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Series: Graveyard Falls #2
Published by Brilliance Audio Genres: Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Source: The Publisher
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Josie DuKane is on shaky ground. Having narrowly escaped the notorious Bride Killer, she penned a tell-all memoir that dug up a town’s dark past. Now the book is being made into a movie, and Josie must visit the very place that will trigger an avalanche of unwanted memories—Graveyard Falls. On the heels of her arrival, she receives a gruesome photograph of a dead woman with talon marks carved into her face. And worse, Josie just might be the next victim.
Torn between guilt, justice, and revenge, Special Agent Dane Hamrick will do anything to find the man who brutally murdered his sister. When he realizes the recent tragedies in Graveyard Falls bear an uncanny resemblance to her death, he volunteers to spearhead the investigation. But doing so means teaming up with Josie.
Nothing prepares him for the feelings the beautiful, tough woman evokes. As the body count rises and the suspect pool widens, Josie and Dane must put aside their growing attraction to run down the killer who devastated both their lives.
A killer who seems determined to destroy all the pretty faces.…
I love me a good mystery and odd as it sounds, I have a weird obsession with stories with serial killers (anything, really) so I was ALL over this one! I had NO IDEA when requesting this book that it was the second one in a series. It all worked out because the first book was summarized and often referenced, so while I would have liked to read the first one, it wasn’t wholly necessary.
As with most adult mysteries, the story is told from many different POVs but focuses on the main characters. For All the Pretty Faces, that would be Josie and Dean. Josie is a true crime author and survivor of an attack by the notorious Bride Killer. Dane is a special agent and the lead investigator on the murders happening in Graveyard Falls. He also has a personal agenda in finding the murderer and as the investigation continues, he and Josie develop a relationship.
This book was crazy! It reminded me a lot of Criminal Minds, because you get an inside look into the killer’s mind during/after the murders, plus the investigators around putting together a profile. It’s quite twisty too, the person I thought was the killer turned out to NOT be it, and while my second guess was close (I get a half point, simply because of the past issues) I was surprised on WHO the killer was. However, I felt like there were some timeline inconsistencies, and it really threw me off throughout the book.
Because of the writing style and narration, I didn’t really connect to the characters. However, this was more of a plot driven vs character driven novel to me, so it all works out. I liked Dane, I thought he was smart, strong but a little too much on the selfish side. To me, his judgment was clouded because of how close he was to the case. It was frustrating that he didn’t listen to Josie when it really counted. Josie too was strong, tough and smart. I love how she dedicated her life to criminal studies and is writing about her experience and the killers as her way to cope.
I thought the narration was only sub par. I thought Eric Dove was great for the story, but I do wish we would have gotten two narrators. Because I am picky, but also because it’s difficult to hear the chapter breaks, so it took a few to figure out whose view you were getting unless the name was specified. I also thought he was a little breathy, I could HEAR him taking deep breaths so he didn’t have to pause during long sentences. While comical, it’s annoying.
All in all – I liked it! It’s a different pace from what I usually read on a regular basis, but I love mysteries and I look forward to more in this series and other books by Rita Herron. I recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting read, especially if you LOVE murder mysteries.
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read All the Pretty Faces? If so, what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you’d enjoy?
- In my review, I admit that I have a weird obsession with serial killers. Do you have a weird quirky obsession?
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