In Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s edgy new thriller, Louisa Hancock thought she was safe…but there’s a new killer in town.
When a mysterious package lands on Louisa Hancock’s doorstep, the Philadelphia museum curator can hardly anticipate the nightmare that’s about to envelop her. The package is addressed to her father—an expert in Viking culture—and inside is a ninth-century sword, a chilling thank-you note, and photos of two dead bodies in a tableau evoking a Nordic funeral. The gruesome images match a recent crime scene. But before the police can investigate the killer’s connection to Louisa’s father, Ward Hancock vanishes.
Sports bar owner Conor Sullivan wants nothing more than to spend his life with Louisa. Devoted and protective, he refuses to leave her side after her father’s disappearance. When a troubled young boxer he’s been coaching is suspected of the murders, Conor is pulled in even deeper. Desperate, Louisa and Conor take it upon themselves to find her father, but soon another ritualistic slaying makes it clear there’s a Viking-obsessed serial killer on the loose. And he has a new target: Louisa.
Genre: Mystery, thriller
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 4 of the Midnight Series
POV: Multiple – Conor, Luisa, Detective Ianelli, the Killer
Steam-level: Some warmth
This is the first book I’ve read from the Midnight series (even though it’s book 4). In the beginning I felt a little lost, needing to learn the characters and their backstories. However I caught up quick and was able to get into the story. Once I started I could hardly put Midnight Obsession down. This mystery was so well written that it kept me guessing until the end and then some. Mysteries are one of my favorite genres but I’ve been avoiding them as I guess the killer pretty quickly. Every time I thought I figured it out Leigh would throw in yet another possible suspect or throw in another loop in her tangled web of mystery. The use of Viking death rituals was intriguing and smart. The theme throughout was resiliency and the ability to continue to move forward even as life punches you in the face. This book has it all – an intriguing mystery that keeps on giving, some one-liners that made me giggle out loud, a few tears, a little bit of sexiness, and reminders that life isn’t always pretty.
I received this book for free from the author/publisher via NetGalley. I’m voluntarily giving an honest review.
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