The First Victim by J.B. Lynn
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Heat Level sensual
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Sage
She was like all the other victims. Naked, flawed, helpless...
Fifteen years ago, Emily Wright barely escaped from a serial killer dubbed the Baby Doll Strangler. She wants nothing to do with the small town where she was abducted, but when her father is hospitalized she reluctantly returns home to care for her teenage sister.
When her sister's friend is killed and left in front of Emily's house, Emily begins to relive the nightmare she endured long ago. Soon she realizes that her sister, too, is in danger from the killer—and the only person who can help is the man Emily left behind: Deputy Bailey O'Neil. Together, Emily and Bailey must discover the killer's identity before he claims his next victim...
Romantic suspense has many great authors like Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, and now I must add JB Lynn to the list. This was by far the best book I’ve read this year.
The First Victim started out with Emily Wright returning back home to the place she left behind. Many years ago, she had been kidnapped and abused. Although Emily vowed to never be a victim again, she has been resistant about returning to the place where tragedy had struck. In the initial chapters of the book, we are pulled into Emily’s head which gives us an understanding of her personality. She feels guilt and always expects the worst. She expects to be welcomed back home with hatred because she ran away and is shocked when she receives a warm welcome, especially from her little sister, a person she feels like she abandoned.
Emily is not the only one returning back home, however. The Baby Doll Strangler, the same killer whom Emily escaped from is back as well, and his goal is to finish what he began fifteen years ago. JB Lynn lets the reader have a glimpse into the killer's mind, something that is both creepy and shocking. I enjoyed those scenes and with each one despised the killer more and more.
The suspense had me on the edge of my seat as I kept turning those pages to find out the identity of The Baby Doll Strangler. The suspicion fell on a few characters and the thrill of who could it be had me reading the book at every chance I got. If only real life could have taken a break so that I could have read it in one shot. When I did learn who the killer was, I was honestly shocked and surprised. It was very well written and I didn't see it coming.
The romance factor was just as thrilling. It was a slow buildup with both Bailey and Emily dancing around their feelings rather than acting on them. I love second chance at love stories and this one was full of past problems for our lovely characters to face. They did share a few desperate kisses that they later claimed were a “mistake” so when the real kiss happened it was explosive. I was rooting for these characters all the way.
As new authors go, JB Lynn is one to watch for. She’s definitely going places and I personally can't wait for her next book. And if she would write a sequel for The First Victim then I would be indebted to her forever.