Deserves To Die by Lisa Jackson is a great mystery/suspense book. There are actually two mysteries contained in this book. The first is who is killing women and cutting off their ring finger. The second is who is after Jessica/Anne-Marie and why.
There has been a murder in Grizzly Falls, Montana. The body of a young woman is found, and her ring finger and ring is missing. Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescolli are the detectives assigned to the case. Besides having to work the murder, the two detectives are also struggling with the fact that their old captain, who they respect and like, has been shot and they do not know if he is going to survive. Pescolli is also dealing with another potential problem, she is pregnant. Her children are teenagers and she does not know if she wants to travel the baby road again. She is engaged but she is not sure how her fiance will react to the news of her pregnancy. She has a lot on her plate and she is struggling to get by each day. Then another woman is murdered, and again the ring finger and ring are missing. It looks as though there is a serial killer in Grizzly Falls.
Jessica/Anne Marie is on the run and she has come to Grizzly Falls looking for help from the injured captain. She is a master of disguise and although she has totally changed her appearance, she is worried that HE will find her and kill her. But who is He and why does HE want her dead?
Both story lines run side by side throughout the book and at the end they intersect in a big way. The suspense and tension build throughout the entire book, beginning on page one and ending in an explosive conclusion.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. They have many human characteristics, both positive and negative, just like we all do. It is easy to begin to care about them and worry about what is happening in their lives. You can feel their pain, anger, frustration and determination.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. Lisa Jackson is very descriptive in her writing and pulls you in right from the start. I felt like I was there in the middle of the snowstorms that kept pounding Grizzly Falls and was standing there at the murder sites, taking it all in. This makes for an even more exciting read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well crafted murder/suspense book. I have read many books by this author and have enjoyed them all. If Lisa Jackson is not already an author on your to-be-read list, I would recommend you place her on your list.
I received a free copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this great book.