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!

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