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Review: Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden

★★★ ½ #TBRPile

How have I not ready Ms. Eden before? I found this on my TBR Pile from 2011. As I slowly work through this list, I find some that are duds and some that are winners. I think I heard my TBR Pile just groan. I now need to read all the backlist books from this author.


I'm a fan of romantic suspense. When this is mixed with FBI profiling with a special unit, similar to Catherine Coulter's FBI suspense thriller series, I'm hooked. This first book is fast and furious as Monica Davenport is a profile who can think like serial killers. Her ties to the man leading this elite team are due to a painful past.


Now it appears her past is coming back to haunt her. From when she was a child and her one favourite mistake whilst she went through the agency schooling. Luke's been fighting to receive an invitation to this elite team hunting down serial killers. When he crosses paths with Monica again, the "ice princess" heats up and their chemistry is about to explode.


I enjoyed the dynamic between Monica and Luke. It felt realistic with their history and now having to work together in a stressful life or death job. They partner well together. Ms. Eden creates characters with depth and shows how they can be a survivor of trauma.


The suspense part of this story is fascinating to follow along. The serial killer is unique and I'm kind of impressed with this one. It is memorable. I am a little surprised by a couple of things in this story. Specifically, there is 1 item that is a spoiler that I won't go into. Suffice to say, I'm not quite sure how the killer pulled the wool over so many people's eyes in a small town.


This romantic suspense is just the right pace with a satisfying conclusion. Recommended to suspense lovers who enjoy profiling and catching serial killers.