I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion and review.
My favorite genre these days is romantic suspense. I have only experienced this genre from a few authors so when the opportunity to read a debut book from a new author i was happy to volunteer to read it. First Victim is the debut novel by author JB Lynn. Let me start with the blurb as a introduction to the book.
Available June 13, 2011 from Carina Press
THE FIRST VICTIM
For fifteen years The Baby Doll Strangler has terrorized the East Coast, abducting teenage girls and leaving their perfectly primped bodies for their families to find.
Fifteen years ago, one girl escaped him.
That girl, now a 31-year-old woman, Emily Wright, believes she has also escaped the memories of her abduction, until a family emergency forces her back to her childhood home to care for her teenage sister.
As she tries to build a relationship with a sister she barely knows, the nightmares of her abduction return. When a girl from her sister's school is kidnapped, killed, and left on Emily’s doorstep, her paranoia goes into overdrive.
Has her kidnapper resurfaced and returned to town too?
Emily must decide who to trust: her girlhood crush Deputy Bailey O’Neill, the FBI agents who have failed to catch the killer in the past, or the only person who has defeated this monster before: herself.
Family secrets and small town rumors abound as the body count escalates and the killer draws closer to the Wright sisters.
Time is running out and Emily must face her fears and unravel the secrets of her own kidnapping before her nightmares come true and she, or her sister, become the next victims of The Baby Doll Strangler.
Emily Wright was kidnapped at the age of 16. Three days later she escaped when by luck Evan Swann a fellow classmate saw her trying to escape and helped her get away. She left town as soon as she could to get away from the memories that haunted her and because her father a psychiatrist insisted she get over the kidnapping like it was that easy. Now 15 years later she gets a phone call that her father has been seriously hurt and she needs to come home for her 15 year old sister. That's where the killer wants her though and so it begins.
I really enjoyed this book but there was more suspense than romance in this one. It was more chilling than most romantic suspense i have read but i was still drawn into it. You have to remember that i also have not read a lot of different authors that write romantic suspense so this romance/suspense equation for this book might be the norm for a lot of other romantic suspense readers. That being said i really liked this book. The suspense was damn suspenseful and quite scary. lol Half way through or so i suspected who the bad guy was but i was never sure to closer to the end and still surprised in what was really going on and who the real bad guy is. To read a excerpt of this book and find out more about the author JB Lynn please click here http://www.jblynn.com/. I give First Victim 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars. Available from Amazon and Carina Press.