Dr. Iris Ballard’s glory days are behind her, so when Luke Hudson, her former FBI partner and onetime lover, asks for help constructing a psychological profile of an elusive serial killer who murders single mothers and dumps their bodies in the woods, Iris turns him away. She just wants to be left alone with her infomercials, her German Shepherd, and her vodka. That is, until she gets a peek at the case files.
The media has dubbed him “the Woodsman.” But after Iris learns the sickening details held back from the press, and as she sets foot onto the scene of his latest crime, she assembles a portrait of a more complicated, enigmatic, meticulous man. Control is his motivation. He thrives on it. Soon he even tries to manipulate the investigation by contacting Iris, hoping to rattle the woman he considers an intellectual equal.
The game is on. Iris thinks she has a read on her target, enough to push his buttons, to make him lose control. But when the Woodsman gains the upper hand, Iris faces the most painful reckoning of all—with her own violent past. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. The author is very talented in her character development and she creates unforgettable ones in this book. Iris is one tough woman and although she bends, she does not break. She was one of the best profilers but that was before her world fell apart. Now she is determined to pull herself together (I felt she did this rather quickly and unrealistically) and do what she can to help find the “Woodsman”. He is one nasty villain and I thought he was as bad as any that I have ever read about.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The plot is tightly crafted and the suspense is carried out well throughout the entire book. Even knowing who the killer is does not take away from the suspense and tension I felt when reading this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written crime thriller. This is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. I will be watching for the next book in this series.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Alibi for the opportunity to read and review this book.