THE VENUS FIX
by M. J. Rose

July 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2317-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Dr. Morgan Snow is counseling a patient whose identity he keeps hidden. He has an obsession with online pornography, an obsession that is ruining his marriage. She is also working with several teenagers who are dealing with the same addiction. At the same time, the women performing online for their pleasure begin dying right in front of their eyes.


Detective Noah Jordain and his partner Mark Perez are called in to work the case after the first woman dies. After several phones calls from all over the country pour in, relating what they’d seen, the cops waste critical hours trying to discover her location. It’s soon revealed that a lubricant she’d used had been tainted and had poisoned her.


While both Morgan and Noah remain caught up with their busy lives, they try to find the time to get together whenever possible. Morgan is also still dealing with her teenage daughter’s determination to be an actress and to move from stage to screen. Things are very tense between them, and her ex-husband even begins to put pressure on her.


When it becomes apparent that Morgan is once again dealing with a potential murderer, Noah knows better than to expect her cooperation. He longs to get inside her head and understand her better, but often wonders if it’s worth the trouble.


This series just keeps getting better. I personally didn’t find it as graphic as the previous two, but it was no less suspenseful. Told from several different perspectives, it gives us a glimpse into the killer as well as the patient’s she’s counseling. The combination of Dr. Snows work and personal life keeps the book fresh and realistic. Anyone who is or has raised a teenager will certainly be able to sympathize with Morgan. I also found the doctor’s thoughts and opinions on teenagers and online pornography rather revealing and informative.


Reviewed in June 2006 by Jackie.

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