When his friend's niece is murdered, Detective Noah Crandall vows to track down the killer. Since the victim worked in an art gallery with the well-connected and well-heeled Vanessa Knight, Noah questions her first. Despite the chemistry between them, Noah tells himself a relationship would be impossible. He's a loner and their backgrounds are worlds apart.
Drawn to Noah and horrified by the death of her intern, Vanessa shares her insights into the New York City art world. As they work together on the case, she's tempted to explore the possibility of a real relationship with the sexy outsider who ignites her desire. But what Vanessa doesn't realize is that in order to complete his gruesome series of paintings, the killer has targeted her to become his next victim...
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Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling. Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.
She writes to reclaim her sanity.
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Grains of sand glistened white in the moonlight, bright against the midnight-black backdrop of her wet hair. With the back of his gloved hand, he brushed a few stray strands off her cheek and to the side, so that it fanned out around her with the rest. He smiled in satisfaction. More sand from the beach sparkled against the pale skin of her face and arms. Blue lips were parted slightly, as if she could take in that last breath she'd been gasping for so recently. Blank indigo eyes stared up at him. He gently closed them. In its wetness, her white sundress clung to every curve, a hint of dark nipples showing through.
She was, in a word, perfection. He'd do her justice.
Taking her limp wrist gingerly in his hand, he lifted it, positioning her arm outward and upward. He repeated the action with her other arm, then tilted her chin up toward the sky.
Sitting back on his haunches, he took in his creation. Even better than I'd imagined. Young. Pure. Ready to embrace what was to come. And she had. She'd done exactly as he'd asked, and he would honor her sacrifice.
He stood and stepped out of the protected cove, the soft sand giving way under his feet. He'd brush away all traces of his footsteps. Nobody would ever know he'd been here.
The tang of salty air hit his nose and cooled his perspiring skin, causing a light dusting of sand to encrust his bare arms and legs. He looked up and down the deserted stretch of beach. Nobody would see them here, hidden in the covenot that anyone was around at this early hour of the morning. He'd chosen the setting carefully, as always.
He turned back to his victim. She had once been known as Lisa, but with his help, she'd emerged from the frothy waves of the ocean as one of his angels. The Angel of Water. Now she would rise to her eternal reward. Pulling his equipment from the bag he'd stashed behind the rocks earlier, he began his process with a thrill of anticipation for the result. The full moon would begin its descent soon, and his light would be gone. He had to work fast.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book!
Another thrilling book in the Mindhunter series. Detective Noah Crandall who we met in the first book Only Fear has taken time off from his homicide duties in Chicago to come to New York to help in the investigation of his best friend Diego's nieces murder. When he gets there he finds Diego is poor shape and on temporary suspension for contaminating the crime scene of her murder. He kicks Diego's butt into action and agrees they will investigate the murder on their own. I remember Noah being a bit of a crabby pants in Only Fear and we finally get to find out what's with the attitude in this book. Vanessa Knight works at the art gallery where Diego's niece worked as an intern. She was the one who found her purse in the alley and reported her missing. Her boss doesnt want any of them at the gallery to speak to the police as he doesnt want the publicity to hurt there upcoming charity auction but Vanessa isnt having any of that - she was friends with Natalee and wants her murder brought to justice. When they dont get very far in the investigation Noah calls Damien who's head of the Mindhunter's for help. Damien ends up coming himself along with a couple of his team to New York. There were side stories of Damien and his ex-wife and a secondary romance between Becca (of the Mindhunters) and Diego. It was nice to get to hear more about Damien's past with his ex-wife. Its because of all of this that I recommend that you need to read the first book to understand everything - about why Damien created the Mindhunters and what the issues were that lead to the breakup of his marriage. It certainly wasnt an easy romance for Noah and Vanessa. Between his childhood issues, her having a boyfriend wanna be fiance who wouldnt take the hint she didnt want him anymore and discovering that Vanessa was on the killer's radar as his next victim these two had a lot to get through. After talking with the author and finding out some of the threads that were left open will be addressed/concluded in future books I felt a lot better about the ending. I am looking forward to more books in this series.
Wipes the sweat from her face grunting slightly at how she over worked her body.