Every once in awhile, I’m in the mood for a good romantic suspense book. Filled with a twisted killer, a cheesy couple and a big reveal at the end. “All the Dead Girls,” fits the bill perfectly.
This is the third in the Graveyard Falls series, but can certainly be read as a standalone.
The book follows Beth, formerly JJ, who was abducted as a teen, but doesn’t remember any of it. Her guidance counselor was convicted of the crime, but she always questioned his guilt. Then, the long-buried bones of more than a dozen girls are found after a storm, including the friend JJ disappeared with. She returns to town to see if she can figure out who is behind the killings once and for all. The towns sheriff, Ian, is also on the case – and shocker! – he’s the stepson of the convicted man out to prove his innocence.
You have to suspend belief a little bit with this one, since it’s incredibly unlikely that a third serial killer would inhabit this same small town and that JJ and Ian would be allowed to investigate, with their personal ties to the case.
But past that, it’s a good story. The killer is seriously freaking twisted, and there are several points in the story you think you’ve got it all figured out, only for the author to add a new layer. This all also happens against the backdrop of religious fanaticism, which I think is incredibly creepy and kept me turning pages.
The romance was a little over-the-top (I didn’t really get the chemistry between the characters) but it wasn’t terrible. I guess I liked the mystery so much, I was too focused on that! Hopefully, we’ll see more of these two and develop their relationship a little more.
If you’re a fan of romantic suspense – Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, etc. – you’ll want to pick this one up. It’s made me a Rita Herron fan.