Monday, May 15, 2017

LETHAL LIES by Rebecca Zanetti

Publisher:   Forever
Published:  May 16, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455594290
Genre:       Suspense
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Heath Jones, along with his two brothers, Ryder and Denver, have lived essentially off the grid for a number of years. Not that they’ve done anything wrong…well except for killing the man who abused them as children. Dumped at an orphanage, studied by a woman purported to be a doctor, beaten and abused by this man, one day they had enough. Now the brothers are on the trail of a serial killer dubbed the Copper Killer because his victims are red-headed women.  Asked by one of the victim’s families they have crossed state lines pursuing the killer. Along the way Heath met and despite his best efforts, fell for Anya Best.

Criminal psychologist Anya Best has just broken up with a long time boyfriend. The last thing she wants is another relationship. What she does want is to find the man who killed her sister, Loretta.  When men purporting to be U.S. Marshals try to remove Anya from protective custody under the FBI she quickly learns Heath may be her only chance to find her sister’s killer…and save her life. But there is more at play than a serial killer as Heath’s past races to find him. 

I can’t resist picking up a book about serial killers.  There is something about the psychology behind what they do I find fascinating.  Add in some bad boys doing the right thing and I’m hooked. Rebecca Zanetti’s LETHAL LIES reminded me of a cross between UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) meets THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier) with a touch of modern day genetics thrown in.  I wasn’t overly impressed with Zanetti’s first book in this series, DEADLY SILENCE and debated going forward reading LETHAL LIES.  There was a tremendous difference in the two books. Definitely the same voice, but there was more to the characters’ makeup in LETHAL LIES.  I kind of got the feeling Zanetti may have felt more of a connection to Heath than Ryker in book 1.  Anya’s profession as a criminal psychologist was sheer genius and I liked how she participated in assessing the killer’s identity. The way she handled him when he was revealed was really well done.

I don’t know who I dislike more—Dr. Madison or Sheriff Cobb.  They are both despicable characters you just love to hate. Madison could have put Josef Mengele to shame with her actions and very sick mind. I’m not sure who I want to see get what is coming to them more—Cobb or Madison. And given what those two have done historically…is one of her “creations” really gone? Or will he be back?

Lots of twists and turns in this one and just when you think you’ve spotted the killer a new suspect pops up.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



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