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To say Lily Foyle has had a troubled life is an understatement. When she was six years old, her parents died, leaving her in the care of her aunt and uncle. When she was nine, her uncle was incarcerated for the murders of three prostitutes. Now 25, Lily is addicted to drugs and working in a seedy sex club.

Detective Neil Slater suspects there may be more victims and that Lily may have witnessed something that may help him find out the truth behind these horrible murders. With the help of a psychologist, he tries to get Lily's help. The trouble is, Lily doesn't remember anything-and she really doesn't want to. There also may be someone else who wants Lily to keep those memories repressed. More bodies turn up and the list of possible suspects and accomplice’s keeps grow. As the story moves on it gets more violent and Slater finds it harder and harder to resist his growing attraction to Lily. I found most of the characters very unlikable, with the exception of Slater and maybe Lily, herself. I thought Neil's fellow cop, Tony Blake was exceptionally rude and mean, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. A book like this needs it's "bad guys" as well as "good guys" and I actually think that helps to keep you guessing on who is guilty to innocent. I also wasn't sure what to make of a side story involving the psychologist, Anne, or if it was really necessary to even include it, but I will say it threw me off course.

Overall, I always enjoy a good suspense story and this definitely fit the bill. The author had me really guessing on what really happened and I always find that a plus. If you like murder mysteries and don't mind references to kinky sexual acts or really nasty crime scenes, then you will enjoy this story. As it neared the end, I was still on edge and amazed the author got it tied up in such a short story.

Book Blurb for Fiend

Approx. Word Count: 173 pages

Life has been a bumpy ride for Lily Foyle. Orphaned at six, she is adopted by an uncle later convicted of the sex slayings of three women. Detective Neil Slater believes there are more victims. He is convinced that Lily, now a young woman, addicted to drugs and employed in the sex trade, is harbouring terrible knowledge of the crimes.  Slater sets out with the aid of a psychologist to find out. But Lily doesn't want to remember. And someone else doesn't want her to either, as an attempt on her life proves. Slater is dragged ever deeper into the abyss of depraved sexual practices and brutal murder in this fast moving, gritty and violent tale. Nothing, he learns, is, as it seems. And his own value system is shaken to the roots by his growing infatuation with Lily, her terrifying past and sordid present.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.25