This is the second book in the New Orleans series with detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, and a serial killer who kills his victims in the way the saints were martyred. A woman named Olivia Benchet can see the murders happen, unfortunately the killer can see her too and now she is on his list of saints to kill.
At first skeptical, as time goes on Bentz and Montoya realize that Olivia is their best chance at catching the killer, something that becomes critical when they realize that Bentz’s 19 year-old daughter Kristi is also on his list.
Jackson seems to have a ‘formula’ for her books, a ritual serial killer with a ‘special name’ in this case The Chosen One, a woman with a connection to the killer, a romantic interest for said woman and a dark secret from the past, usually also tied to the woman. Despite these similarities, Jackson keeps the stories interesting with the variations in her characters. The way each one reacts to the situations and suspects all around. In this case the killer has blue eyes and so do several of the male characters. And even when you know who the killer is, you still don’t really know who he is, until the end.
This book kept me fascinated until the end. When the killer was revealed. You also learn more of Bentz past and a little about Montoya, also a fascinating character.
~ Suspense/Thriller ~ finished 7/15/2009
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