Not for the squeamish or faint of heart, this is the story of a psychopathic serial killer who doesn't just murder, but drags his victims through nightmare experiences before allowing them to die. Almost from the beginning pages the reader is chilled to the bone by the way this young man can deceive everyone who comes into contact with him. He's handsome, charming, well spoken, and romantic. What woman, searching for a perfect companion, could ask for anything more? That's what Ruth thought, a woman simply in need of an escort for one evening. Just ONE evening! She got that, and so much more. I enjoyed the thrills, chills, and story line. The characters are well developed and interesting. A good book for taking your mind off of everything else. I couldn't put it down.
Ruth Lasseter is having an affair .... with her married boss. She must bring a date to the company dance in order for her lover's wife to not become suspicious. Contacting an escort service, she is given a brochure with all the available men's pictures.
She chooses Tim Hagan, although he is much younger. He's good looking, charming, polite, well-mannered .. everything a woman could ask for. He's also seething with rage underneath.
Ruth makes her first mistake ... she sleeps with him. Now she can't get rid of him. She seems him everywhere. He send flowers ... thousands of dollars worth of flowers. Her car is tampered with. He becomes the stalker we all hear about.
In the meantime, one of the security guards at her office, Aiden, has also become enamored of Ruth. He's always pleasant but keeps an eye on her.
One evening, while working late, Hagan appears with a gun and forces her outside into her car. During this car ride, Ruth notices a car that seems to follow them .. it's Aiden. What results is a car chase, with the car rolling off the road. Ruth grabs the gun, but doesn't have it in her to use it on her kidnapper. Aiden is hurt and she tends to him instead.
A few days later, Hagan's body is found in a ditch close to where their accident occurred.
And this is where the story ends ... RIGHT? no..no..no.. this is actually only the beginning of a living nightmare for both Ruth and Aiden.
This is billed as a novel of suspense.. and that it is. But it is also a psychological thriller. I found it really hard to put the book down. So much action, so many strange things happening ... are they really happening .... or is she losing her mind? Aiden doesn't believe her .. cops don't believe her ... Hagan's family doesn't even believe her. And just who exactly who and what was Tim Hagan?
Excellent, well written, with characters that are believable. A must read!
He's sweet, wistful, and boyishly handsome. But beneath Tim Hagan's polite veneer lies a rage as deep as the ocean. He needs a woman to save him from his gruesome past -- and those who fail, become a part of it.
Ruth Lasseter finds herself in a bind: to put the office gossips off the scent of her affair with a married co-worker, she must attend a company function with an attractive, even enviable, male. And Tim Hagan seems just the ticket...
The darkness torn from that single night will consume Ruth with a need for vengeance and strip her life to the bone. And as Ruth penetrates the very heart of Tim's madness, she finds herself irrevocably locked in a chilling dance to the dance...