We should’ve stayed in Vietnam.
Five men have vanished from their homes, and not a single piece of evidence has been left behind. The police are stumped – until the most recent victim is found, alive, and he asks to speak to me…
Ari is back.
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At Captain Taylor’s request, I join the investigation but this time I need to stay within the boring restraints of the law. Finley Williams, former vigilante turned consultant criminal profiler. How times have changed. How I have changed.
As the case unfolds, and the victims’ bodies are discovered, it becomes clear that this serial killer is unlike any I’ve ever encountered before. The murders will continue until I put a stop to them.
Tom remains relentless in his pursuit to prove that Aidan is the Marcel Sniper, even going so far as to have him dragged to the police station when somebody takes a shot at Ari. As the months go by and two men are killed by a sniper, I realise the people closest to me are out to destroy the life Aidan and I have created. Either that or Aidan is breaking his promise to never kill again.
If only victim number five hadn’t survived…
In my review of Orca I said: “Along the way, Finley meets two men, both of whom she has a relationship with (I know who I prefer)…”
I’m afraid I have a confession to make. The one I preferred was Ari. When I started reading Deception, I secretly hoped that Aidan was a) the Marcel Sniper and b) that he would get his comeuppance and Finley would be reunited with Ari. I can’t warm to Aidan – any man who called me ‘woman’ or ‘wife’ would get a smack in the chops. Or a man who booked a holiday without my input, chose my dress for me and finally bought OUR house without consulting me would get short shrift (just ask my husband).
However, now I have got that off my chest, I loved Deception. I read it in two sittings. The pace is relentless. Firstly we have a serial killer who chose Ari as their fifth victim and he is the only one to survive. In her new career as a profiler, Finley must try and decipher who the killer is and what is their motive. Why keep the victims for months and then dispatch them brutally and without giving it a second thought? Why were three kept for six months and the other two for three months? Finley is baffled – initially – but we know she’ll work it out.
In the meantime, sister Lizzie is still with Eli (who we met in Orca). And Finley has fallen out big time with godfather Tom who believes Aidan is the Marcel Sniper and intends to prove it (so do I but that’s another story).
So here we have mystery upon mystery all revolving around the baddest badass in female crime novels. I can’t wait to get stuck into Binding Lies, especially as apparently there is a cult involved and I love nothing more than a crime novel that involves a cult. Go Finley!
Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours
About the Author
Mariëtte Whitcomb studied Criminology and Psychology at the University of Pretoria. An avid reader of psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels, writing allows her to pursue her childhood dream to hunt criminals, albeit fictional and born in the darkest corners of her imagination. When Mariëtte isn’t writing, she reads or spends time with her family and friends.
Website – https://mariettewhitcomb.com/
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