When Gwen Harwell witnesses someone dumping a body into a Tennessee river, she knows she’s the killer’s new target. Far from home on a work assignment, she isn’t sure where to turn—especially when her ex-husband appears. Five years ago, Dean Harwell’s burdens from his police work tore their marriage apart. But now he says he’s changed. He’s working as a rancher; he’s put his problems behind him. And he’s committed to keeping her safe until the killer is caught. With their troubled past, trusting him with her life is hard enough. Can she trust him with the truth about the child he doesn’t know they have?
Despite being credited as the first in the series, this book continues on from a previous series written by the author (which would explain the casual reference to the heroine being stalked by a serial killer in the past!). This is a reunion romance, carrying on from something that happened in a past book (or past books).
In a Killer’s Sights… was a struggle for me. It was just too hard to get on board with the level of crazy that the story involves. Why is all of this stuff happening to random civilians in rural USA? I can get on board with all kinds of things in believable settings (for example, I’d expect this much random shooting in a warzone), but not so much in a situation like this. The villain was super-villainous, complete with black mask and threatening one-liners.
Perhaps if I already knew these characters I would have been okay diving straight into this crazy situation where everyone is being chased and shot at constantly, but none of it seemed to make much sense.
We were given no chance to care about the heroine before she’s witnessing a murder, being shot at, being *shot*, having her ambulance’s tyres shot out and the vehicle crashed down a cliff, having the Very Bad Man then try and blow her up… All in the first half hour we’ve known her… It made the almost normal conversations the characters conducted in the middle of it all seem odd, though that balance was definitely needed.
There was A LOT of action, so you won’t be bored. But it was too much too soon for me.
Now, once we got beyond the first section of the book there was a bit more showing and a bit less telling, but again I think it might be better to already be familiar with these characters before jumping in here.
Unfortunately, I was having trouble suspending my disbelief to follow this book.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.