Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: March 2017

Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it"

I'll admit to being a little reluctant to read A Perfect Obsession because I was a bit underwhelmed by the first book in the series, Flawless.  I felt like the author was kind of phoning it in with that one. I ended up being pleasantly surprised at how much this second book hooked me in and made me want to keep reading.  The book once again features Keiran and Craig.  They met in the first book and now they are a couple.  Because of their jobs, they both end up working on the case of a potential serial killer in the area.

The mystery is what really sold me.  I was really kept guessing until the end.  With multiple suspects, it was hard to pinpoint the killer.  Also having the main characters already be a couple, there wasn't the sense of forced insta-romance that the first book had.  I was able to concentrate on the mystery with the added bonus of a couple in love.  I do recommend this one. Honestly, it works well as a stand alone.  There was enough background to clue you into the events of the first book that you could skip it and be comfortable.  I definitely recommend the book and look forward to the next one, A Dangerous Game.  I'll be reviewing that on the blog later in March, so stay tuned!

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