The First Victim

The First Victim

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by JB Lynn
     
 

She was like all the other victims. Naked, flawed, helpless...

Fifteen years ago, Emily Wright barely escaped from a serial killer dubbed the Baby Doll Strangler. She wants nothing to do with the small town where she was abducted, but when her father is hospitalized she reluctantly returns home to care for her teenage sister.

When her

Overview

She was like all the other victims. Naked, flawed, helpless...

Fifteen years ago, Emily Wright barely escaped from a serial killer dubbed the Baby Doll Strangler. She wants nothing to do with the small town where she was abducted, but when her father is hospitalized she reluctantly returns home to care for her teenage sister.

When her sister's friend is killed and left in front of Emily's house, Emily begins to relive the nightmare she endured long ago. Soon she realizes that her sister, too, is in danger from the killer—and the only person who can help is the man Emily left behind: Deputy Bailey O'Neil. Together, Emily and Bailey must discover the killer's identity before he claims his next victim...

72,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426896927
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
219,894
File size:
496 KB

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She was like all the other teenage girls. All of them were disappointing once he got them like this.

Naked.

Helpless.

Flawed.

She huddled on the floor in a puddle of her own piss and shit, trembling and whining like a beaten dog.

She hadn't been hurt.

Much.

Yet.

He really wished she hadn't made such a mess of herself. He liked them clean. He wanted them to be unspoiled, not caked in their own filth. He needed them to smell sweet, like candy.

She balled herself tighter as though that offered some protection.

He laughed, the sound bouncing off the concrete walls, the echoes magnifying his mockery of her. She couldn't stop him. He'd take what he wanted from her. He owned her. She was his plaything now.

He didn't tell her again to get up; he just turned the hose on her. She yelped when the first blast struck her. Instinctively, she rolled away from the icy water, but she couldn't escape. She cried out as he kept the stream aimed at her tender flesh. She held out her hands to ward off the stinging assault, but he kept changing his angle of attack.

"Stop! Please stop!" She scrambled to her feet, trying to put some distance between herself and the harsh spray, but he pursued her relentlessly.

"It hurts!"

He smiled. It had been a stroke of genius to use a power washer instead of a lowly garden hose to clean off the dirty girl.

She backed all the way into the corner. "Please stop. Please. Please!"

He paused, and she sobbed her relief. "Thank you!"

She looked so pathetic, so unlike the perfect doll he wanted her to be. Pink welts rose on her skin where the water had lashed her. He wondered if they'd be warm to the touch.

He moved closer and she pressed back against the wall. He lunged to the right. She threw herself in the opposite direction, leaving a smear of water against the wall where she'd leaned. As he followed her, she moved farther away. Normally, he loved this part. The part where they danced this bizarre, macabre tango, but today he just wasn't in the mood.

She froze as he raised the handle. He smiled as he saw her hope of escape get extinguished.

Except for her shivering, she stood still, waiting for him, knowing that she had no other choice. Her eyes drifted closed, signaling her surrender.

He used the nozzle to push away the arm that was covering her young breasts. Obediently she let it fall, offering no resistance. With his free hand he traced a line of water beads from her throat down to an exposed nipple. Her skin was cold, but at least she was clean.

Grabbing her hand, he pressed her palm to his dick. She curled her fingers into a fist, not wanting to hold him, so he jammed the hose between her legs, reminding her of his power. Her almost blue lips parted on a pained gasp as her hand unclenched.

Submissively she wrapped her fingers around him. Even though her hand was icy, the discomfort was still a pleasure.

"That's a girl. Up and down. Up and down."

As she tentatively stroked him he leaned in and licked a welt on her shoulder, tasting her. What flavor was she? Orange? Grape? Cherry?

Every time she rubbed him, he ran his tongue over her skin. The hose nozzle fell to the floor with a clatter as he pushed her back against the wall, pinning her there, so that he had both hands free to squeeze her tits.

"Don't stop," he ordered when she hesitated.

She began to stroke him again in earnest. Not that it would do any good. He never, ever came this way, not even when he used his own hand in the shower, but it still felt good.

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The First Victim 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This novel is phenomenal! The synopsis itself peaked my curiosity and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it-the idea of a serial killer tracking down the "one that got away" intrigued me to no end, and I wasn't disappointed in the least as I read. I was pulled into the novel from the very first page and couldn't put it down until I'd read straight through to the end. Of course, I picked this novel up at nine o'clock at night just for a perusal and found it so riveting that foregoing sleep to finish it was absolutely necessary. I couldn't have put the novel down, even if I had wanted to (and I didn't), as Lynn did such a magnificent job creating a twisted, dark thriller. I love a novel that keeps me guessing, and that is exactly what The First Victim did. All the way through I kept pointing fingers at different characters, dubbing them the "Baby Doll Strangler," and when I finally ended up settling on one character above all others, it ended up being the wrong character. In fact, the actual killer wasn't even on my list of suspects, and that's how I know it's a great novel. As Lynn revealed the identity of the killer, everything clicked for me, and as I thought back on all the scenes involving this character, it all made sense. This, in and of itself, proves to me that Lynn is a very talented writer, a pure genius able to keep the reader in the dark along with her characters-knowing just how much to reveal to keep the reader hooked, but never giving away enough to allow both the reader and characters to see the truth until it's too late. I loved it! For me, the story was chillingly real and all the characters were very well written. I feel like they all grew in one way or another throughout the novel, and that's a feat in and of itself since I feel like many writers, especially those with multiple characters end up creating some static or flat characters. That is not the case in The First Victim, and I highly enjoyed getting to know each and every character-even the twisted ones. Lynn truly is a phenomenal writer and I cannot wait to read more of her work. I highly suggest reading this novel, as it will blow you away! Five stars!
GirlWhoReads More than 1 year ago
This review originally appeared on my blog. I am pretty sure that a few co-workers thought my Nook was permanently attached to me this week. Why? Because I was reading the best murder mystery of the year. It is a good thing the sun is shining brightly, because this dark thriller tested my limits by bordering on horror. Yet, I couldn't put it down after reading the first few lines. Emily may have distanced and distracted herself, but it is obvious she has never dealt with her traumatic past. A single phone call from her high school crush requesting she comes home practical sends her spinning into a panic attack. Her reluctance to return to her hometown is understandable and when she wrecks her car a few miles outside of town you can't help but empathize with her. With flashes to her abductor throughout the story it is not a question of if, but when will the shoe drop. Lynn spins a tale that keeps you on your toes and suspicious of every male character in the story. You'll be turning the pages as fast as you can read them. The plot is so engaging that I was able to overlook a few weaknesses in the story. I thought Bailey's character was a little naive and borderline stereotypical of a small town cop. However, he has been with the FBI and quickly surmised the serial killer they were dealing with when the first victim shows up on Emily's doorstep. Maybe he is too close to the situation or blinded by his desire to reconnect with his childhood best friend and the stress of burying his father. But there just seems to be something inconsistent with his character. It is a minor issue; it did not detract from the story and I really didn't think about it until I finished the book. I was certain I would be giving The First Victim a 5 star rating. I was consumed by the mystery, wrapped up in the momentum (J. B. Lynn did an excellent job with pacing) until it all came to a halt with a sex scene. If this had been a movie, it would have been when I would have gone to the bathroom or gotten a refill of soda. It ruined the momentum of the story for me and it was not needed. I think it would have been better to have the scene fade to black and kept the story moving forward instead of breaking for an intermission. I had trouble getting back into the story after it. For this reason, I can only give it 4 stars. Do you like murder mysteries where you can figure out whodunit by piecing together the clues? The First Victim is littered with clues for the observant reader, yet there are enough twist and red herrings to keep the reader from guessing too early (I figured it out partially about 2 sentences before the reveal). It's a great read and you should be lined up to purchase your copy when it is released on Monday. I received a free copy of The First Victim from Carina Press via Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the method in which I received the book.
ChambersGirl More than 1 year ago
"Shhh, Baby Doll." The words should infuse comfort... Instead, they fill Emily Wright with terror. Those are the words her captor used to whisper to her during her 3-day trip to hell when she was sixteen. Three days - such a short amount of time, but enough time to change a person forever. Emily fought to survive and to escape not only the dark basement where she was held, but also the town that unknowingly flaunted the memories she so desperately needed to distance herself from. The now thirty-one year old Emily is a co-owner of her own company, a New York resident, and an avid runner. Finally, she has a life she is both comfortable with and proud of. The shrill ringing of her phone upsets the world that Emily has so carefully crafted... She's summoned "home" due to a boating accident that left her father in perilous condition and her fifteen year old sister alone. She reluctantly returns to her childhood hometown, not for her father (whom she hoped she'd never have to see again) but for the love of the sister she hardly knows. It doesn't take long for the haunted and hunted feelings to return to Emily. Immediately, Emily begins finding notes and other mementos from a secret admirer and teenage girls - friend's of her little sister - start disappearing, only to reappear looking like porcelain dolls... Dead porcelain dolls. Could the disappearances be related to Emily's kidnapping years ago? What does her secret admirer/stalker want with Emily? Why is this all happening in the quiet lake town? The First Victim is a twisted tale of pilfered innocence, cunning deception, and predatory planning and trapping... If that isn't enough to lure you in, the sinister side of the book is coupled with a sweet story of realized and redeemed love between Emily and Bailey (Emily's childhood friend turned senior law enforcement). There wasn't anything I didn't like about The First Victim, everything was spot on! The characters were wonderfully depicted, the pace was swift, the plot was well thought out, the climax had me biting my nails, and the resolution left me fully gratified. This is definitely a romantic thriller I would recommend!!!! I give it two very chewed on thumbs up!!!! Great job, J.B. Lynn!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Discovered this author by accident. I could only hope all "accidents" were this rewarding!!! What a good story teller, and hope to see many more (in this genre) from this author!! Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pick a comfortable seat because once you start reading this gripping story, you won't want to put it down! Well drawn characters and an intense storyline will leave you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in two days... loved it so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I thought that it could have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read books faster than my favorite authors can write them, so I'm always looking for new ones. If her next book is as good as this one, then JB Lynn will be one of my new favorites. If you like romantic suspense that maintains a good balance then this is a book you will enjoy reading.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
The First Victim is a captivating mystery that will probably make your skin crawl and your teeth hurt occasionally. I know it did mine. The author, J.B. Lynn created a decidedly evil killer, and at times gets a bit graphic in the details of what the killer does. It's not horribly over the top, though, not any worse than most crime tv shows. The book flows well, I read it in one evening. I had to find out what happened! I will toot my own horn to say that I did figure out who the killer was, but I didn't realize how he/she fit in the story until the very end. There are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing, I suspected everyone at one time or another. This novel will be a favorite for mystery/suspense fans! I was given this book from the publishers, Carina Press, through Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what a story......Jb Lynn knocks another one out of the park, FANTASTIC READ
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