by Beverly Barton

September 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4201-0050-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Silent Killer by Beverly Barton is my first read of this author. I found her writing to have some darkness to the story but right about how well it was written for each character.

Eighteen months after Cathy Cantrell’s husband died at that hands of an unknown killer, she returns home to the Alabama community she has lived in all her life. Cathy is home to re-establish her life and rebuild her relationship with her son, Seth.

Jackson Perdue, former ranger, is the new town’s deputy sheriff - working on cold cases that include Cathy’s deceased husband, Mark Cantrell. Jackson and Cathy have a past. Will Jackson's work bring him and Cathy close again, and if so how will Seth feel about this? Why is someone burning their victims? Is each victim someone who is a man of the church? Will their past hurt the re-opened investigation? When there are recent deaths each victim dies the same way as Cathy's husband. Does Cathy have any idea who is the killer? How many will die until the killer is found?

This book is well written but with lots of different characters. I enjoyed Silent Killer but was sorry to read that a few of the characters' stories are not finished. I will have to wait until the next chapter in the small Alabama town to find out my answers to those questions. I also wonder how many others we will meet in the next book.

Reviewed in August 2009 by Theresa.

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