Makedde Vanderwall is a woman with a past. She is beautiful, street-smart and single, a model paying her way through a degree in forensic psychology. But behind the wit and winning smile is a woman haunted by violent nightmares and plagued by thoughts of Detective Andy Flynn, the ex-lover who saved her from a serial killer in Sydney. Mak has returned to Vancouver, her hometown in Canada, eager to finish her studies, move on from the ordeal, and find some peace of mind. But instead she walks straight into a city gripped by fear, and a campus where the students are fair game. As winter closes in and the days grow shorter, Mak is drawn into a shifting world of unstable minds and untrustworthy men, where motives are unclear and desires are unchecked. Her past cannot be so easily forgotten, and she must face her greatest challenge yet.
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**** 4 Star Review ****
I am slowly making my way through this series. It's a long (and expensive) one. I am trying to read one a month. Hopefully, I will have the entire series read by the end of 2019.
Picking up book two, I wasn't sure what to expect. In the first book, we got to know Makedde, the model. In this one, we get to know Mekedde, the forensic psychology student. They definitely are one person with two very different sides to them. I think I enjoyed the student side much more as far as the character goes.
After reading this suspenseful mystery, I went and read some of the past reviews. Can I just say that I don't understand people. This book was criticized for character development, basically. To all those naysayers that didn't want to know this side of Mekedde, here is a big eyeroll aimed at you. Was some of the technical stuff a little boring? Probably if you aren't into the subject, but it still shows a side of the main character we haven't seen. It shows her smart side, and I really like this side.
I will say, the crime part of this book was more lacking. This book was more of a get to know the main character a little better and how she fit into another psychopath's path, but yet not really. I would have loved to see more of the crime side in this story. I think I would have enjoyed it more.
We get some more angst with Andy in the picture in this book. I liked the push and pull and the definite side possible love story slowly (painstakingly slow) building. I am hoping in one of the future books these two can finally get it together correctly.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. I am looking forward to reading the next book sometime soon. I will admit, the ending didn't exactly shock me. I picked up on some clues that told me how it would more than likely end. But that was okay. I still enjoyed getting to that point in the book.