Serial-killer hunter Nick Shade built his legendary career chasing monsters—sadistic criminals with a gruesome thirst for death. When he rescued Montgomery detective Bobbie Gentry from horrific captivity and helped her reclaim her life, he didn't intend to be a hero. Or a target. But now a copycat murderer haunts him, and reuniting with Bobbie is his best chance at neutralizing the threat.
Bobbie can't forget the nightmares of her trauma—or the man who saved her. Working with Nick to outmaneuver the person behind a deadly vendetta feeds her hope that there's more to her world than ghosts and destruction. Maybe joining Nick's search for a killer is about gratitude. Maybe it's nothing more than cold revenge. But the only way they can protect themselves is to trust each other.
I really don’t like regurgitating the synopsis of books so I just try to focus on the writing style and development.
What I liked: Ms Webb has quickly been added to my must-read list for her romantic suspense books. I’ve only read two books by her but I now know I want/need to read more!!
A Deeper Grave begins not too long after the first full length book in the series, No Darker Place. With the ending of the first book, I was wondering if all the characters were returning for A Deeper Grave. I couldn’t figure out how Ms Webb was going to get Nick Shade back into the storyline. Of course, I needn’t have worried at all.
In the first book, we learned a lot about the heroine, Bobbie Gentry but in this installment, even though she still stars, Ms Webb is fleshing out Nick’s character. He was so mysterious in No Darker Place and to some extent remains that way here, but he seems just a bit more human. Well, of course he’s human, but learning his backstory emphasizes the reason his personality and drive to hunt serial killers are what they are.
I enjoyed Bobbie’s character much more this time around. Her development at the end of the previous book was a big step in my connection with her. I’m still fascinated with the secondary characters more than usual which is a huge kudo to Ms Webb’s writing and character development. In addition, I thought her plot of having serial killers sort of working together and covering for each other was a brilliant way to manage such an intricate plot line.
The best praise I can give Ms Webb is her ability to surprise me as a reader. I read so many mystery, suspense and thriller books that when an author can make me second guess my deductions, I’m impressed. I had glimpses of the bad guy/guys but only barely pinned it down before the ending. Since it happened that way, A Deeper Grave had my complete attention when I was reading it.
I also thought the ending was stellar and no, I can’t give any clues because it would just spoil everything BUT, I can’t wait for the next book. I’m already stalking NetGalley to see if it will be offered as an ARC.
What I didn’t like: Before I write a review, I like to take a couple of days to process what I’ve read. Part of that process is deciding what I didn’t care for in the book. If I still have a gripe about something I add it here. If I can’t remember something that bothered me, the “what I didn’t like” section gets a nada. A Deeper Grave gets a nada. ; )
The pricing for the e-book is projected at the normal $7.99. What I will say is the first book, No Darker Place, was also $7.99 when it released in February but is currently on sale as I write this for $0.99. That’s a steal in my opinion for the quality.
I was provided an ARC of A Deeper Grave from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.