When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common–a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities–and their hearts.
Dangerous Passage exposes a fully-realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. Romantic suspense fans will be hooked from the start by Lisa Harris’s first installment of the new Southern Crimes series.
I found this book on Net Galley and as soon as I saw serial killer(I know weird, right?) I requested this book. It ended up being a completely different story then what I thought it was going to be. I received this book in return for a fair and honest review.
Avery is a young widow with a preteen daughter and a demanding job as a homicide detective. She gets called into the case of murdered Asian females. On the side, she is trying to solve the murder of her police officer brother. She is also just starting to date Jackson, a medical examiner. Very busy lady, especially when someone starts coming after her and not in a good way.
Okay so Christian fiction and serial killer doesn’t exactly go hand in hand. And actually there was nothing in the description to tell me that it was Christian fiction, but it was. To tell the truth, this was the first book of that genre that I have read since I read Christy when I was a teenager. And by the way, Christy was a wonderful book.
This book reminded me a lot of an extended episode of Law and Order, SVU and I kept thinking that all the way through the book. And while I love that show, I wasn’t expecting the book to actually almost mirror some of the cases you see on that show. No spoilers so I won’t go into why I felt that way.
The book was very readable and it is obvious that the author knows how to write, however, the story itself was to me, not as good as it could have been. I had figured out pretty much most of the story very early on. Maybe I feel this way because I read lots of serial killer books and this one just wasn’t as intricately plotted as it could have been. Or harder to figure out.
There is definitely going to be a sequel as only parts of the story are explained. Unless the author is planning a whole series of books about Avery as a detective, I am not sure there is enough of a mystery left to write another book about. Not a criticism, just not sure where the author is taking the story.
A fairly good story with likable characters and I rated it 3.25 stars.