IF YOU’RE ON HIS LIST
A woman’s naked body is discovered, cold and pale as the surrounding snow—except for the crimson scarf around her neck. The weeks that follow bring more victims and evidence of a terrifying pattern. The killer has a list. And every woman on it will get what she deserves . . .
YOU’RE AS GOOD
Dr. Lynne Gale followed in her father’s footsteps to become a vet in Pike, Wisconsin. For years, she’s had little contact with Kir Jansen, son of the town’s late sheriff. Suddenly he’s back, insisting that Lynne’s in danger. She can’t believe anyone would target her, but someone is hunting the women of Pike, savoring every last moment.
Kir hoped that his father’s frantic calls about a serial killer were just an old man’s delusions. But the body count doesn’t lie. In this quiet town, a monster stalks and kills. And soon, Lynne’s will be the last name on his list . . .
Praise for Pretend You’re Safe
“A satisfying mystery … Ivy's clever foreshadowing keeps the tension high throughout this fast-moving tale, and the romance sizzles.”
“A pulse-raising romantic thriller.”
The latest romantic thriller from Ivy (the Agency series) suffers from a formulaic love story and a lackluster supporting cast, but nevertheless manages to build to an exciting and largely satisfying conclusion. Kir Jansen returns to his small Wisconsin hometown for his father's funeral and discovers a cryptic note his father left for him: a list of five sets of initials. One set matches those of the town's veterinarian, Lynne Gale, with whom Kir quickly forms a bond. When a local woman whose initials are also on the list is murdered, Kir and Lynne set out to catch the killer. It turns out that before Kir's father died, he received a series of gruesome letters that seem to predict a killing spree, but local law enforcement refuses to consider a connection between the letters and the current case. The sheriff's reasons for dismissing Lynne and Kir's suspicions are frustratingly dubious, and readers will often feel one step ahead of the characters when it comes to solving the mystery. Kir and Lynne's connection makes sense, but their lovemaking feels discordant in context. Once the pieces fall into place, the novel settles into an engaging rhythm but many readers will struggle to get there. Hopefully, the next installment will strike a better balance.