Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, February 20, 2018
Time and setting: Present Day, Georgia
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Thriller
Book Length: 338 pages
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
The predators become prey in a breathless novel of revenge from a USA Today bestselling author.
Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.
Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.
When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.
As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.
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I always know I’m in for a treat with a new release from Rita Herron. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, I eagerly agreed to read and review her newest romantic thriller.
As with all of Ms. Herron’s books, the characters are real and flawed, the plot is intriguing and there’s plenty of emotions running high. One of the things I enjoy most about her books is the suspenseful scenes. She has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last.
Korine’s character is engaging, and I quickly became vested by her backstory. Her determination to not let fear rule her life is admirable. She is a strong female character and compassionate as well.
Hatcher’s character is dream-worthy. He has plenty of demons from his past, but he doesn’t allow them to stop in in his relentless determination to find the killer. There is good depth to his character that explains his actions.
While the romance is secondary in Pretty Little Killers, it’s still strong and adds a lot to the story. The suspense in this book builds as the tale of mystery and intrigue unfolds. Ms. Herron does a fantastic job of keeping the true villain under the radar until the climax. I never suspected a thing. There is a huge surprise involving Korine at the end that totally blew me away.
If you enjoy a novel with plenty of high suspense with a great “who-done-it plot,” then you will absolutely love Pretty Little Killers. This is a stand-alone novel. Happy reading!