Series: Circle of Evil

Facing Evil by Kylie Brant

Facing Evil by Kylie BrantFacing Evil by Kylie Brant
Series: Circle of Evil #3
Published by Thomas & Mercer on October 20th 2015
Pages: 302
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four-stars

A serial attacker is locked up, and his murderous accomplice has been gunned down. But the true mastermind behind their lethal reign of terror still hasn’t been taken in or taken down, so the harrowing case of the Cornbelt Killers isn’t closed—and one murderous woman is determined to keep it that way. The only thing more important to her than evading capture is hunting down her hit list of enemies, topped by Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott and forensic psychologist Sophia Channing.
Faced with an opponent both quick-witted and cold-blooded, Cam and Sophia must scramble to keep up with this horrifying new threat. Little do they realize that in this game of cat and mouse, they’re lambs being led to the slaughter.

Shocking, dramatic end to the series, even if it read a little like Jaws: The Revenge at some parts. Kylie Brant makes a convincing case of the mother as mastermind and serial killer, and once more, draws Cam and Sophia deep into her web of intrigue, lies and death. There’s no point in which a plot twist didn’t surprise me and I was always kept a step behind in the cat-and-mouse game Vickie Baxter played with the cops, which made for a very entertaining, stomach-dropping read. The secondary characters were as always interesting too and I only wished Ms. Brant had spent more time developing those loose threads.

four-stars

Chasing Evil by Kylie Brant

Chasing Evil by Kylie BrantChasing Evil by Kylie Brant
Series: Circle of Evil #1
Published by Thomas & Mercer on October 20th 2015
Pages: 314
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two-stars

There’s nothing strange about bodies buried in cemeteries—unless they don’t belong there. And when six murdered women are discovered in other people’s graves, the hunt for a sadistic serial killer begins before he can claim a seventh victim.
Agent Cam Prescott of Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation is leading the search alongside forensic psychologist Sophia Channing, who knows the minds of psychopaths inside and out. And after a brief but passionate affair, she knows Cam almost as well. What she doesn’t know is that her high-profile involvement in the case has caught the twisted predator’s eye—and sparked his fury.
When Sophia suddenly vanishes, Cam and his team shift into overdrive to keep horrific history from repeating itself. But for Sophia, being trapped in the same isolated lair where so much innocent blood has been spilled may get her inside her vicious captor’s head—and may offer her the only chance she has to escape an agonizing and lethal fate.

When profiler Sophia Channing and DCI agent Cam Prescott meet again for a case that involves freshly buried bodies in old graves, it isn’t like any other time in the past where they’d peripherally worked together – especially after Sophia kicked off their fledgling relationship with little explanation.

But Chasing Evil isn’t really about them at all but more about the case that brought them back together: we’re given snippets of what happened between Sophia and Cam in the past few months with little development in the present, as the case is prioritised with hard (and sometimes dry) narrative as we’re given the merry go-arounds in search for the perp’s identity. Kylie Brant doesn’t shy away from the difficult parts that must be surely as revolting to write as much as it is nasty to read and it is her hard-hitting, incisive narrative that propels the story forward, this book being wholly unsatisfactory only because it was an ambitious and dangling start to a trilogy.

two-stars

Touching Evil by Kylie Brant

Touching Evil by Kylie BrantTouching Evil by Kylie Brant
Series: Circle of Evil #2
Published by Thomas & Mercer on October 20th 2015
Pages: 276
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five-stars

Forensic psychologist Sophia Channing nearly lost her life to a serial killer. Fortunately, her own quick thinking—and Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott’s efforts—rescued her from a horrifying fate. Together, Sophia and Cam jailed the sadistic predator and closed the case on his reign of terror.
But when teenagers make a gruesome discovery in the Iowa woods, Sophia and Cam realize they’ve only scratched the surface of an evil that runs even deeper and deadlier than one madman’s twisted desires. And they don’t come more twisted than the killer known as the Zombie Lover: Vance’s mystery accomplice, who’s still at large and stacking up bodies. With the law snapping at his heels and private demons screaming in his head, the Zombie Lover is hell-bent on carrying out a desperate, double-edged mission. He’s determined to terminate Sophia, then target medical examiner Lucy Benally, who he’s vowed to make his own…dead or alive.

Despite the arrest of the killer responsible for the women’s murders, Cam Prescott and Sophia Channing discover that they’ve only scratched the surface of the case, when it slowly becomes clear that a team of sadistic murders has been on the prowl. And the other one is still at large and more horrifyingly, involved in necrophilia. Touching Evil picks up where the first book leaves off and as sceptical as I was of the first, I was creepily enthralled by the second. Kylie Brant deftly juggles police procedural with the romantic suspense – there’s even a secondary romance involving a second couple – and with a couple of unexpected twists and turns, expertly sets up the plot for the third book.

five-stars