by Beverly Barton

April 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7215-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Cheroke Pointe, Tennessee

Genevieve Madoc (Genny) awoke with a start one night and knew that a woman was being killed and sacrificed on a makeshift altar. With her "sixth sense" and ability to witness the kill via the eyes of the killer, she soon helps her cousin, Sheriff Jacob Butler to find the body.

FBI Agent, Dallas Sloan has been personally tracking down this particular killer since his niece was killed, in the same way, eight months ago. There have been other similar victims in other states over the years. He knows the scene too well and knows the killer won't stop until this round of four more women is sacrificed.

Before Dallas reaches Cheroke Pointe, Genny has a vision of him coming to her and she knows that he is the man she has been waiting all her life.

The Fifth Victim is a nerve-shaking tale that is both captivating and intriguing. The serial killer is clever and his method of killing is scary. Ms Barton has created an atmosphere that captures the attention of readers via Genny, Dallas and the killer.

Moreover, the most interesting part in reading romantic suspense is to find the killer along with the characters of the story. Ms Barton has given out enough hints and evidence to help readers to look for the right killer. Although I thought I had pinpointed the right suspect in the middle of the book I wasn't sure until I finished the rest of tale. The Fifth Victim is a wonderful read and I can't wait to read the next two books of the Cheroke Pointe trilogy that feature Genny's best friend and her cousin respectively.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Rose.

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