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Julie Madigan's career with the New Mexico State Police ended in the puddle of blood on the floor when she survived having her throat cut. But a year of recovery left her desperate to hide the scars and to escape her past. She moved to Michigan, away from friends and coworkers who knew her secrets. Now a Medical Examiner Investigator, Julie Madigan plays by the rules, but the rules change when a killer sends her clues and evidence about two victims, taunting her with his unusual methods of murder, pulling her into his twisted game, targeting those she cares about. His goal - to prove Julie will kill like he does. While trying to identify him, Julie discovers the monster has been closer to her than she imagined, leaving her in a race to save the victims he's selected, forcing her to choose who lives and who dies.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Writing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)|
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Life's secrets have a way of surfacing at the most inopportune time. Julie Madigan's past comes to the fore when she is the victim of a bomb explosion while on the site of a murder investigation. Madigan, a medical examiner in Michigan was running from her past as officer with the New Mexico State Police and from her abusive husband who she killed in self-defense. Her past was revealed during her hospitalization when she had to explain the scars on her body, identifying the reason her neck had a jagged knife wound from ear to trachea. While her friends and new employer struggled to grasp the significance of the subterfuge, a murderer was sending messages to Madigan, making a game out of her inability to solve the next death even with hints as to how it would happen. This mysterious game-playing killer knew more than anyone else about her past, the how and why are what is so cleverly bought to light until the skillful penmanship of debut author Val Conrad. Struggling to maintain her relationships and her life Madigan is forced to endure more than anyone should have to in order to eventually expose her private monster. Conrad's expertise in the field she writes about is obvious and her familiarity with the geographical areas she takes us to give this novel the finite touches to make the subject as real as possible. This was a page turner that had me on the edge of my seat.
After her throat is viciously cut - nearly ending her life - Julie Madigan ends her career with the New Mexico State Police and relocates to Michigan, where she strives to start her life anew. Beginning a new career as a Medical Examiner Investigator, Julie attempts to establish a sense of normalcy and stability - but her efforts soon prove in vain as a twisted killer draws her into a deadly game involving the innocent lives of those she cares about most. As she scrambles to uncover the killer's true identity, Julie is ultimately faced with the gruesome realization that she alone holds the power to determine exactly who lives - and who dies - forcing the resilient survivor into one of the fiercest battles of her life... Blood Of Like Souls is a mind-bending tale of drama and mystery. In standout fashion, author Val Conrad combines an intriguing cast of characters with twisting plotlines to craft a superlative suspense thriller sure to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Through Julie, her inimitable protagonist, Conrad does a particularly notable job of evoking strong empathy and sympathy, both for the tragedy that nearly ended her life, as well as for the sinister game in which she soon finds herself trapped. Through her skillful storytelling style, Conrad holds the reader's interest rapt as Julie's twisted fate unwinds - all the way up to what proves to be quite the surprise ending... A highly original suspense thriller, Blood Of Like Souls is a solid debut from a promising new literary talent. An enjoyable read. Josee Morgan Apex Reviews