The 13th Victim

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The 13th Victim

Sherry Scarpaci delivers a fabulous psychological suspense. This was one of those books that I just couldn't put down and while I stayed up the entire night reading I did not regret the missed hours of sleep. Detective Kate Turner is an amazingly real heroine, she has flaws and strengths and everything in between. The killings were shocking and interesting and the author did a wonderful job of her descriptions without sensationalizing the gory details. I loved the look behind the scenes at so many different places, again the author did a skilled job of making university and police life so accurate without weighing things down with too much detail. The characters were all well developed and their interactions a pleasure to witness. I guess the word I would choose for this entire story would be authentic. This is my first book by the author but I certainly hope it isn't my last.

Detective Kate Turner takes crime personally but her current case is personal. When a serial killer called the Butcher starts killing women in an amazingly similar fashion to Christopher Long a serial killer from Florida who has been dead for twenty years. The killer seems to be taunting her and she vows to catch him no matter what.

Book Blurb for The 13th Victim

The whispered call comes in the middle of the night: “Kate, I left a present for you at the Little River Bridge.”

Detective Kate Turner knows the meaning behind those chilling words: there’s another dead girl to haunt her dreams.

The press dubs the killer the Butcher, and the crimes are eerily similar to those committed by Christopher Long in Florida. When his grisly souvenirs show up at crime scenes fourteen hundred miles away, it appears Long’s on the hunt again—except he’s been dead nearly twenty years.

Kate’s done her homework—she knows Long worked alone. So who could possibly have his gruesome keepsakes?

The case hits close to home for Kate—too close. Now she’s on a hunt of her own, determined to catch the Butcher if it’s the last thing she does…and that’s just what the depraved killer has in mind.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2016 4.00