Revenge by Debra Webb

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.


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