Melody

Orion | November 2016 | 368 pgs
Source: Library



Lovemurder is the second book of the Valerie Hart Series and though I haven't read the first book I found myself engaged in this compelling thriller featuring San Francisco Homicide detective Valerie Hart. 

When Valerie got called to a crime scene the last thing she expect is to find herself seeing Katherine Glass again. Known for her beauty, intelligence and ruthlessness in crimes, Katherine is being convicted for six counts of assault and murder. While Katherine is put behind bars, her other accomplice known as The Man in the Mask (or 'Lucien Chastain' if that is what he is named) is still at large. The latest murder case bears all the hallmarks of the previous six victims; and as if that is not enough there is a note from Katherine's ex-accomplice addressing to Valerie with implications that sent shivers down her spine. Valerie had seen the footages of their previous crimes six years ago and till today it still haunts her. But she is a cop and to stop more killings she has no choice but to confront Katherine, again, and get her to decipher the messages which the killer has sent her.  

Lovemurder is one compelling serial killer thriller. Each character is flawed and that nothing here is all black and white. Valerie and Katherine are two interesting women who will make the reader wonder about their inner world, their personal demons and their state of mind. Valerie is a devoted detective and despite after six years Katherine still get under her skin. Katherine is an intelligent and a manipulative woman who seems to understand the fragility of a person's mind and one who knows how to make good use of it. 

Lovemurder is not only a dark, riveting thriller but also an exploration of Valerie's and Katherine's mind. Their exchanges is one of the engaging parts of this story, alongside the killer's murder attempts. Katherine's ex-accomplice, however, is more of a shadow and his identity is a mystery; and although I understand his real self would be revealed towards the end it didn't come off as a surprise to me. The plot and the characterisation are well balance so overall this book kept me on edge. I'll be interested to read the The Killing Lessons, which is the first book of the Valerie Hart Series (these two books can be read out of order since the cases are standalone). 


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7 Responses
  1. jenclair Says:

    Ooh. I like this premise! I'm going to check on this author. :) Postcard in the mail; letter later. :p


  2. jenclair Says:

    I missed it on NetGalley--both of his books were offered, but no longer. :(


  3. Lark Says:

    Sounds like an intriguing series. I kind of like that they're standalone books. Reading a series in order doesn't always work for me. :)


  4. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I hope you're able to find this book at the library. Got your postcard. :)


  5. Melody Says:

    Lark - Valerie is an interesting character; I'd definitely like to read more of her. I'm not good in reading series in order; and I appreciate them more if they work as standalone. :)


  6. Iliana Says:

    Oh interesting... It's not often we see a serial killer with a female as the killer.


  7. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Exactly. And I think a female serial killer is equally scary as their male peers. And they can be unpredictable, too.