Favorite Lines: “He couldn’t wait to play with them. But not yet. It wasn’t time. Soon though. Right now there was another girl he wanted to toy with. He was putting the finishing touches on their playroom right now. The walls had been soundproofed. No one would hear her scream. The tools were laid out. Waiting for when he was ready for them. The brand-new clothes he’d bought to dress her up i had been washed in rose water. Crushing them in his fist, he raised them to his nose. They smelled so good. Not as good as she’d smell though.” (p. 41 e-ARC)
She was like all the other victims. Naked, flawed, helpless…
Fifteen years ago, Emily Wright barely escaped from a serial killer dubbed the Baby Doll Strangler. She wants nothing to do with the small town where she was abducted, but when her father is hospitalized she reluctantly returns home to care for her teenage sister.
When her sister’s friend is killed and left in front of Emily’s house, Emily begins to relive the nightmare she endured long ago. Soon she realizes that her sister, too, is in danger from the killer—and the only person who can help is the man Emily left behind: Deputy Bailey O’Neil. Together, Emily and Bailey must discover the killer’s identity before he claims his next victim…
The First Victim is 72,000 words of pure suspense. Sure I knew who the killer was as soon as he was introduced, but the details surrounding all the events of the book took me by surprise. The cover of The First Victim does nothing to showcase the story making this one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” cases.
The story is a romantic suspense, but the emphasis in the story are on the “who will survive” aspect. I wasn’t invested in the love story line at all. I didn’t feel their attraction and I really didn’t care. I cared about whether the heroine would survive another encounter with a monster. JB Lynn has done an excellent job stretching out the heroine’s story. She gives just enough to get the reader worked up and excited then lets go of the throttle letting the reader sweat it out until the next injection of adrenaline is unleashed.
Buy or skip it? Buy it. It’s a nice foray into the dark side of humanity. It’s light on the romance, but there is a romantic edge which should please both romance readers and those new to the romance genre. It’s a quick read. My biggest issue with the book was the sex scene. I just didn’t feel it. There was no sexual tension building up to the event and afterward I didn’t feel an emotional attachment. I felt two old friends reconnecting through sex, but no real attraction or life altering change.