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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: The Trophy Taker by Sarah Flint

The Trophy Taker by Sarah Flint
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Aria Fiction    

Fans of police procedurals will like this dual storyline novel.  With a strong female lead heading the investigation, it's a race to find two male antagonists.  Can she succeed without adding anymore victims to the list, including her and her team?

Stay tuned later this month for my blog tour stop and learn more about this novel and the author!

Book 2 in the DC Charlotte Stafford series brings us a serial killer who takes the ring finger of each victim as a memento. He leaves behind victims with their chests open, hearts taken out and thrown and leaves "symbols of their treachery". He has a list of people who at one point or another have metaphorically ripped out his heart so he's returning the favor. DC Stafford is baffled as each victim is so different from the other. On top of this, she is also tracking a racist man who is addicted to drugs and attacking minorities for little reward to get his next fix.

A typical police procedural, this could also work as a standalone. I never felt lost in the characters or their backgrounds from missing the first book. This book starts out with a bang and the killer is quite demented, something I always like in a storyline. I did feel it began to get a bit repetitive and there were too many characters introduced that I got a tad bit confused with where the finale came from. I certainly didn't figure out who the killer ended up being which is always a nice surprise. While the racial attacks were the secondary storyline, I felt myself preferring that over the main premise and would have liked to have delved more into this. Fans of police procedurals with a strong female lead will definitely take a liking to this novel.

Big thank you to Aria!

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