This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on October 31, 2017
I’ve loved this author’s books for a few years now, but it was only last summer that I finally went back to the beginning of the series and started with Don’t Tell on audio. Book and narrator had me riveted. I was eager to go back for more of that so I picked up book two with the added bonus that it was about one of the side character investigators and his family that I took a shine to when listening to Don’t Tell.
Have You Seen Her? is book two in the series and it does have the connection of Steven and his family to book one, but I think a reader could pick it up standalone without too much trouble.
Have You Seen Her? was as wonderfully gritty and twisty as can be expected from this author. There is a definitely thriller quality that explores the darkest corners of the human mind with what a human can do to another human. Because the killer went after teen girls, I felt the immediacy of the law enforcement team as they worked hard to track down a serial killer. Steven, an investigator, is part of it all. It set up slowly and the intensity didn’t really get underway until later.
The killer’s perspective was chilling and there are some squeamish scenes that might not be for everyone. I had my suspicions about the killer, but in the end, I suspected a few people so I can’t actually claim to have guessed right though one of my suspects was right.
Usually, I love how the author brings in a personal growth and a romance in as balancing elements to the darker suspense. This one was an exception. I enjoyed Steven in the first book and I did like that he wants to be a more involved dad with his kids. I thought it was interesting and sad how Jenna was being bullied for flunking the star football quarterback and mostly from the parent. However, when it came to his romance, I didn’t like Stevens much. I get where his issues are coming from, but, bottom line… he was too hung up on the past with issues from his deceased wife and Jenna brought baggage from her past into it, too. The drama from this pair got distracting more than anything.
The teamwork with the law enforcement folks and following along as they tenaciously worked the case is a favorite part of these stories and it was this time. The pressure they were under especially Special Agent Neil who wants this one so badly.
I experienced this one in audio format and was delighted by the work of Michael Ferraiuolo yet again. He does a wonderful job with all those characters, male and female, including accents, and strikes just the right tone and pace for the situations in this book. I got chills a few times from the villain scenes and was hanging on the edge of my seat a few times.
So, in summary, it was another engaging story from a favorite author and fast growing favorite narrator. It got off to a slow start, but when it got going, it was riveting. Those who like darker and grittier romantic suspense and thrillers should definitely give this book/series a go.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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