Sunday, August 14, 2016

Short Review: Love Me To Death

Love Me To Death

by Allison Brennan
Book 1 of Lucy Kincaid

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Rating:  3.0 Stars

Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was attacked and nearly killed by an online predator.  She survived.  Her attacker did not.  Now Lucy’s goal is to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she’s volunteering with a victim’s rights group, surfing the Web undercover to lure sex offenders into the hands of the law.  But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.

With her future and possibly even her freedom suddenly in jeopardy, Lucy discovers she’s a pawn in someone’s twisted plot to mete out vigilante justice.  She joins forces with security expert and daredevil Sean Rogan, and together they track their elusive quarry from anonymous online chat rooms onto the mean streets of Washington, D.C.  But someone else is shadowing them: A merciless stalker has his savage eye on Lucy.  The only way for her to escape his brutality may be another fight to the death.

Review Re-post Side Note on 8/14/2016:  When I first read this book in 2013, I didn't realize that Allison Brennan liked to interconnect all of her books and series.  Lucy Kincaid seems to follow right behind Brennan's FBI trilogy, which also includes characters you see in Love Me To Death.  This, I suppose, would explain the disconnect I felt with some of the characters in this book, as I had a distinct feeling I was missing something.

On the other hand, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but for someone like me, I kept wondering to myself if I was missing something.  If you are as anal as I am about reading books in certain orders so that you don't miss anything, no matter how trivial or small, I might suggest starting with Brennan's earlier work.

Love Me To Death was written well, but that latent disconnect I felt made it hard to really get into the book.

I didn't enjoy Love Me To Death as much as I had expected to, but then again, maybe I'd been expecting too much considering all the great reviews I'd seen about this book.  I'm going to chance that this isn't the type of book for me; nonetheless, it was well written with a great concept and story line.  The characters were great as well, but at the same time, they seemed really detached from the story itself up until the halfway point.  For me, it was like watching a bunch of actors trying to figure out how to settle into their characters naturally, and for the first half of the book, they just felt hollow and absent.  Because by the end of the book, I've grown an interest in some of the side characters presented and am considering reading some of the other Allison Brennan books featuring a Kincaid.

Anyway, the mystery wasn't as predictable as I thought it was, which was a pleasant surprise.  But the main culprit also didn't lend any shock value for my reading experience.  The romance was sweet, but it also bordered on being slightly dull as well since both Lucy and Sean are the typical main female and male coupling you would see in most stories.  Where I didn't really care for the characters at the beginning (their significance seemed narrated and told more than felt), by the end of the book, Lucy grew on me as did Kate and some of the side characters.  I still don't care too much about Sean Rogan, but that's okay.

This is a good book for a quick crime mystery with a little bit of romance.

This review was originally posted at Goodreads in May 2013.

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