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Kat's Review of Ready To Die by Lisa Jackson

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Synopsis: One by one he'll stalk them, then he'll squeeze the trigger, savouring the way each lifeless body crumples to the reddening snow. One down already. And then there were five...

Sheriff Dan Grayson lies near death and the police department of Grizzly Falls, Montana, is in shock. Then a prominent judge's body is found.

Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez head up the search for the killer, but they don't realize how personal and dangerous the case is going to be.

Headstrong and eager for justice, Pescoli tracks the scant clues straight to a monster who has had her and Alvarez in his sights all along...

Kat’s Rating: 3/5

Kat’s Review: This is the first Lisa Jackson I have read and if I’m being honest I wish I would have started at the beginning of the series. Although I say that you can still read this without any prior knowledge of the characters. This book is part of a series featuring Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez. The book starts with the death of an unknown woman, who it transpires is actually a judge. Then we switch up to the local police and meet the guys there and before you know it the extremely popular Sheriff Dan Grayson is near to death.

Quite a lot packed in there but essentially the hunt then begins for the murderer. I quite liked the characters, and ended up rooting for Sheriff Dan! All of them seem flawed and quirky in their own way but very likeable. However, although I certainly enjoyed the book I thought it was maybe getting the balance wrong in terms of the split between romance and suspense. I think I may have felt completely differently had I read the series from the beginning (I knew I should have done that!).

Overall certainly an enjoyable book and I will certainly look for more of her books, but I think ultimately I will end up going back to the beginning and starting from book 1. I think this is the sort of series I would enjoy and think my own preference is to meet the characters from day 1.

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