If you have a weak stomach, this book is probably not for you. It opens up on a very descriptive scene of a woman that is being held hostage and tortured.
Cruel Justice is about Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins investigating the murder of a woman they found headless. Lorne has a lot on her plate at home with her unsatisfied stay-at-home husband and preteen daughter. Plus she just got this promotion, causing her to work longer hours. Then the bodies keep piling up.
Lorne has to balance her personal and work life while trying to stay one step ahead of a serial killer who keeps sending her random body parts in the mail. He seems to have a personal vendetta against her, or a personal liking for her. Either one is terrifying.
I did like this book. It reminded me a lot of my favorite romantic suspense author, Karen Rose. But while everyone in her books seems to get their romantic lives straightened out while solving crimes, Lorne’s seems to be falling apart. Not to mention her new police chief is her ex-boyfriend.
As is the problem with a lot of these free books, this is the first in a series of books about the character. However, the author failed to make the reader actually care about the characters enough to want to read on, in my opinion. I will not be continuing the series.