The first Ellie Hatcher novel from the bestselling author of The Ex and The Wife
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'Highly addictive' KARIN SLAUGHTER 'A major talent' HARLAN COBEN
Dating can be murder...
Ellie Hatcher's father spent much of his life pursuing a notorious serial killer. So when, years later, a new killer emerges targeting single women online, Ellie willingly agrees to play victim in an attempt to trap him...
In her first Ellie Hatcher series novel, Alafair Burke (author of All Day and A Night and City of Fear) unnervingly explores a world of stolen identities in which no-one is who they appear to be.
Putting feisty DA Samantha Kincaid on hold after three novels (Close Case, etc.), Burke introduces a disappointingly dull heroine in 30-year-old NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher. Flamboyant homicide detective Flann McIlroy asks outspoken Ellie to assist in looking into the First Date case, a series of murders seemingly connected by the female victims' subscription to an online-dating site. Flann is relying on "curvy" Ellie as "date bait," but also hopes that Ellie's past might help with the case: Ellie's father, a Wichita, Kans., cop, died under mysterious circumstances soon after bringing an infamous local serial killer, the College Hill Strangler, to justice. As Ellie and Flann dig deeper into the shady history of the dating site and its potential link to the Russian mafia Ellie realizes that the killer is taunting her just as the College Hill Strangler taunted her father. Ellie's character never quite gels, however, and her interactions with the suspects don't provide enough tension or heat to keep pages turning all the way through.