Mystery Thriller Published March 25, 2014
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
He Will Never Forget
The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning...
One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton's life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer's nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec's case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.
And Never Let Them Live. . .
Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started--and make Greer's dying wish come true. . .
I literally just finished this book minutes ago. I blew through this book in no time at all, once I started it I couldn't put it down. This is the 3rd of the Texas Rangers series that I have read and this was most definitely my favorite of the 3. The story is intense and fast paced and the characters are well written. This book would do just as well as a stand alone book, but Tec does work with Brody Winchester on this case.
This story opens with a murder staged to look like a suicide. Rory, the murdered man is someone that was connected to Greer Templeton back years ago when she was still a teenager. Before Ranger Tec Bragg even meets Greer she approaches his nephew Mitch and offers him a job working on her vineyard. Greer has has a troubles past and she still feels the weight of that every day, she is working off a debt to her aunt Lydia when she seeks Mitch out. Lydia helped her when she needed it most and she promised her that one day she would pay that forward and help out someone else. Mitch is that someone. He is going through much the same thing that she went through all those years ago.
Tec isn't so sure about Greer when he meets her initially, but he soon learns that there is a living, breathing woman under the tough exterior she projects. We don't know much about Tec, but he's a good Ranger there is no doubt about that. He did a lot of work on the Border and has the scars to prove it, but since his nephew Mitch returned from Iraq with physical and emotional problems he has started to put down roots in the Austin area. Mitch is the only family Tec has left and vice versa, but they aren't exactly close. Tec has tried to break through to Mitch with no luck until he starts working with Greer. There is something about her that speaks to Mitch and he starts to change slowly, but it's a start. Tec doesn't want to like Greer, but the change in Mitch is one more reason for him to get to know her better.
When more bodies start turning up, much the same as the first they all start to lead to Greer. It soon becomes clear that she is in danger and that riles Ranger Bragg up. He is tough as nails and will stop at nothing to solve this case and keep Greer safe.
This story unfolds just perfectly and I had no idea who the killer was until the moment they were revealed. if you like a good mystery / thriller, then I highly suggest this book. I was engrossed from the minute I started reading. This was a 5 star read for me, without a doubt. It's an adult read and it has some tastefully done love scenes, but not too much detail and very little, if any profanity.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*