Davidson, bestselling author of the Undead series, has spun supernatural romances around vampires, mermaids and werewolves. Now she’s trying her hand at love in the loony bin.
The author has created a fantasy world posing as reality, beginning with a little-known branch of the FBI, the Bureau of False Flag Ops, or BOFFO, that distinguishes itself by employing agents who are all dangerously disturbed. There’s a kleptomaniac, an arsonist, an agoraphobic secretary, a sociopath and our heroine Cadence, who has multiple personality disorder. Cadence (blonde and perky) and her two “sisters” (Shiro, a brilliant Japanese fighter, and redheaded Adrienne, a sexed-up killer) form the perfect crime-fighting package. The three will need all their skills to capture the ThreeFer serial killer who is now working on Cadence’s home turf of Minneapolis. Bodies are piling up, three at a time, and Cadence and her partner George are far from solving a crime spree that has offered little in terms of forensic evidence and even less in profiling. Then ThreeFer strikes again, with a gift-like offering of clues that Shiro immediately understands—ThreeFer is killing to get Cadence’s attention. Meanwhile, romance is in the air as Cadence meets her best friend Cathie’s (she and Cathie met years ago at the mental institution where orphaned Cadence was born and raised) brother Patrick. A fabulously wealthy baker, Patrick knows all about Cadence’s multiple personality disorder and thinks it’s cool! Three chicks for the dinner price of one! Very strange…is he the ThreeFer killer? Or is it sociopath George? Maybe Cadence herself? Davidson’s murder mystery has a multiple personality of its own—chick-lit comedy, violent whodunit and some kind of contemporary retread of The Three Faces of Eve, the combination of which deflates the tension and calls into question the taste of its comedy.
Kudos for quirkiness, though the novel is neither quite as funny nor as mysterious as it would like to be.