Vile by Debra Webb

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.


  1. Michelle Harrison says:

    Faces of Evil Fans Debra did not let us down. If you are new to the series or never read it get on board but a word of warning its addictive.

  2. Marijane Diodati says:

    Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil series is an incredible ride! I couldn’t agree more with your review!

    Don’t miss Vile and Heinous, which is being released on 7/11/14, as the series is heading toward the last few books! I think all lovers of the series will miss the well-drawn, realistic characters we’ve come to care about!

  3. Teresa Russ says:

    The Faces of Evil series is by far the best I have read. Each book leaves you wanting more. Even though I look forward to the conclusion, starting with Heinous on Friday, I really don’t want the story to end!

  4. DeeAnn Kline says:

    Debra Webb has been one of my favorite authors for over 10 years. This is a great suspense series and one of my favorite. I’ll reread this series over in the years to come. The Faces of Evil get better with each book with Jess getting closer to finding the Player. Jess wonders if she’ll ever catch him before he ends his last game, which is to kill her.

  5. Jo Ann Reinhold says:

    I love this series! It is fast paced and leaves you breathless!
    Debra Webb does a fantastic job giving you great characters and a story that keeps you rivited! I can’t wait for the next book!

  6. Maureen says:

    LOVE this series! Every book gets better!!!!

  7. Gail Fuhlman says:

    This series is one of Debra Webb, best works. What Debra, does is let you think you have everything all figure out then she throws a monkey wrench in what you thought was going to happen, This isn’t the case at all.

  8. Nancy Wolfe says:

    The Faces of Evil series by Debra Webb is one of the best series out. I love each and every book in the series. They get you hooked at the beginning and leave you wanting more. Can’t wait for the next installment!


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