Title: Love Me To Death
Author: Allison Brennan
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Six years ago, Lucy Kincaid was kidnapped and brutalized. Since then, on the surface she has recovered completely, but she wears her mask of composure very well. Inside, the wound is still raw. When her kidnapper and rapist is released from jail, and then gunned down just a few miles from where Lucy lives, she is forced to relive her horrible past as her sister-in-law at the FBI tries to help piece together what happened.
The first book in Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series is a breathtaking whirl through the world of sex offenders and female exploitation. Lucy volunteers at Women and Children First, an organization that tries to keep sex offenders off the street. As a result, the reader gets a disturbing look into the minds of the men who prey on children and teenagers. It’s both interesting and informative, and will make you want to be that much more vigilant in order to protect the young women in your life.
Love Me To Death moves at a fast, almost frantic, pace, and the reader is thrust into the action from the very first page. The pace never lets up and the story completely hooks the reader. As a result, this is a book that would be very easy to read in one sitting. In fact, it was so difficult to put down that I wanted to plow through it, just to find answers behind the constant plot twists.
The characters are also well drawn. I really enjoyed getting to know Lucy. I was absolutely horrified after hearing about what she’d been through and thought it was a blessing that she didn’t remember most of it. I cared about her and was enraged that someone seemed to be targeting her again – after all, hadn’t she been through enough? She was strong and smart, and didn’t allow herself to fall apart, though anyone else in that situation would have, and it would have been completely understandable. Lucy makes it clear from the first page that she is a fighter and will not allow herself to be victimized.
The romance in Love Me To Death is sweet, though easily predictable from the first page (which I believe was the author’s intention). I’m excited that this is the first in a series; the second is already out, and I will definitely be reading it soon. This was a very enjoyable novel, and I highly recommend it to fans of suspense thrillers.