Audible. Available to borrow via Kindle Unlimited with audio included. If you don’t have KU, this is one of those audios that’s less expensive to buy the ebook & add audio. Less than $6 for both at the time of this review.
All Detective Mason Callahan wanted was a quiet fishing trip with the guys—a chance to get away and unwind before Halloween.
Until he finds the body of his boss, Denny Schefte, near their remote Oregon cabin. Now all he wants is to catch the sadist who slit Denny’s throat and covered his face with a mask. Mason was the last person to see him alive and will stop at nothing to find his friend’s murderer.
When the FBI learns of the mask left at the scene, they realize they have a serial killer on their hands—one who is targeting cops. They assign the case to Special Agent Ava McLane, despite her engagement to Mason. Barely recovered from her own nearly fatal injury and her sister’s attempted suicide, Ava hopes she is ready to chase another killer.
But as she delves into the increasingly disturbing case, the killer may be closer than expected—dangerously close
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined. The majority of the book is either from Mason or Ava’s perspective. There are several scenes from from secondary characters.
While it is a little over the top that this couple continues to become central to so many serial killer scenarios, I grew up watching Murder She Wrote and Hart to Hart, so I just go with it. This was a fabulous story on it’s own as well as a nice ending to the Callahan & McLane series as a whole. As with the others, this is partially mystery, a lot procedural with suspense, with a little romance thrown in. This one kept the murderer a mystery for much longer which was really nice. I had some suspicions, but it wasn’t fully clear until confirmed by the story line.
This also introduces us to Elliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick character for a nice transition into that series (which is already queued up on my Audible app). Mason & Ava catch the criminal in a harrowing ending and also get their HEA.
Duet Narration! I don’t know what happened that Nick Podehl didn’t narrate this last book. I’m super mixed, because while I like Podehl as a narrator – Alexander Cendese nailed Mason Callahan in a way that made me wish they’d go back and re-record with him in the previous 3 books. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I love Amy McFadden and this is another in a long line of books I adore by her.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Serial killing of multiple law enforcement officers are discussed from a law enforcement procedural aspect. Incest is alluded to but not graphically described.
My Favorite Quotes
He suddenly needed to hear her speak, hear her low voice that always set his stomach aflutter. Fluttering in a masculine way. – Targeted by Kendra Elliot #DuetNarration @amymcnarrator & Alexander Cendese #CallahanMcLaneTweet