Review: Pretty Little Killers (The Keepers #1) by Rita Herron - .Red Wine & Books

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: Pretty Little Killers (The Keepers #1) by Rita Herron


Print Length: 331 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 20, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: Still haunted by his wife’s murder—and stained by the blood of avenging it—FBI special agent Hatcher McGee can’t believe he’s being teamed up with rookie agent Korine Davenport. She is his most guilty secret—the one-night stand who almost cost him everything.

Korine has her own demons. As a child, she witnessed her father’s murder, and she’s spent her life waiting for the killer’s return. She and Hatcher are both looking for closure, but the disturbing case that draws them together could be their last.

When the mutilated body of a corrupt Savannah judge surfaces, Hatcher and Korine find themselves on the trail of a vigilante who is showing no mercy. Not for the predators who’ve gone free. And not for anyone who gets in the way.

As the body count rises, and as Hatcher’s and Korine’s own pasts unfold, they must risk their lives tracking a killer they’ve come to understand all too well. After all, the ends justify the means.


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

For the first novel in a new series, this one made heavy mention to events that happened in the past. Hatcher has lost his wife to a serial killer. Another woman was taken hostage and his former partner seriously injured (although it doesn't exactly state how this happened). Being that as I said, this was the first in a new series, it was confusing that the author would choose to do it this way instead of giving us a prologue chronicling the events as it happened or making this book number two. 

Another thing that I feel didn't need to be mentioned as often as it was was the chemistry and lust between Korine and Hatcher. I get it. They slept together in the past and would like to repeat the experience. But when its brought up nearly every time they are within spitting distance of the other? It makes for a repetitive troupe that I could just as easily have done without. My only assumption is that it was done so that this novel could be labeled a "romance" instead of a police procedural or a thriller? 

As for the story, there was just so much going on. Aside from the constant flashbacks, or mentions of stuff that happened before this book even took place, you have Hatcher and his guilt over his partner's injury and his wife's death, you have Korine's obsessiveness over finding her father's killer, a not-so-healthy dose of family drama, and oh yeah you have a vigilante killer as well. Not only was it all over the place, but when the killer was finally revealed? It was so implausible that I was left shaking my head. 

How was it implausible you ask? Well to begin with our fearless main characters somehow manage to LITERALLY DODGE BULLETS several times as they are being shot at. Oh, and apparently the FBI doesn't do background checks on people as well as they should have. I'm just saying.  

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                          Pretty Little Killers is available from Amazon.com

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