Ruthless by Debra Webb

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.


  1. Marijane Diodati says:

    Excellent review. I could not agree more!

    Compelling Romantic Suspense always is expected in the Faces of Evil series but, in Ruthless, Debra Webb raises the bar.While frantically investigating two serial killer cases, the recurring characters also are dealing with a plethora of emotions, not the least of which are fear, anger, and desperation, and so are you. By the end of Ruthless, you will be happily depleted but eager for the next book, Vicious. Yes, Ruthless is that good!

  2. Agree this is a series that makes it difficult waiting for the next book. And the next one isn’t out till Thanksgiving!!! Ah, well someone else can do the cooking, I’m going to be reading

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