Don’t Cry by Beverly Barton is the first book in a new romantic suspense series. Publisher: Zebra (Kensington), August 2010

The crime scenes are horrifying: the victims arranged with deliberate care, posed to appear alive despite their agonized last moments and the shocking nature of their deaths.

Chattanooga grief counselor Audrey Sherrod moonlights for the local police. It’s clear to her, and to Special Agent J.D. Cass, that the murders are the work of a deranged serial killer. At first, the only link is the victim’s similar physical appearance. But then another connection emerges, tying them to a long-ago series of horrifying crimes Audrey hoped would never resurface—crimes that hit all too close to home.

Each grisly new discovery proves the past has not been forgotten, and the worst is yet to come. Audrey went looking for the truth and she is about to find it… and it will be more twisted and more terrifying than she ever imagined.

What a great story! A father that wasn’t there has made Audrey shy from commitments. Nightmares have begun again when a serial killer replicates kidnappings from the past which included her baby brother. Local TBI agent, J.D., who recently discovered he’s a father is learning the ins and outs of raising a teenage daughter gets pulled into this case. The mystery was good and I had a good time guessing who the killer was. The author had a couple of red herrings and the twists and turns of who it could be kept me turning the pages. I like that the author did not rush the romance, but let it grow gradually between Audrey and J.D. I’m looking forward to the sequel. My rating: 5 stars

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