Conscienceless, yes, but I’m not studying psychotics. These aren’t people who hear voices that tell them to kill or don’t know the difference between good and evil. They simply have no real understanding of emotion, can’t truly connect with other humans. They do whatever benefits them, whatever interests them, and they feel perfectly justified.
Rating 3.5 stars..
Ever since her attack at age 16, Evelyn Talbot has been determined to understand the mind of her attacker. Jasper was her boyfriend whom dragged her to an abandoned shack and tortured her with the intent to kill her. She trusted him. She didn’t see this coming and she wonders how she was fooled along with all those knew him. With Jasper still out there, years later she is now in Alaska and head of a facility that houses dangerous criminals like her ex boyfriend. She along with another colleague will study and determine what makes these dangerous criminals do what they do and why to be able to apprehend others like them and to protect society.
When two of the women that work at the facility turn up missing and their disappearance is linked to her, she must find out who it is before another victim turns up dead. She with the help of Amarok, Alaska State Trooper, she must learn to trust and face her fears to be one step ahead of the killer. Is the killer an inmate, or a local or could it be Jasper returning for her?
Many things going on here. A woman fighting her fears by putting herself in the battle of understanding the depravity of men who find pleasure in others pain. A true narcissist. While in the battle, she begins a relationship with Amarok on her terms. A man who seems to understand her desire to control. The author leaves it open on who the predator may be so pay attention. Each chapter starts with a quote from actual notorious criminals such Dahmer, Bundy and a few others. An interesting read which leaves you guessing at every turn.
A Special Thank You to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.