Call Me Princess, a review by Sara

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Call Me Princess
Sara Blaedel

303 Pages
Published on August 15th 2011 by Pegasus Crime

This is apparently book #2 in a series dedicated to Detective Louise Rick, however, it was the first to be translated and published in the USA. Sara Blaedel is not just another author, she has my name as well as my love for “Who Done It” mysteries. I have read a couple of her books and I can say that this is one that I have enjoyed most. I feel it was written a bit before its time as, back in 2011, there was not as much of a cult following for true crime as there is today (shout out to Ash and Brit and all my other Crime Junkies).

So as not to give away too many details, this will be a short review.

Basic Summary: Homicide detective Louise Rick chases a disturbing serial rapist in this in-your-face thriller, showing the reader that an online flirtation can have horrific consequences. A suburban woman, bound and gagged after a gruesome assault, has Detective Rick chasing a faceless perpetrator. Hiding behind many masks and smoke screens, the assailant has otherwise been able to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. The internet is his playground, and he will certainly strike again if Louise can not find his true identity before it’s too late.

While the story itself is a little slow-moving to begin with, it wasn’t too long before it was difficult to put down. I found it a bit hard to connect with the character of Louise Rick, however the author does a great job portraying her as the no nonsense, by the book detective, that the story needs. A true workaholic battling the pressures of the job and struggling to maintain work/life balance  The shining star for me was the attention to detail and the overall description of police procedure and protocols. As a bit of a cautionary tale for online dating, I believe this sort of thing rarely happens. But that’s the thing, isn’t it?Rarely isn’t never… And one in a million, means there is still a chance.




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