Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron

Tess is starting her new job as detective in St. Augustine, Florida and is waiting to see who her new partner will be. She soon finds out he is Logan McMillan, a city boy from Chicago. They instantly hit it off as partners, and perhaps as something more.

One of Tess and Logan's first cases as detectives ends up being related to a homicide that occurred over 10 years ago. A homicide case that killed Tess's best friend in high school, Sam. The killer has struck yet again, and all of the memories from Sam's death come flooding back to Tess after all of these years. Along with the stress of the case, Tess's aunt Kathy finally confides a deep secret to Tess. A secret that will change everything. And it turns out that Kathy may know more about the serial killer than she ever thought. Will they find the killer before it's too late?

This is not the first book I have read by Barbara Cameron. If you are a frequent visitor on my blog, you probably saw my review of "A Road Unknown" just a few weeks ago, which I absolutely loved! She has such a way with Amish books and I am a big fan. From what I understand, Barbara Cameron is new to the mystery and suspense genre, so this was her first attempt at this type of book. I thought the story was very interesting, and I really enjoyed reading about Tess. I think the author did a fantastic job of developing Tess's character so the reader really gets a good idea of who she is. However, I wish she had dug a little deeper into Logan's background. I felt like I didn't know as much about him despite the fact that some of the chapters were from his point of view.

Also, I found the book to be extremely predictable. After the first couple chapters, I had already figured out who the serial killer was. I love a book that is full of suspense, and I felt that this book lacked a bit of that. I wish there had been more twists and turns to the story. In a really good book, I feel like I have it all figured out and then suddenly it all changes. That's what I feel makes an excellent suspense novel, and I just feel like this book fell a little short.

I rate this book as 3 stars. I received this book for free from Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion.

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