Edge of Midnight

Edge of Midnight

by Leslie Tentler
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Edge of Midnight by Leslie Tentler

The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach—bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped—and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.

FBI agent Eric MacFarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession…and Mia holds the key. She'll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778313137
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Series: Chasing Evil Trilogy Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 945,242
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.15(d)

About the Author

Leslie Tentler worked in PR before writing fiction. Her first manuscript won multiple RWA chapter contest awards, including the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. Leslie is a native of Kingsport, TN. Growing up, she was an avid reader, first of Nancy Drew novels and then surreptitiously devouring her mother's historical romances at probably too young an age. Her reading interests later moved to dark, contemporary romantic thrillers, which she writes today. She lives in Atlanta.

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Edge of Midnight 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
NoellePierce More than 1 year ago
This final book in the Chasing Evil trilogy was even better than the first two, but induced some nightmares. No, wait. That's a good thing. I had to pull myself from the book a few times and remind myself that it was fiction. Leslie does an amazing job of describing the scenery and situations that it's easy to get swept into the investigation and the suspense over whether the good guys will figure out who the bad guy is before the next murder. That said, this book is much more gruesome than her first two. You are warned. I loved Mia's character and her background made her the perfect foil for both the murderer (she was the one that got away, after all) and for the hero. Her resilience and determination were admirable. The psychological explanations were strong enough to make me wonder if Leslie had a degree in psychology or criminology, and they all fit well. Unlike her first two books, the killer in this one is known to the reader, which is a welcome change to the suspense/romantic suspense genre. It's more realistic, because serial killers are rarely known to law enforcement, making it even harder to catch them. In this book, the race to catch the killer is just as exciting as in a book where the killer/criminal is unknown. There were maybe two or three minor issues I had with the story and/or writing. First, the romance fell secondary to the suspense. The scenes for sexual tension were downplayed more in this book than in the others. Another minor thing I noticed (because I'm a east-coast Florida native and this book took place in Jacksonville) was how Leslie phrased the titles of a few places and landmarks, which immediately told me that the author was not from the area. This isn't a deal-breaker, because I don't expect writers to only write stories that take place in their hometowns, and none of the errors were egregious. And let's face it: the hero wasn't from Jacksonville, either, so she can easily be forgiven those when in his point of view. The third thing might be a deal-breaker for some, but only from a personal standpoint. This book had multiple points-of-view, and not just the hero, heroine, and villain. Minor characters were given some scenes to tell the reader things they would not otherwise know. In addition, Leslie occasionally used an omniscient point of view, again to tell the reader something they would otherwise not know. In those cases, it worked well to heighten the tension. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for people who enjoy the genre, and don't mind the occasional gory details of a serial killer's sadistic tendencies. You won't be disappointed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and characters. I also loved the chasing evil trilogy . Thriller and romance mixed together . Was pretty graphic in violence side. Don't need to read in order.
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DoB77 More than 1 year ago
Good suspense-filled book. Really like the way the author ended this one. Don't miss out on the first two in the trilogy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great trilogy
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Ms. Tentler can write mysteries with the best in her genre. Early last year, the first book in the Chasing Evil trilogy, Midnight Caller was recommended to me. I read that book and instantly grew enamored of the author's writing. While these books are probably classed as Romantic Mysteries, and romance books are not my normal preference, Leslie Tentler's books are a cut above. Edge of Midnight is another winner for the author, who writes like she has been established in this field for a while. What I particularly like about Leslie's books is that the romance takes a back seat to the mystery plot. And the mystery plots are right up there with the best. In Edge of Midnight, we meet Eric McFarlane, an agent with the FBI's Violent Crime Unit. Eric has been called to Florida to investigate the case of a serial killer who he has run up against in the past. But as in all good mysteries, there is more to the story than at first meets the eye. This book had me staying up late turning pages just to see where the story would take me. I kept thinking, one more chapter and I will quit, but would keep reading anyway. That is always a good sign with a mystery book. My only caveat about the books is that they are considered a trilogy. I kept waiting for the three stories to tie together somehow. In fact, they are only loosely related, but that is really not a negative as they all stand very well on their own. I hope that Ms. Tentler will continue to write mysteries like these as I will certainly be on board to read them.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Great, creepy, suspenseful read! Just the right blend of criminology and romance--though it's definitely not one for the faint of heart. More than one scene is fairly gruesome, but that's to be expected given the subject matter. It's definitely not done gratuitously, but it is there, so be warned if it's going to bother you. For me, it was very reminiscent of a well-done episode of Forensic Files or The New Detectives--with the definite plus that it was fiction! (And the only visuals were in my mind. Though come to think on it, that might actually be worse....) Leslie Tentler did a fantastic job of getting into the minds of her characters--Mia, the "one who got away", Eric, the agent determined to bring the Collector to justice, and the Collector himself--shudder. His point of view might have been the most realistic of all. I'm definitely going to pick up the first two books in this series--soon!
Momof4AT More than 1 year ago
Just happened to come across this series and glad I did. Can't wait for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked so forward to another one of Leslie Tentler's books being published - was definitely not disappointed!
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This was the best romance novel I have read in a long time. The story had me hooked from the first to last page and left me wanting a sequel exploring the relationship that develops between Mia and Eric. Although the details are a bit gory at times, I feel there was a perfect balance between suspense and romance.
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