Review: Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler

17 Jan

Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler
Harlequin/MIRA (Jan. 24, 2012)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $6.99
ISBN: 9780778313137

Favorite Line: “He began to squeeze, thrilling at the bob of her small Adam’s apple under his thumbs.” (p. 380, egalley)

The collection isn’t complete without her…

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach—bloodied
and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer.
After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome
souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins,  bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She’ll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.

Edge of Midnight feels like an homage to the classic story Kiss the Girls written by James Patterson, but it has a definite romance angle. It feels like Patterson with a dash of Catherine Coulter. What you need to know: Edge of Midnight is a thrilling romantic suspense told in the third person and the final installment in Leslie Tentler’s Chasing Evil trilogy. Through the “wandering eye” we see events unfold around both the hero and heroine, as well as the villain and his victims. This is one of those books which make you scream, “don’t answer the door.”

The Chasing Evil trilogy all revolve around serial killers, FBI men and female would-be victims. You’ll meet three different types of killers and possibly love them all. I truly enjoyed book one, Midnight Caller, but I was bored with book two, Midnight Fear. I was sucked into the action and creep factor which make up Edge of Midnight immediately, so I’m now two for three with Tentler’s books. I see myself checking her out every time she releases a book.

I know the story is a romance, but it is heavier on the suspense in my mind. This makes the story solid and adds depth. It avoids the instant love trap and allows a “realistic” love to build. Both the hero and heroine have been victimized and traumatized by the serial killer in the story. Neither is looking for love so it was fun to watch their friendship grow. Actually, to be brutally honest, the romance didn’t catch my attention until the final quarter of the story. I was so focused on character’s surviving the drama that I paid little notice to the tension building between the characters.

When you need a book that will keep you on pins and needles, you need to hit the store and purchase Edge of Midnight. It’s one of those books that can be read several times and despite being a romance should appeal to straight up suspense lovers. You’re guaranteed a happy ending (Duh, romance.), but getting to the end is an adrenaline rush. I’m glad I read it.

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