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The Dying Room by Debra Webb

DYING
The Dying Room by Debra Webb
Publisher: Pink House Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

As Birmingham’s Medical Examiner, Dr. Sylvia Baron spends her time unraveling the secrets the dead keep. But Sylvia has a secret of her own that has haunted her for twenty years. Recent events have forced her to see how very precious life really is and she is determined to stop taking a single moment of hers for granted. She goes to private investigator Buddy Corlew for help. Trouble is, Corlew has a reputation for unraveling the ladies as well as the cases he accepts.

Before Sylvia gets charmed out of more than her deepest secret by the enigmatic PI, she’s summoned to a bizarre murder scene that will shake the city, as well as the Birmingham PD, to its very core. Working with Deputy Chief Jess Harris and her major crimes team, Sylvia is drawn into the most challenging case of her career.

With the threat of Eric Spears nullified, Dan and Jess think that they can turn thoughts towards their soon-to-arrive child. However, nothing is ever that easy for the Burnetts, and when prominent members of the Birmingham upper class start turning up dead, it’s all hands on deck to solve this one before anyone else of import dies. Jess’ team, along with the medical examiner, Sylvia Baron, rush headlong into the fray, only hoping they can solve this case before it’s too late.

I love this series and I really adore Debra Webb, however, this first stand-alone novel in the Faces of Evil series seemed to be missing something for me. I’m not sure if it was the intensity that the threat of Eric Spears added or what, but The Dying Room lacked the oomph of the previous novels. However, do not let that discourage you, because it was still a fast-paced, gripping mystery.

One big change was the focus on Birmingham’s Medical Examiner, Sylvia Baron. Over the course of the series, you’ve seen her go from being Dan’s ex-sister-in-law (and thus, Jess’ enemy) to one of Jess’ closest and most trusted allies. In The Dying Room you’re treated to actual backstory and a bit of a side mystery. This was a happy switch of focus for me as I’ve been intrigued by this lady from day one. Anyone who is always that poised and put together is desperately trying to keep something at bay and, in this novel, we find out exactly what this is.

For me, the best part of this new novel was the prominence of my favorite side character: Buddy Corlew. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always drawn to the oddest characters, and Buddy is no exception. A bad boy to the extreme, he exudes charm and danger at every turn. What saves him is that he really is good at what he does. No longer a member of the Birmingham Police Department, he has no qualms about bending the rules in order to get what he needs, and he does this often. When he sets his sights on Sylvia, however, I thought he was crazy. But somehow, the combination of high society Sylvia and from the wrong side of the tracks Buddy really works. They had this great exchange at one point that really sums their relationship up:

Sylvia made a face. “I’m not a big fan of beer.”
Buddy grinned and pushed the Corona toward her. “You’ll learn to like it.”
“The way I learned to like you?”
He winked. “Exactly.”

That’s the infamous Corlew charm at work right there. That Sylvia is stepping outside her comfort zone not just with the beer, but also with Buddy, shows a lot of potential for her down the line. I do hope that Ms. Webb explores their relationship more in the upcoming novels. I love a mismatched couple, they’re always the most fun.

The Dying Room is an intense and engaging novel that never stops. Between the main murder mystery, Sylvia’s secret and the continuing back stories of the rest of her team, you aren’t given a chance to get bored. Debra Webb has a masterful way of managing plots and subplots so that you’re never confused or lost on any of them. Everything combines seamlessly into one fluid story that refuses to slow down until the end… and not always then, either. Another fantastic addition to an already amazing series.

Heinous by Debra Webb

HEINOUS
Heinous by Debra Webb
Publisher: Pink House Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

The body count is rising. The serial killer obsessed with Birmingham’s Deputy Chief Jess Harris is getting closer, and he knows Jess’s secret. Can she protect the child she carries and the people she loves from Eric Spears and his followers?

The body farm discovered in a small Alabama town has many buried secrets. Is the truth about Jess’s past buried there too? Will learning what really happened to her mother and father help Jess stop the killer determined to have her?

Serial killer Eric Spears is closing in on Jess Harris and her posse of detectives. Women are still missing and time is running out. But Jess’ life isn’t nearly that simple, she has more on her plate than just finding The Player before he kills again. Someone is trying to frame Chief of Police, Dan Burnett and the mystery surrounding the death of Jess’ parents is slowly coming together, a piece at a time. Deputy Chief Harris doesn’t know which way to turn and if she’s not careful, it could be her ultimate undoing.

With each and every installment in this series, Jess and Dan grow closer together. No matter what kind of atrocity is happening around them, their love and devotion to one another remains steadfast. Even with the accusations of Dan being a dirty cop don’t tarnish Jess’ love for him. I’m very happy to see that they aren’t constantly at odds with one another any longer, although in the beginning it was understandable. They’ve morphed into a real couple at this point, and although they still disagree, it isn’t with the headstrong, I’m-right-and-you’re-wrong attitude that colored many of their early confrontations.

The author supplies us with fascinating side characters as well, each with their own intriguing story. I’ve enjoyed learning about Jess’ sister, Chet and Lori, and all the rest. To further add to the suspense of the novel, there is one member of Jess’ team that I don’t quite trust. I’ll be interested to see if he’s on the up and up or not.

I have been in love with this series from the very first book, Obsession. Ms. Webb has an amazing knack for weaving an intense, intriguing backstory throughout a series while also giving secondary storylines that wrap up in one novel. This, in addition to the myriad characters, is what keeps me coming back time and time again to this series. It doesn’t hurt any that each novel ends in a cliffhanger either. I think I’ll be a little heartbroken when this ends.

Vile by Debra Webb

VILE
Vile by Debra Webb
Faces of Evil, book 8
Publisher: Pink House Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows her time is running out. Somehow she must protect the people she loves and any more innocent victims from the serial killer obsessed with her.

Is sacrificing herself the only way to stop this evil?

Vile picks up immediately where Vicious left off. A blonde haired little girl is left on the sidewalk of Birmingham, AL with a note attached to her dress given instructions to be taken to Deputy Chief Jess Harris.

What parent would leave their child unattended on the city street? Does the abandoned child have something to do with Eric Spears?

Jess has her plate full with issues – someone is trying to frame Dan, Dan’s mother is against their relationship, her pregnancy and of course Eric Spears. Eric Spears’ location is unknown but the evil around Jess continues. Along with the body count on the rise, keeping Jess and the Birmingham Police Department very busy.

This is a bittersweet series for me. I enjoy the suspense, the build up to the next level of Eric’s twisted mind, but on the flip side the stop and go is like rush hour traffic…tiring and frustrating. Can I just go ahead and get to where I am going? Eric seems to be unstoppable and always ahead of the police detectives. He had little to no actual appearance in the novel but is a strong presence. I have to admit that maybe there is a sick side to me. The author has Eric as a strong, dominant male that has followers willing to do his vile deeds and I am in awe of him.

A detective’s job is never done, and when you are dealing with the twisted mind of Eric Spears anything is bound to happen. Every person is set in place and has a purpose. Bits and pieces mentioned in earlier novels come together in Vile. Amanda Brownfield was chosen by Eric Spears because of the connection she has with Jess. While reading I had to stop a few times and credit the author on doing such a good job on tying in pieces from previous novels; A sign of being very organized in this well thought out work.

I am a fan of the Faces of Evil series. The author does a great job in keeping the readers attention, and the suspense of not knowing what will happen next is a great ingredient for a novel. The book displays believable characters living and working. The work relationships, and the personal relationships among the characters have the book playing out as a television series. The novel not only focuses on the police investigation, it also shows the characters in a real light, with real people issues; which is another good ingredient for a novel.

Vile is a balance of Jess and her personal life as well as her work life. The author has Jess as a believable character. A woman in a male dominant line of work, dealing with work issues and other life factors that women face. Now that Jess is starting a family I look forward to seeing how the author will consolidate that into the life of Jess.

As with all the prior books in the series, Vile is a suspenseful thrill ride for any mystery fan.

Vicious by Debra Webb

VICIOUS
Vicious by Debra Webb
Publisher: Pink House Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (326 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Serial killer Eric Spears is far from done. He has chosen his next victim and Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows it’s only a matter of time until he comes for her.

The murders are vicious, the killer relentless. Has Birmingham’s major crimes team run into its most baffling and deadly case yet?

Eric Spears isn’t done with Deputy Chief Jess Harris just yet, and he’s not being shy about it either. Knee-deep in the investigation of three missing women, he continues to mess with her mind and toy with her safety. Will The Player finally capture the object of his obsession or will she escape him yet again?

Jess Harris is a mess. As long as Eric Spears is in the wind, neither she nor her team is safe. When you add in the secret she’s keeping from everyone, well, she’s a ticking time bomb waiting to have a meltdown. While she doesn’t quite have a meltdown, she is much more vulnerable in this installment which was a nice change of pace. I love a good, strong heroine, especially one like Jess who doesn’t take anything off of anybody, but it’s good to see that they’re human as well.

It’s probably very wrong of me, but I’m a bit obsessed with Eric Spears myself. I’m not sure just what it is about him, if it’s that on the surface, he seems to be such a normal guy with a disturbing pastime, or if it’s his outright audacity in how he approaches Jess time and again. He’s a brilliant villain, that much is certain. The way he works events and places from her past into his current killing spree was absolutely cunning and wicked.

Debra Webb does it again with Vicious. I don’t know how she keeps bringing the intensity and depravity so consistently, but I am not complaining one bit. The only downside to this series is that each and every novel ends on a nail-biter of a cliffhanger, forcing you to wait in agony for the next installment. Which, in reality, is very good thing. What’s life without a little anticipation, right? I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a powerful mystery or an exceedingly suspenseful romance. The Faces of Evil series has moved to the top of my favorites list!

Silence by Debra Webb

SILENCE
Silence by Debra Webb
Publisher: Pink House Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Ten years ago…

Special Agent Jess Harris has closed another tough case and now she’s determined to make it home to spend Christmas with her only family, her sister. Jess needs a break and taking it far away from work is the only way to keep her mind off the many faces of evil waiting in the stack of case files on her desk.

Running into the past wasn’t part of the plan…

Daniel Burnett was Jess’s first love. She’d fallen hard for him in high school. Together they’d gone off to college with big dreams. But not all dreams come true. Jess hasn’t seen Dan in ten years when they run into each other on Christmas Eve night…yet no force on earth can keep them apart.

Ten years before returning to Birmingham for good, Special Agent Jess Harris made a holiday stopover that she’ll never forget. Coming home for Christmas with her sister and her family, Jess is derailed when she runs into her first love in the local Publix. The next question is, will Jess make it to Lily’s on time for Christmas?

The Jess Harris we meet in Silence is both very different while being very much the same. She’s still hardheaded, determined, and willful. However, she isn’t carrying the shame of having lost the Player nor is she obsessed with bringing the same to justice. It was interesting to see how she was before all the bad went down, sending her back to Birmingham to help Dan. I also enjoyed watching her interact with Dan again after such a long time.

I can’t say much about Dan because, let’s face it, Daniel Burnett is practically perfect in every way. He never stopped loving Jess and it’s obvious. He’s still the strong, considerate rock of a man we meet in Obessession, and I have faith he always was and will be this same man. Dan is exactly everything Jess needs to balance herself out with.

Finally! I have been an avid follower of this series since it was introduced to me early last year. In practically every book since that first one, Jess has thought back to that Christmas she spent with Dan and now we finally have the story of what really went on that night. I wasn’t disappointed either. Silence was everything I had hoped it would be, both steamy and intense and full of the usual Debra Webb flair. It makes for a wonderful prequel to the series or, if you’re like me, a nice tidbit to tide you over until the next full novel is released.

Ruthless by Debra Webb

RUTHLESS
Ruthless by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

He has a ruthless past . . .

Three photos of three unknown women. Sent to Deputy Chief Jess Harris by the Player, one of the world’s most sadistic killers. The Player is taunting her, and Jess is more than ready to take on his challenge. Only one thing could distract her from the Player’s deadly game: the appearance of a clue to long-unsolved cases. For years Birmingham’s children were vanishing-one per year, always on a full moon-until the disappearances stopped and the Man in the Moon case went cold. No leads on the children were ever found-until now.

Jess has no choice but to pursue the case. Someone is reaching out to her, sending her mementos of the missing children, and the citizens of Birmingham deserve justice. But after years of silence, has the Man in the Moon really resurfaced? Or is he just another pawn in the Player’s game?

A package with pictures of unidentified women arrives bearing Jess’ name, sending all of Birmingham PD on a chase to discover who they are – and just which one The Player has taken for his own game. As if that isn’t enough, a killer long believed to be dormant has started to kill again. Will Jess be able to keep herself safe from the serial killer out to get his hands on her and solve the case of the Man in the Moon at the same time? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain, Jess Harris had better watch out because The Player has returned and is up to no good!

I’ve mentioned this before but I have a bit of a twisted love for Eric Spears. Yes, he’s the bad guy and yes, he does an awful lot of gory evil. And yet, there’s just something that draws me to him. It might be the way he’s so playful with Jess while he taunts her or it might just be me waiting for him to make that one mistake that gets him caught. Either way, it shows exactly how talented a writer the author is. After all, she did just make me fall a little in love with a sadistic SOB, didn’t she?

This is the book I’ve been waiting for however, and not just because of the return of The Player, Eric Spears. In this sixth installment of the Faces of Evil series, Jess and Dan finally manage to find some common ground on her safety and her independence. The couple makes some real progress in their relationship here and neither really has to give up much of themselves to do so. It gives me great hope for the next novel.

Ruthless gives us the return of Eric Spears as well as another double layered story keeping us on the edge of our seats. I don’t know how the author manages to pile more suspense and tension into each novel, but I love that she’s able to do so. I’m not sure if another series has ever captured me like this one has, they have become an addiction that I’m more than happy to feed and feed often.

Revenge by Debra Webb

REVENGE
Revenge by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (347 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

The desire for revenge can never be sated . . .

When her beloved high school teacher appears on her doorstep, Deputy Chief Jess Harris is flooded with fond memories-until the woman says she’s about to be charged with murder. Called to the scene of the crime, Jess learns the victim of the bizarre and brutal slaying was a member of Birmingham’s famed “Five.”

Twelve years ago, the Five were rich, popular high school seniors who threw one wild last party. Two social outcasts were invited to play in the “loser games.” The next morning, one player killed himself. Now Jess fears that an invitation to an upcoming class reunion may have forced the Five to play a new deadly game. As Jess fights to keep her former teacher from suspicion-and her relationship with Chief Dan Burnett separate from her work life-she knows she is caught in a vicious cycle of vengeance. And the killer is far from finished . . .

Just when Jess Harris thinks she can take a night off and relax, a new mystery arrives on her doorstep. When her beloved high school teacher shows up declaring she might be wanted for murder, what else can Jess do but help? Then, when five of the most affluent members of Birmingham’s inner circle begin to die off, Jess and her group of officers have more than their hands full. Jess might get that hot bath and glass of wine… eventually.

I fall more in love with this series with every book. The relationships between Jess and her detectives, between Jess and Dan, and then her detectives with each other are fleshed out more and more with each installment. It makes me happy when the side characters are as real and as important as the main ones. Debra Webb has a firm grasp on this concept as well because I’m as invested in the relationship between Chet and Lori as I am with Jess and Dan.

Jess and Dan still struggle throughout this novel, partly because they’re still working out all the kinks involved with balancing a working relationship with a romantic one. But the bigger problem is he’s a bit too old fashioned for her tastes and she’s much too hardheaded for his. But it works, despite their arguing and frustration, because that’s real life for you. I think that, while neither will ever completely give in and give the other everything they want, they will eventually figure out what works for them and be happy.

Each novel in the Faces of Evil series ends with a cliffhanger and takes off from the moment you pick up the next. Revenge is no different. It is another action packed, race against time and evil for Jess Harris and her band of detectives. Debra Webb is a master at mixing intense situations, dramatic events and steamy romance into one storyline. I finish each novel begging for the next to arrive as quickly as possible.

 

Power by Debra Webb

POWER
Power by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (290 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Agent Jess Harris is back in another thrilling installment of Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil series.Jess is ready to start the next chapter in her life as the new deputy chief of Birmingham’s major crimes division. But with her first love, Chief of Police Dan Burnett, acting as her new boss, it looks like Jess won’t be able to put the past behind her that easily.Jess has decided to focus all of her attention on work when a celebrated ballet instructor is found dead by one of her students. Though Jess’s instincts tell her otherwise, the death is ruled an accident, and the case is assigned to another division. Still, Jess can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the story, and her investigation leads her into the worlds of Birmingham’s gang culture and its powerful elite.Now Jess’s investigation has dug a little too deep, and there’s a target painted on her own forehead. Will she be able to solve the crime before her own life is in jeopardy?

A beloved ballet teacher falls to her death with no witnesses. When it’s ruled an accident, Deputy Chief Jess Harris cries foul. Before Jess can investigate further, she’s derailed from the case by the disappearance of a straight-and-narrow kid from the wrong side of the tracks and is redirected to finding him at all costs. What she doesn’t yet know is that the more she digs, the more danger she’s putting herself into.

I’m still having a bit of a love and hate relationship with Jess. I understand that she has to be arrogant, determined and sometimes a bit pushy to get things done, especially in such a male-dominated profession, but her constant refusal to accept any kind of help makes me a bit crazy. She is slowly learning, however, and if she’d just let go of her pride a tiny bit, she’d be a much more likable person. However, as a detective, all those things that make me crazy, make her awesome. That she doesn’t let propriety or Southern hospitality get in the way of getting answers makes me proud.

Jess and Dan have a new obstacle to overcome in this novel, in addition to all the crazies that seem to populate Birmingham. Their attempts to find a balance between work and fun isn’t as easy as they’d hoped it’d be. I found it very interesting to see how such a career-minded woman handles a budding relationship with a man who is essentially her boss.

Each new installment in the Faces of Death series by Debra Webb is better than the last. I love the way that they pick up within days or even hours of the previous book ending. I just think this poor woman needs a new identity if she’s going through this much in two weeks’ time! Power was an exciting and enjoyable mystery touched with enough romance to soften up the harsher edges of the crimes being investigated. The author does a fantastic job of getting to the nitty-gritty of the case while balancing it out with humor or love. I love this series – and author – more and more with each novel.

Rage by Debra Webb

RAGE
Rage by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (368 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

When Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she’d left her past behind her. But the blood bath the new Major Crimes deputy chief finds at a murder scene is beyond even the savagery of Eric Spears, the serial killer who now haunts Jess’s life with terrifying text messages. Amid eerie echoes of the Charles Manson massacre, Jess investigates the dismemberment of a cop’s wife while her baby lay sleeping down the hall.

The discovery of two more headless victims makes Jess wonder if it’s a gang-related slaying, a personal vendetta . . . or something else. And the sudden reappearance of her ex-husband makes her question her future with Chief of Police Dan Burnett. Now as the net widens to include a shocking suspect, Jess realizes that the identity of the killer may lie with an autistic eight-year-old boy. With inner-city tensions at an all-time high and the community calling for blood, Jess must race to save an innocent child-and prevent a final, horrifying act of rage.

The wife of one of Birmingham’s own is brutally murdered in their own home and the only witness is an eight-year-old autistic boy. When two more headless bodies are found, Jess is forced to wonder if the murders are related or if someone’s trying to scare her. The case turns into a race against time when Devon, the witness to the murder, comes up missing and it’s up to Jess and her posse to find him before it’s too late.

Jess has a lot of character growth in this installment. She learns to let go just a tiny bit and let others help her. In addition, she finds a real place of her own so she can begin to settle back into her life in Birmingham. I’m thinking this is the step she needed to stop being Chief Deputy Jess Harris or even Special Agent Harris twenty-four hours a day.

The relationship between Jess and Dan is strained in this novel when Jess’ ex-husband, Wesley, arrives from Los Angeles to help out on the possible gang involvement in one of the murders. It was interesting to see Jess interact with her former husband, it gave you some insight to her current state of being. It was also kind of fun to watch Dan get twisted up over the whole situation as well.

Probably my favorite part of this series is the way the author weaves the main plot with the subplots started in previous novels. For instance, in this fourth installment, you have the underlying threat of The Player, Eric Spears, as well as the tension with the Latino gang, MS-13, playing in the background while Jess runs around solving her cases. These subplots give depth to the novels and, for me, make them much more enjoyable. I really hope that the next book addresses the threat of The Player more because he is what started this all and I would love to see him again.

Rage is, in my opinion, my favorite of the series so far. Each novel builds on the last and the level of intensity moves up a notch. The Faces of Death has rapidly become one of my favorite series this year and I’m not sure I can hold out until July for the next release – I’m that hooked. What will Jess, Dan, and the Birmingham Police Department find lurking in their town next? We can only wait and find out.

Impulse by Debra Webb

IMPULSE
Impulse by Debra Webb
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (368 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Her nightmare isn’t over yet . . .

The Player is a master in the art of torture and murder. No one had ever gotten close to capturing him until Special Agent Jess Harris targeted him with her relentless determination. Jess’s actions may have cost her a job with the bureau, but the Player still wants his vengeance and he’ll make Jess pay in ways she never imagined. The first victim is Jess’s friend-and the killer won’t stop there. With each new death Jess becomes more certain that the only way to stop the Player is to give him what he really wants: her.

Chief of Police Dan Burnett is determined to give Jess her confidence and her life back. With an offer on the table, a position as deputy chief of a new division, can Jess risk staying in her hometown and putting those around her in more danger? Or will she walk away to protect everyone she loves-including Dan, who just may want her back in his arms? The stakes are high, and a single impulse will determine who survives the Player’s final, deadly game . . .

They solved the case, all five girls were returned home alive and relatively unharmed. Jess Harris thinks she has time to take a breath, relax for a moment, gather her thoughts, but she’s wrong. The Player has been watching her – and her newfound teammates – and has been plotting. When Detective Lori Wells disappears, Jess realizes that the game has only just begun and that the Player isn’t so easily fooled.

This second installment in the Faces of Death series kicks off with a bang. Picking up only hours after Obsession ended, Impulse keeps the rapid pace set in the first novel and then ratchets it up. As much as I enjoyed Obsession, this second novel was even better.

Jess Harris has been through hell and back lately and it’s only about to get worse. Being targeted by a suspected serial killer can’t be fun. I do have to say that her character was much more approachable in this installment and I really grew to sympathize with her, which was a good thing. She did what she had to still, but came across as much more relatable this time around.

Dan Burnett, Birmingham Police Chief, has only one concern and that is keeping Jess safe. Even when it antagonizes her to no end, he still puts her safety before his own. I like Dan a lot and really enjoyed the brief bit of relationship development you get between them. I really hope that they work on it more throughout the next few novels as they make a great couple. Each is strong and independent, capable of being on their own, but they each also have their own little weaknesses that the other needs to attend to.

Oddly enough, I think my favorite character in this novel was the bad guy – The Player. Sophisticated, reserved, and thoroughly evil, he fascinated me and, to a point, charmed me. He is definitely the character I want to know more about, especially his motive in doing what he does.

Impulse was a wild ride of twists and unexpected turns that kept me reading long after I knew I should have stopped. Although part of the ending was a touch predictable, I understand why it went the way it did. Despite that, this was a highly enjoyable, completely engaging thriller that thrilled me to my toes. Highly recommended to any lover of intense, sometimes graphic thrillers.