Celebration turns to nightmare when psychotherapist Kate Huntington's guest of honor disappears en route to her own retirement party. Kate's former boss, Sally Ford, has been kidnapped by a serial killer who holds his victims exactly forty-eight hours before killing them.
With time ticking away, the police allow Kate and her P.I. husband to help with the investigation. The FBI agents involved in the case have mixed reactions to the "civilian consultants." The senior agent welcomes Kate's assistance as he fine-tunes his psychological profile. His voluptuous, young partner is more by the book. While she locks horns out in the field with Kate's husband, misunderstandings abound back at headquarters.
But they can ill afford these distractions. Sally's time is about to expire.
(This book is part of a series but is designed to be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.)
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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Fatal Forty-Eight: A Kate Huntington Mystery by Kassandra Lamb is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last word is read. Sally is drugged and kidnapped. Charles, her fiancé, is devastated by her disappearance when he arrives to pick her up for her surprise retirement dinner. He realizes she has been forcefully taken from her office. Friends Skip, a PI, his wife Kate and Judith Anderson, the local police detective, are quickly joined by the FBI. Within a short while they realize the perpetrator is a psychopathic serial killer who in the past has held his captive for 48 hours and then killed them. The law enforcement and civilians break up into small groups and search for clues as to where Sally is being held. Sally wakes to find herself in a small, windowless room with her feet tied and her body in a straight jacket. The story is broken down into hour by hour descriptions and the tension, fright, and anxiety jump off of each page and became so very real. Fatal Forty-Eight was a really good story that was hard to put down. I felt as though I was along on the search and couldn’t rest until I'd helped rescue Sally. Kassandra Lamb has written six previous Kate Huntington books which I have not read, but Fatal Forty-Eight stands alone as a good, suspenseful read. I particularly liked the hour by hour breakdown and the jumping back and forth from Sally to her rescuers, a technique that was very smooth and naturally done. Lamb does not waste a lot of time describing the kidnapper, but instead focuses on the kidnapped and the emotions of those trying to find her; it was a refreshing and different approach that worked very well. I highly recommend all mystery fans to read Fatal Forty-Eight - they will not be disappointed.
4-1/2 stars I really enjoyed the fast paced suspense. There were no dull moments, even during scenes that weren't "mystery-related" had your interest piqued. The characters are well written but it was the story that had me riveted from beginning to end. I've never read this author before but I most definitely will be checking out other offerings in the future.
Tick tock of the clock. 48 hours. Ticking away. This book has you hanging on the edge of your sit, the turn of every page from the very first words til the very last. The pace is very, very fast. The air fraught with tension - while the clock ticks away, and everyone is searching for answers. I loved this book!!! Another fantastic addition to the Kate series. I loved the way new characters necessary for the story were added seamlessly into the cast of our usual characters. The use of psychology was woven throughout, with great talent. Sally was just magnificent in this story. I loved how gutsy she was. I was talking out loud (in my mind) to the book as I was turning the pages. I cannot find adequate words to say just how much I loved this book. Keep these page turners coming, Kassandra Lamb. They are just fantastic. My only complaint? I have to wait for the next Kate book. Woe is me.