To say that Emily has a lot of issues to deal with is a major understatement. Her father was never "understanding" in the best of situations and after her abduction things became even worse. Her mother tried to make the best of a bad situation but was limited in what she could do. Emily accepts that her sister is an innocent bystander in all of the family drama, so she returns for Laurie's sake. She also has the opportunity to rekindle her friendship and possible romance with Bailey O'Neil. Meanwhile Bailey is dealing with his own family drama saga. Bailey has had to take over as acting sheriff because his father, the former sheriff, has just been killed in a car accident. He also has to deal with a contentious grandmother, planning his father’s funeral and a murder investigation. Just when Emily thinks things may not be so bad she discovers a murdered body left in front of her family’s home. The Baby Doll killer, a known serial killer, is in her hometown. The investigation reveals that Emily may have been this killer's first victim many years ago and he is now targeting her again.
Ms. Lynn has filled The First Victim with mystery, intrigue and suspense with a touch of romance. Just when you think you know where the story is going, it takes a twist that you never saw coming. Some of these twists are action oriented and others are emotional, which I felt just added to the story. There was just enough romance, mystery, drama and suspense to keep me interested until the final page.
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