Midnight Fear by Leslie Tentler

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Mystery/Crime/ Reviews/ Romantic Suspense 7th January 2015
Midnight Fear by Leslie TentlerMidnight Fear by Leslie Tentler
Series: Chasing Evil Trilogy, #2
Published by Mira on July 19th 2011
Pages: 432
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"I trusted you, Caity"
The still of the night is once again shattered by Caitlyn Cahill's recurring nightmare—her brother standing before her, gripping a butcher knife, his eyes black with hatred. Two years ago, the former Washington, D.C., socialite defied her powerful senator father and risked the ruin of her family by helping the FBI link her troubled brother to a string of horrific murders. "The Capital Killer" was sent to prison for life…and Caitlyn's entire world fell apart.
Now, FBI agent Reid Novak is forced to rend the peace Caitlyn has found on a rural Virginia horse farm. A copycat killer is on the loose and slowly toying with Caitlyn—his ultimate target—in a terrorizing cat–and–mouse game. Almost destroyed two years ago by Caitlyn's family, not to mention the Capital Killer's haunting final murder, Reid vows to save the woman he's never forgotten or die trying.

I’m once again amazed by what Leslie Tentler can achieve. Midnight Fear is a thrilling, suspenseful story of a copycat killer – the stunning revelation of whom at the end really left me shocked – and how 2 people, brought together by extenuating circumstances, find each other again.

Reid Novak first met Caitlyn Cahill under less than ideal circumstances but dropped out of her life soon after the case against her brother closed. Just as he is about to return to active duty following a long convalescence, the copycat strikes, with the intention of getting to Caitlyn.

I’ve always loved Ms Tentler’s sophisticated storytelling and maturity of characterisation – so exquisitely written given the required gravitas of this genre as well as how adults should be behaving in fiction without TSTL moments – and Reid and Caitlyn are no different. It’s beyond refreshing to read about characters who recognise the difficulty in maintaining a relationship forged out of the darkest moments of a murder yet struggle with their intense attraction to each other without the usual dramatics that I tend to see in many other books. Reid is as atypical a hero as one can get and Caitlyn isn’t the usual spoiled socialite who magically evolves into a caring person by the end of the book; instead, I’ve only gotten to see more and more, how well-matched they are for each other by the time the last page came around.

Like always, Ms Tentler’s bittersweet but hopeful (and not quite resolved) endings have me long wondering into the night if they truly get their HEA.

five-stars

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