Title: Kiss Me, Kill Me
Author: Allison Brennan
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Personal COpy
Rating: 4 out of 5
After her difficult experiences in Love Me To Death, Lucy Kincaid has been working on her FBI application with a renewed fervor. She has sent off all her application materials, has had her interview, and is now just waiting for the final decision. In the meantime, Lucy agrees to help her boyfriend, private security expert Sean Rogan on a case involving a runaway. The case takes a sickening turn, though, when Lucy and Sean connect it with a series of murders in New York City.
Kiss Me, Kill Me is a suspense novel that will leave readers breathless. There are two storylines that run concurrently through the novel – that of Sean and Lucy’s investigation, and the NYPD’s search for a serial killer that is preying on young women. Both are intriguing and keep the reader guessing through the twists and turns that populate the novel. Brennan balances well between the two plots, and brings them together in a great way.
Once again, Lucy Kincaid is an appealing main character for this novel. I loved visiting with her once again, and I appreciate how her and Sean’s relationship has matured since the last book. While this book could function as a standalone, it’s important to understand Lucy’s full history to really get her character. While Brennan does give a quick overview of her past, as well as the events of the previous book, in Kiss Me, Kill Me, I’d recommend reading these books in order. Both are quick, fast-paced reads that are well-plotted and engaging.
The mystery in Kiss Me, Kill Me is interesting, and the conclusion was surprising. I guessed the killer’s identity at the same time as Lucy did; it was gratifying that I was able to follow the clues, yet wasn’t able to predict the ending with ease. Brennan is releasing a third Lucy Kincaid mystery soon, and I’m glad to have caught up in this excellent series in time for it.