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Pretty Little Killers by Rita Herron
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Series: The Keepers #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 20, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 8 hours, 33 minutes
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Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.
Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.
When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.
As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.
I didn’t know this author but it is a favorite genre so I decided to try it. I am so glad I did. I could hardly stand to stop listening, and was always trying to get back to listening. The FBI cases had lots of interesting facets along with the agents’ histories, both professional and personal. The past and present wove into the twisty, dark cases in a clever and intriguing way.
I really liked Korine. She had a lot to handle with her family and her new role at the FBI. She was smart, caring with the others and handled herself well. Hatcher was less likable. I enjoyed them in the case work, but not so much in the personal side. For 90% of the story, it was lust, lust, more lust, based on a previous one night stand under poor circumstances. Hatcher tried a bit, in both words and deeds, to support Korine with her life but she shut him down promptly. View Spoiler »Then at the 90% into the story, BAM, they give in and have sex. After the case is solved, at the end, it is insta-love? « Hide Spoiler I didn’t want more romance but I needed more relationship development if it was headed there.
I liked Andi Arndt very well. She did a wonderful job with the voices and feelings in this story. The setting is near Savannah, GA and I LOVE the Southern lilt she gives to some voices. While normally, I listen to most audio books at 1.25, I listened at 1.0 speed. It just sounded wrong at a faster speed, possibly since a Southern drawl should be a bit more relaxed. Her performance overall allowed me to stay completely in the story.
Pretty Little Killers is the first in The Keepers series, which is currently available in Kindle Unlimited. I am totally wanting to continue with this series. I am baffled as to how it will progress. Will there be a different couple for each book with one of them being an FBI agent to tie into the series and provide cases? Or will the series continue with this couple and their cases? I can’t wait to see. Honestly, I’d be happy if it continued with this couple and focused on the cases rather than the romance because this aspect was so good. I researched and found the next title will be Good Little Girls releasing in July 2018.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge