The Empty Rooftop by Lily MacPherson

The Empty Rooftop by Lily MacPherson
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (157 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Anya Jameson, FBI agent turned consultant, is working the most challenging case of her burgeoning career: a series of brutal murders in Cayce, North Carolina. The only thing linking the victims is that they all came from some of society’s most vulnerable groups of people and all were in search of new beginnings.

On a crowded New York street Anya stumbles into up and coming race car driver Tommi, who unexpectedly coaxes Anya out of years of solitude. But love and murder are not a good combination, and the investigation—or the killer—may tear the new lovers apart before they get the chance to build something together.

How would you catch a serial killer who knows how to cover his tracks?

I enjoyed seeing how much information the author was able to pack into the dialogue. Several of the hints about what was going on with the case were shared through conversations various characters had with one another. This fit in well with the fast pace of the storyline overall as it didn’t leave a great deal of time for mulling over what could be happening. There were so many other conflicts going on simultaneously that I completely understood why these sections were laid out this way.

Anya and Tommi were written so similarly that I had trouble telling them apart based on their personalities and speech patterns. While I definitely like it when two characters who are interested in each other share a lot in common, both women were alike in so many different ways that I wondered what they saw in each other. It would have been really helpful to have some examples of the ways in which they were different and how those differences could be complementary for this couple.

The string of grisly murders that the main character was trying to solve intrigued me. There weren’t a large number of clues about who the murderer was, but the ones that were provided were really juicy ones. I especially appreciated the fact that Anya was so skilled at picking out the ones she did. It was fascinating to see how she pieced certain ones together that I probably would have never thought to connect in that way. This part of the plot was nicely done.

Give The Empty Rooftop a try if you’re in the mood for a mystery that includes some romance.

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