Just last week I finished reading a interesting, new to me, mystery trilogy by Lynette Easton, when I received her newest book, When a Heart Stops. This is book two in her new trilogy, Deadly Reunions. When a Heart Stops is a fast-paced book with a truly surprising ending.
Serena Hopkins is a medical examiner, and Dominic Allen is a FBI agent. Together, they must try to stop the killer who leaves no evidence, except for a doll dressed to resemble the victim, at the scene of his crimes. It seems as if at every turn the killer has again been one step ahead of the duo. Serena is sure that she is safe until her home is invaded and she is in the line of fire. What is it going to take to find a killer, who seems to be killing people just for the fun of it? Is it a weird game that he is playing, or is there a pattern to the crimes?
I appreciated the fast pace of the story and the hints that the author gives to help the reader solve the puzzle. I did wish that I had read book one of the series first, as there were several references to the first book characters which left me a little puzzled as to whom some of the characters were. The reader should be aware that the book is a little intense in one or two places, and might not be the best choice for a younger reader. Nonetheless, this was a great read for those of us who love a good mystery.
I anxiously read chapter after chapter trying to figure out who the murderer was....gradually towards the end I had a couple of ideas as to who it was, especially once Lynette revealed a clue.
I really liked the twists and turns of the story and how it kept me guessing. It was really hard to pick out the killer from among all the characters and I found myself trying to recall what the first book was all about to see if there was a connection between characters that would give me the key to cracking the serial murder case.
As the series title indicates, this is a murder mystery novel. The descriptions of the murder victims is dealt with discreetly, yet Ms. Eason definitely does not skirt around other details. There are not gory details. So if you like a nice clean mystery definitely check out this series.
When a Heart Stop gets two thumbs up from me.
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When a Heart Stops keeps your heart racing and your mind guessing. Lynette Eason grabs you on page one and keeps you in suspense to the very end -- and even longer!
Serena Hopkins deals with death on a daily basis in her job as a medical examiner. But when death strikes too close to home, her job becomes anything but routine. Working with Dominic Allen, an FBI agent and former high school crush, to find a serial killer adds even more excitement to the case. In a sick, frightening game, finding and stopping the players is a life-and-death race.
When a Heart Stops picks up right where the drama of When the Smoke Clears left off in Lynette Eason's Deadly Reunions series. In fact, this series is one where the individual books would not work so well as stand alones. If you like to have all the loose ends tied up in a neat package at the end of the story, you might want to wait until you can read all three books at once. However, if you enjoy ongoing suspense and major teasers stretching into the wait for the next story -- this is a great series! I don't know when the conclusion of the series is coming out, but I'm anxiously waiting getting the answers to some mighty big questions.
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
(This book was provided free from the publisher for my honest review.)
A gentle edge. That's what I think of when I read Lynette Eason's suspense novels. She keeps you on the edge of your seat, but her words have a gentle tone to their suspense. The killer is sick, but quietly so. The characters are nervous, but not frantically so. This makes for that gentle edge.
One coy killer is on the loose, and Lynette Eason will keep you flipping pages through the final chapter of the book to find out who it is. You'll think you'll know and then you'll doubt you're right.
Because this is a Deadly Reunion novel, you may wish to keep a list of character names. It's been awhile since I read When the Smoke Clears. Several of the cast from that are the same cast for When a Heart Stops. It took me a few chapters to figure out who everyone was again and how they were connected. Having a list of the characters' names would help keep them straight between the two books.
I always enjoy Lynette's stories. If you like suspense thrillers but don't like a lot of gore or blunt detail, you will enjoy her novels.
*Please note: I received a copy of When a Heart Stops from the publisher for review. I am in no way bound to providing a positive review of the novel. However, I enjoy books rather often, and Lynette Eason has written something I enjoy reading, so I give her my thumbs up and share my review with you.
Oh the bodies are dropping! I think there must have been another murder every twenty pages and there really isn't much time to do a whole lot of gawking with this novel.
I'm not a blood and guts kind of girl, I'd rather reader a romance over a murder, so when I read a murder, I take them suspenseful. If you're going to creep me out_then. creep. me. out. I think this novel didn't a pretty fair job of that task. The balance between murder and romance was pretty well level, though it did tip a bit heavier towards the murder business side.
The novel did feel a bit as though there needed to be a killing to keep the tension level high, but I didn't think it too much until the ending.
I loved it when the story took a personal turn for our heroine. Putting someone close to her in danger, totally upped the anty and pumped my blood. Excellent moment in the novel. The only place where I thought it totally came out of character for the novel was at the end and the twist. Which of course I can't say anything, so my lips are sealed, except to say I didn't see it coming and wasn't sure it really fit_but that's just my personal opinion.
All in all, great book, cliffhanger ending, darn that author! ;-) And I have to wait more months until we figure out what's in that envelope people were killing over. Shoot.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy to review.
**Available October 2012 from Revell, a division of Baker publishers**