Review: Killing Bliss by EC Sheedy

Thursday, October 24

Title:  Killing Bliss*
Author: EC Sheedy
Series: N/S
Genre: Crime romance
Publisher: Zebra books
Format: eBook
Date/Year: June 2013
Reviewed by: Susannah

*This book was provided to reviewer by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

One night. Two bullets. Three runaways.

Addy Michaels, living her careful life on a forgotten back road, thinks she's safe--that the past and its corpses are long buried. Surely after fifteen years the cops have quit looking for the street kids believed to have kidnapped a baby and killed their prostitute foster mother-, Belle Bliss.

Addy couldn't be more wrong.

A cold case.

Hot again, when the missing child's grandmother hires renowned profiler Cade Harding to find her grandson. Cade tracks Addy to her safe haven in a remote area of Washington state. Their attraction to each other is immediate, dangerous, and badly timed because...

Cade isn't alone.

A twisted killer

Faceless and unknowable, a murderer follows in Cade's footsteps--on the hunt for anyone who can tell the truth about killing Bliss.

All roads lead to Addy.

My Musings:

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed KILLING BLISS by EC Sheedy. I'm not normally a huge fan of crime fiction but from the very start there was something comfortingly familiar about the author's style of writing. Ms. Sheedy very much put me in mind of Stephen King, not only in the style but also in characters and story.  KILLING BLISS never dragged.  Every turn of the page had a new snippet of information about the death of foster mother Belle and the disappearance of a baby in her care.

You follow Cade Harding; ex police, ex professor, ex profiler (and potential hermit if he had his way). Cade is brooding over the death of his wife a few years previously and is softly blackmailed into searching for the missing boy by a family friend. It took me a while to warm to him but once he came out of his 'mourning' I found him very likeable.

His journey to the truth brings him face to face with Addy, one of the missing foster children accused of being involved in the death of Belle. Addy is a grown up version of the stereotypical street kid, rough round the edges but with a soft center.  As Cade solves the mystery he and Addy become closer all the while dealing with the multitude of characters also involved in the long ago crime.

Ms. Sheedy's ability to keep you wondering, mind changing on who the killer really is, was amazing. And when you finally do realize, the author keeps you on the edge of your seat watching the killer unravel. I actually sighed my relief when I turned the last page of the book and my adrenaline was through the roof!


Overall:  3 stars  (KILLING BLISS could easily have reached the same conclusion without the Cade/Addy romance. There were several times when it felt a little contrived and unnecessary.)

Sensuality level:  2
(There are very few love scenes and I found them a little unbelievable. Addy is supposed to be almost virginal but for a couple of terrible attempts at lovemaking, however after her first time with Cade she suddenly gains the confidence to strip naked and climb into bed with him. This is a girl who has major issues with self confidence throughout the novel.)

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