A brutal rape and beating, online dating and a criminal investigation, these are the primary components in Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel. Although this story doesn't provide extreme graphic descriptions of the rape, it does start with a graphic description of the beating. This was just a bit off-putting but it does set the tone for the story. All at once we're forced to view a situation that puts us off balance while immediately becoming sympathetic with the victim and despising the perpetrator. We're brought back to an even keel when introduced to police inspector Louise Rick. Louise is called out to investigate and feels for the victim as she walks her through the initial interviews and physical examinations. Louise continues her investigation and quickly realizes that this is a serial rapist finding his victims online. Regrettably the next victim is murdered before the rapist can be caught.
While Louise battles for her victim and pursues her investigation she must also deal with co-workers, family, friends and her live-in significant other. Louise is also concerned for the safety of her best friend Camilla because she's made a foray into the world of online dating and is meeting her new "friend" at her home. Camilla is a journalist familiar with the hazards of online dating but feels she's savvy enough to know when someone is trying to take advantage. As the police continue their investigation they realize that the only way to catch the rapist is perhaps to catch him online using Louise as bait.
All of the characters, dialogue and scenes in Call Me Princess seem quite realistic and credible. The investigatory process and politics were actually quite interesting to read about. Ms. Blaedel starts the story off with a jolt and continues with a high-energy criminal investigation. Call Me Princess is a good suspense read with lots of intrigue and heartfelt emotion.
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