wanted it. She was just trying to fight the sexual feelings for Caleb. They had sex more than once. There was no chemistry between the two of them what so ever and plus, they shouldn't have been thrown together, because she was married and although, she didn't love her husband - she still was committing adultery. Rachel didn't love Caleb. They were just thrown together and the words "I love you." were added to them. The relationship was forced.
Caleb was supposed to be the bad boy, but what didn't make him the bad boy? David's women falling for him or even him talking nasty to Rachel or even being around to rescue Rachel from danger. He really didn't have to return back to Silver Falls, so that the police could capture David. Caleb was away from Silver Falls for 20 years and although, he did visit David prior to his return - it didn't leave room for him being the killer. Right off the bat, the reader finds out that David is the killer - even David's POV lets this be known, but for some reason and although it's impossible for Caleb to be the killer - Caleb is thought as being the killer, even Stephen is thought as being the killer, because after all the man was pretending to be in a wheel chair, when he could walk. There was no twist. There was never going to be a twist.
Rent this book from the library. I bought it at a library sale.