by Susan S., guest reviewer
Ms. Donovan has written a gripping suspense- thriller meant to charm and chill her readers. During the day you’ll run background checks on everyone you know and meet. Nights will offer no respite, bringing only maniacal laughter with its starlit skies.
Recommendations: If you enjoyed the movies Touched by Evil, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Enough you’re going to enjoy this novel. It’ll also appeal to readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, thrillers, and anyone who watches the television show C.S.I.
Michael Alan DeVeccio (hero) has a net worth of 49 billion dollars. He’s the CEO of the DeVeccio Empire (a thriving construction company) which builds luxury resorts. Mr. DeVeccio has it all! The drop-dead good lucks, a twenty-four room mansion, servants, sports cars, everything a man could want; he’s the epitome of the crème de la crème. There’s only one thing he wants, yet doesn’t have; an heir.
Margot Montgomery (heroine) is a golden haired beauty. She’s self-sufficient, has a wonderful career, caring friends, and a loving family. As head curator of a Mexican art museum, her career is her passion. The only passion missing from her life is the romantic kind.
When Margot and Michael meet sparks will fly, and romance will bloom. Until a 10 year old unsolved murder begins to unravel. The revelation of secrets will cause a re-emergence of the Red Rock Slasher. The body counts are growing, and Margot has just registered on the Slasher’s radar. Will Michael protect her? Or, will a handsome homicide detective (Diego Santiago) save Margot from a fate far worse than death?
Margot’s to-do list:
- Remain Alive
- Get out of an unhappy marriage
- Stop the Red Rock Slasher
`Course, if she can’t accomplish the first, two and three are moot points!
Author’s strength lies in her ability to show the progression of the Slasher’s psychopathic tendencies.
My thoughts: It’s eerie when someone drugs Margot with hallucinogenic drugs. And when the murderer’s last hold on reality slips, the emergence of his different identities is purely sinister.
Favorite scene: Detective Santiago knows the gravity of keeping duty and desire as far from each other as possible. When he’s no longer capable of hiding his feelings for Margot, he’ll let her know. Mmm-hmm, no question!
Rating: 4 Stars
Whimsical Publications, LLC, Copyright 2010, Suspense/Thriller, Print Pages 268.
Mask of the Betrayer is also available in Kindle format.
There’s a sequel in the works. Book two titled Vendetta will continue the story two years after book one. It promises us more suspense, more drama, and a wedding.