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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Book 13: EDGE OF MIDNIGHT Review

Edge of Midnight (Chasing Evil #3) by Leslie Tentler
ISBN: 9780778313137
Publication date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Mira

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach—bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She'll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.

Mia Hale is the luckiest woman alive since she has escaped the clutches of a serial killer. Regrettably she doesn't remember very much about her abduction or the killer. Eric MacFarlane is hot on the case of the serial killer known as "The Collector," but his motives are questionable as his wife was a victim of this killer just a few years ago. Eric is determined to protect Mia at all costs but is he willing to risk his career?

There are serial killers and then there are sick, twisted and sadistic serial killers. The Collector belongs to the latter category and he is determined to keep Eric informed as he abducts and then tortures women up and down the Eastern coast. Fortunately Eric has a secret weapon . . . a survivor, Mia Hale, to help stop this killer once and for all. Using his contacts, Eric uses a relatively new and somewhat dangerous method of collecting suppressed memories. Mia is willing to take the chance because all she wants is her life back without constantly looking over her shoulder for the killer. Little does she know that she is putting her life in danger with the retrieval method Eric proposes, but she's willing to take the chance.

Edge of Midnight is the third in the Chasing Evil trilogy by Leslie Tentler but these are not sequential books and can therefore be read out of order. The suspense is more psychological in nature as the killer seems to want to play head-games with his pursuer as he taunts him with each abduction and murder. The characters and action are believable and realistic. The suspense and tension gradually build and kept this reader wanting more. The romance is not front-and-center but seems to build as gradually as the suspense. Edge of Midnight was a fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable read, perfect for a lazy weekend.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review purposes from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  1. This looks good, I actually declined an offer to review this since it was book three..now I am sad, since you said it can be read as a standalone. Great review!

    1. Kimba, I was hesitant and went so far as to purchase the previous trilogy titles. It wasn't until I began reading them that I found it was the themes that tied them together rather than the characters. If you get a chance to read it please let me know your thoughts.