Imagine living in fear everyday with someone watching your every move hoping to catch you off guard and make you his unwilling prey. A man who followed her even when she married stalked author Sarah Vail. Finding her when moving to a new location and smart enough to protect her safety, not until he died in a mental institution did she feel safe.
Within this bone-chilling novel you will meet a serial killer so elusive so deranged and yet so brilliant you won’t realize he’s hiding in plain sight. A killer whose voice you will hear, image that will haunt you as he takes each victim who falls for his lines looks and moves into his own private lair and asks: would you like some wine? It would be the last taste or drop of anything they would remember, as their works would grow dark and then silenced forever.
Blindsided by this man his real prey is Daniela St. Clair a stunning philanthropist and wealthy woman whose peaked his interest and who he has managed without her knowledge infiltrated her private domain: James street.
Tim McAndrews is the deputy district attorney whose mind can’t seem to stop fixating on Dani. Making sure to meet her and not taking no for an answer he lets his intentions be known and you wonder why she is not a little leery. He’s overpowering at times too.
Two young women have died in the same way. Tim is now the lead as Kathy who is with the Medical examiners office and Scott a Seattle detective come to Tim front and center demanding he take the case before more bodies are in the morgue. Who placed the toxic mix or potion in the wine? Antidepressants and alcohol don’t mix but these young and susceptible young women never had a chance. Lessons should be evident, as young people need to be careful when accepting a drink at a bar or at an unknown man’s home that you just met.
Tim seems so taken with Dani at times he loses track of his time in finding the poison killer as he introduces her to Scott and Kathy whose reaction to her is startling. She fits the profile of the victims. Could Tim be the killer?
Things spiral out of control with another body but the physical abuse is new but the tox report is the same.
A profiler arrives and his assessment is that the killer thinks he’s above the law and hates women. He loves killing and Amber Brown, Jillian Garner and Christine
Murdock had good jobs well off and beautiful. He’s good looking and sociable and might be someone they know works at the hospital and wants the victims money. Feels he’s entitled to it. Insane deranged organized. Jealous of Tim and focused on Dani but will they realize it?
Katrina Collins is Dani’s friend and introduced her to bill Fraser and she seems desperate to get married. Bill seems too interested in Dani who informs Tim of just who Dani really is and where her influence lies. But Jenny’s father had plans for her and insists Tim attends a political fundraiser but not with anyone but Dani.
Jealousy rages in Jenny and threats are made against Dani daring her to try and keep Tim. Jenny is dangerous and belittling is her mantra. While the killer takes his anger out on a young man thinking about Tim daring to covet his Dani. Both Jenny and Kathy tell Dani about Ellen Mason Tim’s ex girlfriend as the author shares their history and more pieces of an elaborate puzzle might come apart.
A killer is loose and author Sarah Vail instills fear jealousy and uncertainty in not only Dani and Tim but Katrina too as her accusations come front and center a deep dark lies permeate the air. Jenny is vicious and the killer is in plain sight but who will be the next victim?
The drug is desipramine and an overdose can kill and there’s a rebound effect. A suspect might be in sight but will Scott and his team plus Tim figure it out before another body falls?
Evidence from murders and Tim and Dani witness the death of another woman right in front of their eyes as the killer is taunting them. Author Sarah Vail sets up the perfect recipe for murder as the killer’s past us revealed and now can they prove it to arrest the person? Setting up the killer and using Dani as bait brings unexpected results as the District Attorney, Goddard, backs him up moves him major crimes and Dani learns the true meaning of a friends betrayal as Katrina is questioned you wonder why she is oblivious to the truth and yet lying about a key piece if evidence.
When Scott makes the connection to three people that might be involved in the murders you won’t believe what he learns about someone close to Dani. Money greed power just desserts wants and entitlement are some of what this killer or killers feel they deserve. Even one of Tim’s ex-girlfriends falls prey to this killer who is now killing for sport.
The killers voice is so confident and thinking deals are going to be made as someone else learns a hidden truth and not everyone is who they seem. Sleuth by night and day and unseen as he stalks Dani and so many others hiding in plain sight and so hungry for the kill and thinking he will win his prey. Will Tim, Scott and Kathy take this killer down or will he remain on the loose?
Added in a nosy reporter who wants to out Tim about his relationship with Dani and his angry family why?
Leading the investigation he thinks in his favor a sick killer knows no bounds and several fall prey to his greed and wiles. Just who was involved in trying to kill Dani and why? How many others wanted to take her down, her money and who was involved in killing the others you just won’t believe the web of deceit and how large it was. Sometimes the fear of losing is not what someone can deal with but when the fear of loss is in a person’s own mind but lacks reality the end result is what you will hear when a confession is made to Tim and an unholy truth is learned. Friendships are shattered, confidences are lost and a sadness overtakes some many as the truth behind why so many were killed amounts to one simple word: MONEY!
An ending so unexpected and a surprise twist that is heart stopping and a killer so delusional and another psychopath justifying actions that are unthinkable, Tim McAndrews faces down with a killer but which one will be standing and whose life will continue on James street?
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