Deviously Sincere – Alayna Hallward

Book One: Demented Minds Collection

Four of five stars given

It’s interesting to me in retrospect, that a book that was a literal chore for me to slog through, still held me enthralled and did NOT end up on my DNF pile. The story line is mesmerising and well worth hanging in.

I was in a quandary as to how to rate this book. I found it difficult to read, the language a stilted and unnatural. HOWEVER, the premise was intriguing and held my interest enough to overrule my inner grammar grannie. I put her on hiatus and just enjoyed the plot.

I hope you’ll do the same.

So, let’s talk about that story!

We have the FBI tracking a serial killer. With similarities to a previous killer – except that he’s in jail.

We have a team lead who has no use for the psychological assessment group – but why? And we have Tilda and Nathan who are determined that he MUST give them the tools and latitude they need to do their job. Well Tilda is. Nathan isn’t so sure.

Add to that, we have the killer talking to us. Oh, we don’t know WHO he is, but we know he’s out there. And we see how his mind works, how his plans – because he IS investing much planning and time in his kills – take shape and come to fruition.

Hallward has crafted great characters and an engrossing plot line. The twists are unexpected, yet totally in synch with the story. Slightly reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs – which I didn’t enjoy – this nonetheless was unputdownable.

You’ll like it, I promise!

[Many thanks to Booksirens and the author for the opportunity to read a copy of this book. This is my honest review, the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.]

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