Monday, July 4, 2011

Midnight Fear-Leslie Tentler

Midnight Fear
Leslie Tentler
Mira, Jul 19 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778312468

IN DC FBI Agent Reid Novak extorts Joshua Cahill to drop the knife he has pointed at the throat of his latest victim. Blaming his sister Caitlyn for betraying him by giving the Feds his journal, Joshua slices the woman’s throat before Reid and his partner Mitch Tierney shoot him. Joshua’s subsequent conviction as a serial killer destroys his father’s political career; Senator Braden Cahill died from a stroke shortly after and his wife Caroline went insane.

Over the next two years, Caitlyn struggled with survivor guilt with what happened to her parents though she knows she did the right thing with the end of the Capital Killer’s terror reign. Ostracized by the Washington social class who blame her for betraying her family, Caitlyn left the city retuning to her family farm Rambling Rose near Middleburg, Virginia. However, recently a copy cat killer has surfaced who reenacts her brother’s killings and terrorizes her for betraying Joshua. Still haunted by the last victim he failed to save, Novak vows to keep Caitlyn safe while also ending the second Capital Killer’s reign of terror.

The second exhilarating Midnight FBI romantic suspense (see Midnight Caller) is an exciting thriller from the moment Reid confronts Joshua and never slows down until anticipated final confrontation. Reid and Caitlyn are terrific protagonists who met during a tragedy that left both suffering from PTSD. Although the motive for the copy cat killer is clich├ęd, he is a shocker as readers will enjoy Leslie Testler’s dark police procedural.

Harriet Klausner

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