This was an awesome mystery!!! I was guessing until the very end!! Highly recommended to any and all mystery fans!
Sandra Brown has done the next to the impossible. She's given us a serial killer, shown us what he looks like, given us plenty of info about him, made plenty sure we know he's a bottom dweller into not quite right, kinky sex. But that's not what is so amazing about this novel. We meet this slug right from the get go, but we don't figure out who he is till the end of the book, so I guess you could say HELLO, DARKNESS is a mystery. But wait, it reads like a pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller. Stop! There might be a touch of romance in it as well.
Nightshift DJ Paris Gibson gets a call from one of her listeners, a guy who calls himself Valentino, just before she goes off shift. He tells her he's kidnapped his girlfriend and he's going to kill her in three days. Paris has seventy-two hours to save the girl. Of course she goes straight to the cops, where she happens to run into Criminal Shrink Dean Malloy, a man from her past.
Paris, Malloy and the police do their level best to track the kidnapper, but Ms. Brown has made it a bit difficult by giving them more than one suspect. Is it Malloy's sassy son, a back-talking, boozing brat who belongs to the same internet sex club as the missing girl? Is it the perverted porno perusing, pedophiliac who yearns to peak under his patient's skirts as he's drilling their teeth? Is it the cop assigned to computer fraud that's been secretly sampling the wares of the girls in the high school sex club? And can Paris and company catch the kidnapping killer before he gets Paris, because you know hes after her, else why did he bother to call in the first place.
The beauty of this book is that I was convinced the bad guy was the dentist, then I shifted my attention to the kid, then the cop, then back to the dentist, and so on and so on. Ms. Brown gives us three suspects, makes them all look guilty, then guiltier. What a great book.
Usually it's painfully obvious who the bad guy is, but I kept changing my mind as to the villain's identity all throughout the book. A good read.