#Review: Ultimate Fear by Kristine Mason @KristineMason7
Starting out I knew this book was the second in a series but reading the first was not required. What I did not know was how much this book would touch my heart. A story and plot that is a parent’s nightmare while learning how to go one is something so unique that makes this whole series a must read.
The story starts out very strong with a murder / suicide. Here I wish the author took the story with the detective’s going to the families. This was a little teaser provided by the author for everything to come. When I got deeper into the book I realized it was a teaser, the author was just wetting readers brains for the full story. A story that I loved on one hand and hated on the other I hope down the road the author would provide even a short novella with part of this story being solved. Thankfully there is hope at the end of the book, hope for a future, for more than just a life looking at what might have been even with everything that was lost.
The relationship between Dante and Jessica needs help. I wonder why neither thought to look into counseling after losing a child. Losing a child naturally or in an accident would be hard but to have a child kidnapped would be something beyond understanding. Not knowing what happened, is the child dead, alive, is the child safe, being abused, the questions are endless with no answers. Knowing that even though I was a detective and not able to find my missing child I wonder if I could still go on. How to cope is not something a friend or loved one would be able to provide. Trying to have hope that the child is still alive but not knowing. That would be the hardest part, not knowing.
There were several areas in the book where the author repeats information already given. An example is when ‘Dimples’ repeats that she told Wayne that she was working a second shift and on weekends. This was repeated within a page of each other. I do not know if the author or editor missed this but felt it did not need repeating so close or thought, by the character, in the same way. If the author wanted this repeated then I feel a different thought should be used.
Okay really the above about repeat information was my only problem with the book. I admit I was really wondering about Wayne at the beginning. He may be a villain in the story but half-way redeemed himself by some of his actions. As for Dimple, aka Heather, that is just beyond sick. I honestly wonder how many people actually feel like her after losing a child. A sad emotional part of being pregnant but to think she actually believes she is normal. Being locked up in prison or a mental hospital for anyone like this was be too nice of a sentence.
Thanks for a great read Kristine. The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
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by Kristine Mason
When a deranged mother’s grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder…
Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch.
Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He’s hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim.
As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman’s unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb.
And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother’s obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death?
“Here,” Jessica said, entering the dining room and shoving a stack of papers at him. “I signed the divorce papers. Now that you have what you wanted, you can leave.”
Dante glanced at the papers, his skin crawling at the sight of them. “Throw them away. They’re worthless.”
“After you left, I did some research. Illinois is a no-fault state.”
She tossed the papers on the card table and folded her arms across her chest. “Meaning?”
“Meaning, after the first two years since you started this, all I needed to do was submit a document to the Court and request a Final Decree on the divorce. Since I didn’t know I could do that, and since it’s been over three years, the Court will dismiss our case as inactive. Now one of us has to re-file.”
He’d expected anger, but swore she looked relieved. His chest filled with hope. For years she’d dragged her feet and had avoided finalizing their divorce. Last night, when he’d crowded her against the kitchen counter and brought up whether or not she still loved him, her eyes had filled with tears and her face had crumpled in agony. Yet she’d said nothing. She hadn’t told him she loved him, but she also hadn’t said she wanted the divorce finalized. Instead, she’d tried to turn his words against him, to the point where he had been the one demanding a divorce he hadn’t wanted. Now they were still legally stuck together unless one of them made the move to re-file. And it sure as hell wouldn’t be him. Call him a fool or a glutton for punishment, he no longer cared. He was still in love with his wife.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. I realized my passion and found a career I love.
When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.
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