FBI agent Paige Carson has been running from serial killer Todd Thames since he was let go on a technicality. Will her boss, Sam McKade, help protect her from Thames? And from her own demons?
When she and her sister move to a small town in rural South Carolina, Paige hopes she's escaped the killer's reach, but she's still responsible for her sister's well-being. She's unwilling to be romantically vulnerable, presumably owing to all the years she's spent beating herself up for the poor life choices that led her to this point. Sam is divorced, with a precocious son and an ex-wife who's eager to be with someone who doesn't have to keep secrets from her. Paige and Sam are attracted to one another, of course, but will Sam be able to break down the walls Paige has built to keep herself safe? Turns out he will, by offering up some hot, hot sex. But wait, there's a murderer on Paige's trail! The mystery piece of this book seemed as forced as the internal turmoil of its main characters seems overwrought. Late in the book, Thames does as bad guys have always done—kidnaps, tortures, and abuses. Some of the torture is seriously horrific and gratuitous. It does offer Paige a chance to prove to herself that she's pretty brave, but then the story ends too neatly. The hero and heroine end up together, but it's hard to figure out if this is a happy ending or just a weirdly abrupt one.
A little like fast food: it's not the best burger you've ever had, but it'll do in a pinch and ultimately feels unsatisfying.