An Oklahoma killer draws a defense lawyer and a former FBI agent into a deadly game in this romantic thriller by the New York Times bestselling author.
Defense attorney Ellie Guthrie recently opened her own law firm in small midwestern town of Curry, Oklahoma. But the reception has been less than welcoming. Ellie’s tires are slashed. Dead rats are dumped on her patio. Thankfully, former FBI agent Nate Marcel insists on watching out for his new neighbor. Because vandalism is only the beginning of what’s in store for Ellie.
When bodies begin turning up, what appears to be a string of fatal overdoses turns out to be something much more sinister. There’s a killer in town, toying with Ellie, drawing both her and Nate into a web of murder and vengeance. To stop the nightmare, she’ll have to unearth this small community’s dark and twisted past…before it’s her turn to die.
Suspense and romance are uneasy partners in Ivy's uneven rural Oklahoma thriller (following 2018's What Are You Afraid Of?). Defense attorney Ellie Guthrie is still in the early stages of establishing her own law firm in the small town of Curry, Okla., over her parents' objections. Maintaining her independence also means turning down the romantic advances of her neighbor, former FBI agent Nate Marcel. Ellie is one of the targets of a spate of crimes and questionable situations, including the overdose death of Daniel Perry, local ne'er-do-well and son of the former sheriff. His body was found in a field with a tangled history that involves longtime residents of Curry. Ellie and Nate assume responsibility for investigating, lacking faith in Curry's dismissive and ineffective sheriff, Gary Clark. Satisfyingly steamy encounters between Nate and Ellie feel jarring amid the crime scenes, and their actions pushing the boundaries of legality seem out of character, marring the reading experience for fans of both thrillers and romance.