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Left To Die
Author: Lisa Jackson
Paperback: 484 pages
Publisher: Zebra (July 29, 2008)
In the Bitteroot mountains surrounding Grizzly Falls, Montana, something deadlier than the winter storms has sprung up. A serial killer. Rescuing female car drivers whom the killer has caused to have an accident on the treacherous mountain roads, this unseen menace keeps them hidden somewhere, then leaves them tied naked to a tree where they subsequently freeze to their death. The absence of sexual violence together with a cryptic message carved in the tree above each victim further baffles Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez together with the FBI.
The latest woman missing is Jillian Rivers. Drawn to Grizzly Falls by a mysterious photo of supposedly dead first husband, Jillian crashes over the mountain side when someone shoots out her car's tire. Upon recovering consciousness, an injured Jillian has to determine whether her mysterious rescuer is out to kill or save her. Battling personal demons of their own, the two female detectives are racing to track Jillian whose disappearance is somehow different from the others.
Jackson is par master at creating female-oriented suspense and it's never more obvious than in this stellar read. I've long been a mystery buff and usually guess the 'whodunit' part pretty early in the game. But here, in this story, Jackson casts such a wide net of red herrings that it's difficult to make a guess. The characters, their personal and work-related issues, together with the arctic cold and a town full of unusual denizens - all help create a suitably sinister atmosphere. At various points, readers are given a glimpse into the killer's thoughts and scheming that adds stiletto-like sharpness to the whole scenario. And it's interesting to see how this maniac walks among the residents with no one suspecting a thing.
The thing that stuck me most about this book was that I didn't know who the central character was until more than halfway through the book. Even then, calling Jillian Rivers the protagonist would be wrong as the two female detectives play important roles and are dominant for most of the novel. The best part is that although some crucial questions are answered, the novel ends in a shocking cliffhanger that beautifully sets the stage for the next novel in this series, 'Chosen To Die'.
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