A woman's slashed, incinerated corpse is found in a seedy New Orleans apartment. From her bed in a bayou cottage on the outskirts of town, Olivia Bechet has a terrifying vision of the murder.
Weeks later, another violent vision shatters her sleep. But jaded detective Rick Bentz doesn't believe her - even when a second body turns up, slain in exactly the same bizarre, ritualistic manner Olivia described...
Frustrated by Bentz's skepticism, captivated by her attraction to him, Olivia hopes she has had her last vision. But soon her dreams are invaded by more images - and this time, she sees the murderer's face as well as the victim's. Both are closer than she ever imagined.
Another serial killer is wreaking havoc in New Orleans, and it's up to detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, the protagonists from Jackson's previous thriller, Hot Blooded, to reign him in. This time around, the detectives are joined by Olivia Benchet, a reluctant psychic who hails from a highly dysfunctional family. Olivia's visions of a priestly killer who tortures and sacrifices young females provide Bentz and Montoya with their best clues, but Olivia may be the next victim if Bentz doesn't shrug off his cynicism concerning visions and romantic entanglements with the wild-haired psychic. Twice burned by his former wife, who had an affair with his half-brother, Bentz now lives for work and his rebellious, 19-year-old daughter, Kristi. The hunt for the murderer escalates when Olivia realizes her visions are a two-way mirror, and the killer has Kristi and Olivia in his sights. Jackson's sanctimonious serial killer, who refers to himself as The Chosen One, is stock, but the dynamics between her protagonists, particularly between Bentz and Olivia, are a welcome counterpoint to the violent action. Although some readers may be repulsed by the killer's sexually sadistic crimes, which are depicted in graphic detail,others will be intrigued by Jackson's portrayal of the grotesqueries that result when faith and family are perverted.
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Roller coaster ride
I would have given this five stars were it not for the dreadful spelling mistakes and poor editing which gave rise to many typographical and layout errors. Speech marks were incorrect, there was no spacing between some words, and the dialogue was hard to follow because of the poor layout. However the story was great and a real ‘can’t put it down’ book. The MO of the evil killer was similar to one I have read before, but that did not ruin it at all it was still very intriguing. For fans of crime thrillers this is worth reading.