Torn by Cynthia Eden

Torn by Cynthia EdenTorn by Cynthia Eden
Series: LOST #4
Published by Avon on May 31st 2016
Pages: 384
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Forensic anthropologist Victoria Palmer has always been better with the dead than the living. Shutting down her emotions, she lets few people in. But then Victoria’s latest investigation takes her and agent Wade Monroe to Savannah, Georgia. Handsome, dangerous, and more than ready to play dirty on any case, Wade weakens Victoria’s aloofness with just one glance.

Wade knows their recent cases have pushed Victoria beyond her limits. But her skills are crucial to finding a college student who went missing five years ago. Victoria is able to determine she was murdered, and that the killer is still on the loose.

And when the vicious murderer targets Victoria, Wade must do everything in his power to protect her . . . because he refuses to let a woman he loves be torn from him . . . again.

Wade Monroe and Victoria Palmer are put on a 5-year-old case of a missing woman in Savannah but for either of them, it’s a case that breaks open their pasts and finally, their attraction to each other. Already withdrawn and distant after a recent abduction, Victoria’s steely will to keep anyone out her personal affairs is challenged when Wade intrudes immediately after they are assigned to the case. The investigation that ensues however, is a twisty road of lies, bureaucratic manoeuvrings and false turns. Wade and Victoria rush – and fail – to save two women, then find themselves the target of the killer, whose reach seems to transcend time and even space.

The crime is extraordinary and its perpetrators beyond twisted. But I felt there were several facets of the case that hadn’t been addressed more thoroughly and Cynthia Eden could have presented a more watertight – and ultimately more believable – case had these questions been answered: why for instance, was there a huge five-year gap between the abduction of women, given the monstrous-nature of the perpetrator we’re led to believe? What would drive two killers to work hand-in-hand when neither had seemed to anything alone before? Why only the sudden fixation on Victoria now, when they’d uncovered her secrets years ago?

Nevertheless, I particularly enjoyed being led down the same investigative journey Wade/Victoria took and the breathless, claustrophobic atmosphere of this story. Like them, I clamoured in the dark, wondered about motivations but was surprised at the quick resolution of the sexual tension between them because I hadn’t expected an Alpha-cop with simmering temper issues growling after his own emotionally-skittish prey. Yet because Ms. Eden never gives up on her pairings, their relationship is as always, minted through fire and all the more convincing after that.