Blog Tour Review, Her Dying Kiss

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Her Dying Kiss
Jennifer Chase

370 pages
published July 17, 2023

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About the book

She wakes to the dawn light streaming through the window and rolls over to whisper good morning to her fiancé. But panic floods her veins. His side of the bed is empty and cold. Blood trails towards the open door. All trace of him is gone…

It’s been one month since Detective Katie Scott’s fiancé, Chad, went missing without a trace. Devastated Katie is still working tirelessly day and night to track down the love of her life, barely sleeping and chasing every new lead. But now the case has gone cold.

When the body of beautiful Gina Hartfield is discovered among the pine needles in a clearing on Lookout Ridge, Katie swallows her own pain and knows she must focus on finding Gina’s killer. The young woman was found with a pink velvet blindfold shading the hollows where her eyes had been removed. Katie is certain she is chasing a sadistic individual who will soon take another life…

But the autopsy reveals Gina’s body was washed before being abandoned, leaving no trace of evidence behind. And with no witnesses to Gina’s disappearance, the women of Pine Valley are terrified to go out alone.

Desperately combing the crime scene, when Katie sees a newspaper article about her previous cases pinned to a nearby tree, she is certain Gina’s murder is personal. Then tire tracks found in the forest are matched to a truck seen following Chad in the days leading up to his disappearance. Katie’s blood runs cold.

Is there a link between Chad’s disappearance and Gina’s brutal murder, or is the killer playing a twisted game with Katie? Can she find out the truth before they take another life?

A totally gripping serial killer thriller for fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh. Prepare to stay up all night with this nail-biting rollercoaster ride from USA Today and Amazon bestseller Jennifer Chase!

My Review

I am always such a fan of a case being personal for a detective and it seems in this one, the case ends up linked to something very personal, the disappearance of the detective’s fiancé.  Or so Katie’s new case appears to indicate.  How have I not read this series before now?  I was drawn into this one before the book even begins and it wasn’t the cover, but a foreword or acknowledgement by a specialist in training dogs for the military that helped the author with her facts.  I always seem to forget how much research an author does when they use that research seamlessly in the plot.

This is a fast paced story, that upped the stakes in the prologue if that is possible.  How does someone disappear into thin air leaving just a trail of blood, but no footprints?  I was left to ponder that as the story jumped forward into the Katie’s life after her fiancé’s disappearance.  This easily reads as a standalone unless you count that cliffhanger at the end.  What is it with series doing this?  And then making us wait for what seems like forever to see what happens next?

Katie is highly observant and that increases when she is paired with Cisco, her K9 dog.  Shes an army veteran and very relatable in this story since I felt for her circumstances.  The story is complicated and unravels at a quick pace.  Seems I am a fan of this series and will have to look up the past cases while I wait to see what happens next.

About the author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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