As Good as Dead
A serial killer survivor is about to confront her attacker once again in this thriller by the New York Times bestselling author.
The victims are all found face-down in the creek that runs through Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee. Each one is naked, except for the black satin ribbon tied around their necks. And they all share one unmistakable feature—they are all redheads.
Socialite Reve Sorrell has come to Cherokee Pointe seeking answers about her shocking connection to Jazzy Talbot. With their good looks and shining red hair, they could be twins—abandoned at birth and raised in very different worlds. But whoever left them for dead thirty years ago isn’t about to let them uncover the truth now.
As a serial killer leaves another calling card in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Reve turns to Sheriff Jacob Butler to help her unravel the secrets of her past. But as Reve gets closer to Jacob, a killer gets closer to her…a killer who won’t make the same mistake twice.
“A powerful story that kept me up very late—with all the lights on. With a villain you won’t soon forget and nail-biting suspense, As Good as Dead is about as good as it gets.” —Kay Hooper
In the uneven conclusion to Barton's Cherokee Pointe trilogy (after The Last to Die and The Fifth Victim), red-haired Reve Sorrell sweeps into Cherokee Pointe, a Tennessee hamlet plagued by a serial killer who targets redheads. A snooty adopted socialite, Reve is determined to prove whether or not her wrong-side-of-the-tracks mirror image, Jazzy Talbot, is her twin sister from whom she was separated at birth. Other returning cast members include Jazzy's beloved Caleb McCord as well as psychic Genny Sloan and Genny's protective husband, Dallas. While the romantic elements suffer from predictability and lack of development, Reve's blooming relationship with Sheriff Jacob Butler, who protests loving her as much as he fights to defend her, should keep fans turning the pages. The suspense ratchets up when psychic Genny predicts danger for Reve and Jazzy, but Barton fails to maintain the story's momentum. Instead, she stuffs her plot full of sex scenes and descriptions of the killer's graphic assaults. But while the serial-killer story loses momentum, the mystery surrounding Reve and Jazzy's parentage resonates to the final scenes.