New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan is back with Compulsion, another high-octane thriller starring the "compelling new protagonist" (RT Book Reviews) Maxine Revere.
Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman's MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn't working alone.
Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the face of her questions is combined with uncomfortable knowledge of Max's own past. She leaves the room convinced, but unable to prove, that Bachman knows exactly what happened to the missing couple. The D.A. wants nothing to jeopardize his case against Bachman and refuses to consider Max's theory. With no physical evidence, Max has to rely on her own wits and investigative prowess to dig deep into Bachman's past. The picture that Max puts together is far darker and more deadly than she ever imagined.
As Max gets closer to the truth, she doesn't realize that she's walking down a road that has been paved just for her. That every step she takes brings her one step closer to a brilliant, methodical sociopath who has been waiting for her to make just one small mistake.
And when she does, he'll be there waiting.
A heroic lead isn't enough to salvage bestseller Brennan's frenetic second thriller featuring dogged reporter Maxine "Max" Revere (after 2014's Notorious). Max, the star of Maximum Exposure, a TV news series devoted to criminal justice, pulls off a coup when she gets an exclusive interview with accused serial killer Adam Bachman. Bachman was arrested nine months earlier in New York City, after a traffic delay gave time for his latest intended victim, Ava Raines, to call for help from the trunk of the car Bachman was driving and alert some nearby police officers. Although Bachman was charged with five murders, Max focuses on two victims, a middle-aged couple on their second honeymoon, whom she believed he also killed, but whose bodies were never recovered. She keeps digging, spurred by the killer's taunt that she'll "never find them." Largely self-sufficient, Max nonetheless winds up a damsel in distress. A plot hole involving Ava will leave some readers scratching their heads.
A little slow in the end. I would have liked it wrapped up sooner.
Brace yourself for this one...
....it's a thriller! It's a follow up with the same characters and usually I try to avoid serial books but this one was terrific! Filled with suspense, unpredictable, really likable characters. Buy it without fear and if you don't like it, look me up and I'll give you five bucks😏