Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: Pretend You're Safe by Alexandra Ivy

Author: Alexandra Ivy
Publisher: Zebra
Date of publication: August 2017

First came the floods. Then came the bodies. The victims—strangled, then buried along the shores of the Mississippi—have finally been unearthed, years after they disappeared. He remembers every satisfying kill . . . each woman’s terror and agony. But there’s only one he truly wanted. And fate has brought her within reach again . . .

Jaci Patterson was sixteen when she found the first golden locket on her porch. Inside were a few strands of hair wrapped around a scrap of bloodstained ribbon. Though the “gifts” kept arriving, no one believed her hunch that a serial killer was at work. Now Jaci has returned home . . . and the nightmare is starting once more.

Back then, Rylan Cooper was an arrogant deputy sheriff convinced that Jaci was just an attention—seeking teen. It was a fatal mistake. There’s a murderer in their midst, someone determined to settle old scores and keep playing a twisted game. And it won’t end until Jaci is his forever . . .

In Pretend You're Safe, a local farm is flooded when the levies break during heavy rains.  A dead body and a skull rise to the surface.  Jaci is worried the bodies may be connected to the mysterious lockets she received in high school.  Rylan once thought Jaci was over reacting, but when she gets a new locket after the flood, he sets out to help find the killer.

This was a fairly enjoyable romantic suspense.  There was a pretty solid mystery.  I definitely kept me guessing because there were several suspects.  So, I didn't call the ending because I was sure the killer was someone else.  Looking back, though, I can see the clues that I should have picked up on.  We do get the killer's point of view throughout the book and added to the suspense.  The characters were OK. I did like Jaci and Rylan separately.  It was nice to see Jaci finally believed by law enforcement. They did have a history, but their romance was a bit tepid for me.  There wasn't any real heat.  Truth be told, I would have been fine without the romance part.  I guess I just wanted a bit more between them.  I would love to see if Michael and Payton get a book.  The next book, What are You Afraid of?  is out now and is on my TBR pile.  

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