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Deadly Fear
by Cynthia Eden
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Grand Central, 2010 (2010)
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*   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

After surviving a horrific kidnapping as a teen, Monica Davenport has made a career of profiling serial killers and she's become the best at what she does. Stopping these criminals has taken its toll, however, and Monica often comes across as cold and unshakable as the killers she tracks - until former lover, Luke Dante, becomes part of her investigative team.

Years ago, they'd had a red-hot love affair that Monica eventually broke off after being unable to tear down her protective walls and let Luke see into her heart. But now they're tracking a cunning killer who's using those very fears to destroy his victims - the next of which he's already chosen. Will Luke be able to protect Monica before she's forced to relive those horrors?

While competently written, the plot of Deadly Fear suffers from redundancy in both storyline and dialogue - as well as using story elements other suspense authors have already utilized this year. Character wise, both leads spend far too much time in their heads with personal introspections about their failed relationship while both were stationed at Quantico. These shifting though processes were particularly annoying during investigative or action scenes. Nor could I warm up to Monica's consistently icy demeanour, despite her horrific past that has left her wary of men. As for their romance, the pair's numerous steamy love scenes simply suggested they were giving in to lust rather than love.

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