Review: Ruthless (Faces of Evil #6) by Debra Webb
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Ruthless by Debra Webb
Published by: Forever Romance on August 27, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
Three photos of three unknown women. Sent to Deputy Chief Jess Harris by the Player, one of the world's most sadistic killers. The Player is taunting her, and Jess is more than ready to take on his challenge. Only one thing could distract her from the Player's deadly game: the appearance of a clue to long-unsolved cases. For years Birmingham's children were vanishing-one per year, always on a full moon-until the disappearances stopped and the Man in the Moon case went cold. No leads on the children were ever found-until now.
Jess has no choice but to pursue the case. Someone is reaching out to her, sending her mementos of the missing children, and the citizens of Birmingham deserve justice. But after years of silence, has the Man in the Moon really resurfaced? Or is he just another pawn in the Player's game?
The sixth book in the Faces of Evil series, Ruthless, was my first jump into the world of mystery and intrigue created by Debra Webb. The novel has a great plot, wonderful characters, and a mystery that dragged me in from the first page.
Deputy Chief Jess Harris has been sent photos of three women by The Player, a serial killer better known by the name of Eric Spears. Spears has been taunting Jess with text messages for some time now, and has even resorted to harming those closest to her in order to get her attention. While Spears remains a silent force throughout the novel, the main story surrounds another serial killer known as the Man in the Moon. The Man in the Moon took little twenty girls around the ages of 9 and 10. Every year on the harvest moon for twenty years he took a little girl, but he had remained silent for the past thirteen years. Now, Jess is being sent gifts from the Man in the Moon that suggest he has come out of retirement. It’s Jess’ job to make sure that the identity of the Man in the Moon is discovered and that he gets put away for good.
Jess Harris is a fantastic character. She’s strong, she is great at her job, and she does what she needs to do to get her case solved. However, she is also human. She makes mistakes, she misses clues, and she doesn’t always succeed in putting her own emotions on the backburner like she should. Knowing that The Player has already used her loved ones against her, she does her best to keep everyone she knows in the dark when it comes to The Player. She cares deeply for her sister and the rest of her staff, and she wants to protect them as much as she can. That being said, she hates the amount of protection that is placed on her by Dan Burnett, Jess’ boss and also her lover. Jess strives to be able to do her job in her own way without the protection of others.
The relationship between Jess and Dan was something else that I enjoyed about the novel. They do their best to keep their relationship strictly behind doors, not wanting people to think that Jess got her promotion by sleeping with the Chief of Police. Jess tries distancing herself from Dan for other reasons. The Player has used Dan to get to Jess once, and she does not wish to repeat the experience. Dan’s protectiveness is also interesting. It is endearing to some extent, yes, he wants to keep her safe, but as the reader I also felt myself sharing in Jess’ frustration at having to be babysat as she does her job.
The mystery itself was done extremely well. Some mystery novels tend to speed forward and leave the reader in the dust wondering how the characters figured things out the way they did. Ruthless had a great amount of pacing and I never felt as though Jess was rushing ahead without me. I figured out things at the same time she did, put things together the same time she did, and it didn’t go too slowly either.
The novel wasn’t all mystery, either. There were chapters that dealt mostly with personal relationships, whether it was Jess and Dan, Jess and her co-workers, or Chet and Lori, and it was a nice break from the stress of the case, as much as I was itching to get back to finding the killer. The personal chapters were enough to get to know the characters outside of their jobs, but few enough that they didn’t detract from the actual mystery.
I’m giving Ruthless 5 out of 5 controllers. Great characters, and a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing throughout the entire novel.
5 Out Of 5 Controllers