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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"
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book is a series but you can read it as a stand alone, although it is helpful to know a bit about the Finnegan family background. I did not read the previous book and I did find it a bit difficult, but not too much, to get to know the Finnegan siblings. The opening chapter was my favorite chapter in this book, it started off with a bang. I did like the interaction between Kieran and Craig, fraught with tension and some passion here and there in the book but not too much that it took away from the murder mystery. The mystery was the main plot and it remained the focus of the book. A serial killer is murdering beautiful women and displaying them in the underground of New York City. I found the history of New York City to be interesting, Kieran’s brother runs a tour group that takes you back in history to old time New York City. The Finnegan family runs a bar that has been in the city for ages and a big part of the book takes place in that bar. The main reason I requested this book was for the mystery, I love nothing more than a action packed mystery/thriller where I have no idea what the ending will be. I felt that overall this delivered that for me. I admit that I had some idea of the outcome but was not absolutely sure.
The book delivers a good solid plot with enough twists that did keep me guessing but a bit too distracting with the Finnegan siblings that really had nothing to do with the main plot.