Today is another day to talk about a book. Today’s book review features one of my favourite kinds of female characters– a fighter despite a complicated, harsh backstory.
I’ve been in the mood more crime novels these days because they are usually quick, easy reads that transport readers straight to the middle of a murder investigation. I’ve been looking at a couple of different lists and book recommendations before stumbling across this one (it was actually on multiple lists!). I went straight to Goodreads, read the synopsis, and instantly had me added it to my tbr.
Note: would recommend checking any content warnings before reading this book!
Edition: Ebook, 480 pages
Publication Date: December 28th 2010 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345520394 (ISBN13: 9780345520395)
Series: Lucy Kincaid #1
Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was attacked and nearly killed by an online predator. She survived. Her attacker did not. Now Lucy’s goal is to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she’s volunteering with a victim’s rights group, surfing the Web undercover to lure sex offenders into the hands of the law. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.
With her future and possibly even her freedom suddenly in jeopardy, Lucy discovers she’s a pawn in someone’s twisted plot to mete out vigilante justice. She joins forces with security expert and daredevil Sean Rogan, and together they track their elusive quarry from anonymous online chat rooms onto the mean streets of Washington, D.C. But someone else is shadowing them: A merciless stalker has his savage eye on Lucy. The only way for her to escape his brutality may be another fight to the death.
Love Me to Death is the first book in the Lucy Kincaid series From the very first chapter, we are introduced to Lucy Kincaid, a woman who was sexually assaulted and tortured a few years ago. These days, Lucy is busy waiting on the results of her FBI application and juggling her other jobs– volunteering at a victims rights organisation called Women and Children First (WCF); an organisation that seeks to capture paroled sex offenders and lure to recapture. Lucy has been living a relatively normal life, so it was a shock when the police question her about her kidnapper’s murder; immediately she is thrust into a homicide investigation trying to figure out what kind of monster would kill another one.
Let’s talk about our main character. Lucy is a character you root for. It’s hard not to– especially when you consider the absolute horror she experienced. The flashback scenes provide an uncomfortably vivid scene of just how terrible it must’ve been for Lucy during her kidnapping and torture. It is quite difficult to read through Lucy’s past, so I would take caution and check any content warnings beforehand. Despite this Lucy has goals and ambitions, and it is clear that she has her heart set on becoming an FBI agent.
The plot is intense. Readers are immediately thrown into a suspenseful, dramatic chase as they witness Lucy become entangled in her kidnapper’s murder investigation. There are twists that I did not expect, and revelations which might surprise even fans of true crime novels. It does start off a little slower than I would have liked, but the second half of the book really picks up pace and reads more swiftly. The author has a great talent for keeping tensions high from start to finish, and as a result, had me eating dinner an hour later because I wanted to finish the chapter. Again, I would recommend checking up on content warnings due to the fact that this novel does contain some darker themes which may make some readers uncomfortable.
There is also a blooming romance between Lucy and another character which provided a very-much needed contrast from the darker parts of the book. The romance did not at all feel forced or unnecessary– in fact, I quite enjoyed the romance. In my opinion, it allowed readers to see another, more vulnerable, side to Lucy.
To conclude, this was a really solid start to the Lucy Kincaid series. I look forward to checking out the other books in this series, and cannot wait to see more of Allison Brennan’s work.
Have you read Little Face by Allison Brennan or any of her other books?
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