Series: All’s Fair #3
Author: Josh Lanyon
Release date: 13 March 2017
Main characters: Elliot Mills, former FBI agent, now university lecturer. Special Agent Tucker Lance, his partner, trying to put an old case to bed and get on with his life with Elliot.
Plot: Elliot Mills has been through a lot in the past couple of years. The object of a serial killer’s obsession, he’s finally ready to be done with the ‘Sculptor’, (the sociopath’s moniker) now that he’s safely behind bars. However, the Sculptor seems to have other ideas. His correspondence seems to suggest that he didn’t always work alone and that Elliot may not be safe yet, after all.
Tucker Lance is glad that the Sculptor is behind bars and not in danger of getting out any time soon. His fxation on Elliot always had him worried, and all he wants to do is keep Elliot out of FBI business and move on without the shadow of murder and mayhem over them. However, it soon becomes clear that Elliot couldn’t stay out of the investigation even if he wanted to – with Tucker’s life possibly in danger, Elliot has to go down the rabbit hole once more…
Why you should read it: This book was a long time coming. I barely remember the earlier books in the series, but this one is definitely my favourite. The dialogue, the story’s twists and turns and the pace of the book were perfect and had me hooked from the start. Elliot and Tucker’s relationship has evolved into something strong and grown up. They are both fiercely protective of each other, but it didn’t descend into angst-ridden drama. The story was thrilling and it kept me guessing.
What you may not like: Not a fan of grisly thrillers? Maybe it’s not for you then. It’s a series, so if you’ve read books one and two, you really should find out how it all ends. I loved the book and all its creepiness.
Rating: 5/5 for a well-crafted tale with a very satisfying conclusion.