Perfect suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham! The latest book in her New York Confidential series.
Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.
Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan’s, her family’s pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who’ve worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan’s in lower Manhattan.
As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it’s clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to “preserve” that beauty by destroying the women who embody it…
If I’m honest, this book was a bit hard to get through. Not because of the writing or the storyline, but this cast of characters was a little easier for me to dislike. And there were so many characters moving around that it also became a bit confusing. With that said, I feel like this bit of chaos also added to the story, since the story is dealing with murders and the FBI is working on it urgently. You have the nosy characters, the ones involved just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and then the characters who matter more.
I know Kieran’s character is important in this book (she is a main character), but there were many times where she made me shake my head. I did feel like her character was a bit disjointed. She is this incredibly intelligent woman, a forensic psychologist, and she’s dating this very incredible FBI agent. There is a scene where Craig is telling her to be careful with her curiosity and she says yes but in her very next thought, she’s planning to do some digging on her day off. It just didn’t necessarily make sense to me. Not just because her boyfriend tells her to be careful but her own career would call for her to be aware and to be paying attention. She just seemed sort of “blah” about the danger going around.
I loved the mystery within the story. Heather Graham can do suspense better than almost anyone. She always keeps me guessing and manages to keep me on the edge of my seat in anticipation. I always enjoy the rollercoaster ride I’m on: one minute, I’m working on solving the mystery. The next: I’m in the mystery and am giving myself the creepy crawlies.
Overall, I thought the book was good. I’ve read many Heather Graham books and in all fairness, I think if this had some of the paranormal aspects like some of her other stories do, I think this book would have connected with me more. There were just certain times where the characters would feel this gut reaction or nagging feeling and it just wasn’t really able to be explained more.