Title: The Victim's Child
Author: Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton
Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
..AND THE KILLER HAD NO FACE…
Lara Radburn arrives minutes after a crime is committed. She finds her renter, Crystal Mar, a local artist, dead. She has been bludgeoned by one of her own works in progress…the sculpture of a fierce lion. Her four-year-old daughter, Karma, has disappeared. In a frantic search through the surrounding woods, Lara encounters a stranger who helps her find Crystal’s child. But she soon discovers that Dane Lanford is the man who has taken her late brother’s role as head of the local art retreat, a place shrouded in rumors and mystery, and has ties to Crystal through her artwork. To the traumatized child, the face of the killer has merged with that of the stone lion, so she can identify no one. Lara suspects charming Dane Lanford may be Karma’s father…and a cold-blooded killer.
The last thing Lara Radburn expects to find is local artist Crystal Mar murdered, beaten to death by one of her sculptures, a lion. Lara frantically searches for Crystal’s young daughter, Karma, but she’s nowhere to be found. While searching for Karma in the woods, she meets handsome Dane Lanford. Lara has her suspicions about Dane but keeps them to herself, for now. When they find Karma, she so traumatized, she identifies her mother’s killer as the lion from the sculpture. The more Lara investigates, the more she believes Dane might be the ‘lion’ everyone is searching for. Can she solve Lara’s murder before the killer silences her forever?
The Victim’s Child is such a gripping suspense, I couldn’t put it down. With well-developed characters and just the right number of clues revealed at a time, I put on my detecting cap and solved the murder. The plot progressed at a nice easy pace. There’s plenty of intrigue to pull the reader along and even a few white-knuckling moments. The writing style of Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton reminds me of Mary Higgins Clark. The one trait I look for in a great suspense novel is the story stays with me after I finish reading it. The Victim’s Child and its characters have stuck with me, even to this day. If you’re a fan of suspense, pick up The Victim’s Child. You won’t be disappointed.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Sisters and co-authors Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton have written over fifty novels including the popular Jeff McQuede High Country Mystery Series, set in Wyoming. They are also co-authors of the eight-book Ardis Cole archaeological mystery series.
Their books are written with readers in mind who enjoy cozy mystery, mystery romance, and romantic suspense. Some of their single titles include The Vanished Lady, The Mayan Mask of Death, and Path of the Jagar, They are currently working on a new mystery romance, The Knights of Garland Murder, set in Kansas, where both of them reside.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N