Monday, June 24, 2013

Review: Obsession by Debra Webb

Title: Obsession (Faces of Evil #1)
Author: Debra Webb
Genre: Romance - Thriller
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

She thought she'd left the murders-and his obsession-behind . . .

Special Agent Jess Harris has spent more than a decade studying the many faces of evil. In her determination to stop a serial killer, she broke the rules, and it cost her everything. With her career in need of resuscitation and her love life dead and buried, Jess jumps at a chance to advise on a case that has the top detectives of Birmingham, Alabama, stumped. But the case forces her to confront all the reasons she put her hometown-and her first love-in her rearview mirror. 

Four young women have gone missing, and Police Chief Dan Burnett will do anything to find them before it's too late-even if it means asking for help from the woman who has spent a decade avoiding him. Jess agrees to lend a hand and welcomes the diversion of a new case, a new life to save to make up for the victims she's lost. But then the unthinkable happens: the crazed serial killer from her past follows Jess to Birmingham. The situation is becoming increasingly desperate-and time is swiftly running out...

Obsession has several layers to it (much like an onion as Shrek would say).  On the top we have the story of a series of kidnappings of young women that are unrelated on the surface.  Thankfully some characters follow their guy and keep looking - the kidnappings are very related in a very twisted way.  The police need Special Agent Jess Harris to put the pieces together - and it's a very interesting and disturbed ride that she has to take to get there.

The next layer we have is Jess, herself.  She is running away in a sense.  Running away from a career quickly going under, and from the serial killer that helped put it there.  This theme hovers in the background, occasionally making itself known so you don't forget it about it (it's important later).

We also have the layer that is Jess and Dan, the police chief.  With quite the history between them they struggle with their feelings for each other and how to act together so many years later.  Theirs is a turbulent relationship throughout the book, never quite sure what they are to each other.

A very exciting read, with a very HUGE cliffhanger - please  have book two ready to go or you will be up all night waiting to go get it and wondering what happens next.

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