As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.
Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?
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I hate to say it, but pretty much every reader finds themselves in a dreaded book funk once in a while. What’s a reader to do? Well, when that happens to me, I read a book outside my trusty, go-to contemporary romance genre—which lead me to pick up Murder Notes. I needed something different to break out of the rut I was in and this did just the trick.
Back in the mid-90s (yes, I’m dating myself here), I loved watching a show called Profiler. It was about a woman who worked for a violent crimes task force while hunting an unknown killer from her past. Sam was nonsense, analytical, and sharp while on the job, but emotional about the horrific event that happened to her. I loved that show and since Lilah Love from Murder Notes is quite similar in character and situation, I was glued to my Kindle.
Lilah is a profiler for the FBI who is hunting a potential serial killer, while also trying to figure out how her past trauma ties into the current murders. She’s brash, strong-willed, demanding, and smart—that is until she runs into her ex at a scene.
While this isn’t a romance per se, there are romantic undertones that run through the story based on the history of Lilah and her ex, Kane. He’s the son of a mafia boss who seems to be the opposite of his father. However, there are so many questions left to be answered, we don’t really know if that’s the case or not.
Lilah isn’t the most likable of heroines, but I enjoyed getting to know her. There are multiple flashback scenes which offer a peek into why she acts the way she does now. I really want to know more about what happened and how Kane fits into the backstory.
I also need to know who the real killer is, so I know I will be reading the next book as soon as it’s available. I’m rooting for an HEA for Lilah and Kane, even if that isn’t the direction the next book takes. She needs some happiness in her life!
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