Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Mason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Mason's final victim—Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman."
It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. Samantha wants agents who have personal ties with killers, who have unique insights into the minds of monsters. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.
The last person he expects to see is his ex-lover, Dawn. Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother…and since he last saw Dawn. But the dark need still burns just as hot between Tucker and Dawn. As they grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both Tucker and Dawn have the same question—has Mason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?
So, ten years later and still this couple pine for each other but will they get a second chance? Ms Eden really aims to confuse her readers as there's no proof the Iceman isn't still around and everything points to him coming back from the dead and finally catching up with Dawn. Yet the reader knows that Tucker carries a very dark secret and after all, didn't his brother claim they worked together? Yet Dawn wants to believe in Tucker no matter what her eyes tell her.
We first met Tucker in the previous book, After the Dark, when this ex-Seal played such a pivotal role in securing a happy resolution. I think that's possibly what I missed here. I'd imagined Tucker as an action hero type and yet here I just didn't see it. Plus, the odd romance really didn't quite convince me. Sorry, but Dawn whilst trying so hard not to be a victim just didn't quite feel real to this reader.
What does work is the killer and the way he goes about terrorizing Dawn. Yes, she's a pawn in his plan that involves those around her but as the author throws around red herrings, it's quite possible the reader has already guessed who but not why!
Tortured heroes and second chance romances are very appealing but unfortunately this time as I'd built Tucker up so much in my imagination (think McGarrett in Hawaii Five O), I'd expected a lot more gun toting action packed scenes. Still as a suspense driven story it really works, although it's the heart wrenching truths that Tucker reveals, the vulnerabilities of this couple as they push ever forward that I will remember.
I voluntarily read an advance copy of this and these thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.