Title: The Heart of a Killer
Author: Jaci Burton
Series: The Killers, book 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-bookThe Heart of a Killer is book one in the new series The Killers by Jaci Burton.
“Before the Special Forces hero has even unpacked his bags from twelve years of active duty, he's embroiled in murder—corpses bearing the brutal trademark he's seen only once before—on the worst night of his life.
The last time Detective Anna Pallino saw Dante Renaldi, they were in love. Now, he's part of the connection to a string of fresh homicides and a horrible assault Anna only survived thanks to him.
More than anything, Anna wants to trust Dante. But as the bodies and the coincidences stack up, Anna will have to decide, and fast: Is the man she owes her life to the very same one who wants her dead?”
This book started really well with a nice story that pulled me in, but after some pages I started to lose interest. One of my main issues was Anna, she was not believable as a police officer. She has suffered from severe PTSD for the last twelve years and nobody knows it, I don’t know how many times she suffered panic attacks in the book but were many, so I can’t believe that before Dante comes back to her life nobody have noticed she needed help, not her partner, nor her father, nobody. Another problem I had with Anna was her anger with Dante for leaving her twelve years ago and her back and forth trusting Dante. She trusted him for thirty pages, she distrusted him for twenty and it was like that for a grand part of the book.
Another issue I had was the lack emotion after the deaths of love ones. Parents, brothers, friends died and I didn’t feel the pain and emotion in the characters. Anna was upset when somebody very close to her died but her grieving time was skipped over. The murder happened, later the funeral and the next scene is a week or so later with the only reference that she had been a (grieving) bitch with Dante during the last couple of days.
I really liked Dante, he put up with too much with Anna, but I understand he did it because he love her. I loved how caring and protective he was and how he didn’t let her manipulate him.
The attraction between this two was palpable since page one and after Anna left her doubts in the past and gave Dante a chance she became a bit less annoying.
From the secondary characters I loved Gabe, there is more to him than what Mrs. Burton gave us. He’s lying to his friends but I think he has good reasons for doing it.
My final thought: The Heart of a Killer was an entertaining read with some flaws. Even though I was suspecting who the killer was since the very beginning Mrs. Burton did something that threw me off course and had me doubting my guess, I really liked that. This book could have been great if I could have felt the emotional turmoil of the characters and if Anna would have been more credible as a police officer or at least if she would have looked for help with her PTSD.
The Heart of a Killer was my first book but Mrs. Burton but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m planning to read next book of this series that hopefully it’ll be Gabe’s story.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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