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Dead By Midnight by Beverly Barton
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Aug 31, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: thriller, romantic-suspense, just-ok

I picked this up at the airport on the way back from holiday but only got around to reading it now. I hadn't been aware of the author previously and it clearly became obvious that there had been previous books featuring most of the main characters and their involvement with a train of different psychotic killers.
The basic story line was that the heroine had gone to LA seeking fame and fortune when she had finished school leaving her high school sweet heart behind.unfortunately she fell in with sleaze bags who exploited her and after making a porn movie she eventually escaped and returned to her small town life where she is the local pariah/ fallen woman and pines helplessly over her lost love, who was now married with children.

10 years after her return, she gets a number of death threats and reports this to a friend who works for a private agency run by the mysterious Griffin ( billionaire - clearly subject of previous books). Anyway it soon becomes clear that a serial killer has decided to kill every actor who stared in the said porn movie - can he be caught in time?? well I have to say that the Griffin agency did not overly impress as by the end of the book the h was pretty much the only actor left alive.

Overall this was an ok read but not a keeper. I found all the detail about previous characters confusing ( although if you had read the other books you may have appreciated it), there was too much focus on setting up what seemed likely to be two more books, and everyone seemed to have had people they loved killed and in the latter half of the book she also introduced a further mad murderer killing people from the private agency ( next book).

I spotted the killer early on but right at the end of the book the author started throwing in a number of false possibilities which was just annoying as it was so obvious. Also it was clear the killer wasn't exactly a rocket scientist and so it was hard to understand how he pulled off all the murders.

the heroine was an enigma. There was no sense of why she had acted as she had in the past, it is clear she feels ashamed but why she would return to a small time to be a pariah for 10 years was beyond me. The hero ( now widowed) obsesses that everyone he knows has seen the movie and doesn't believe she is good enough for him or a good role model for his kids, and professes to hate her for most of the book. He forgives her in the end after she saves his kids from ( yet another) killer.

One for the charity box
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