Fear Killer – David Burton

Told from a unique perspective, Fear Killer is a book that draws you in. After the first 50 pages, you find yourself reading late into the night to find out what happens. It is the essence of a page-turner.

Fear Killer is the story of Emily Perrit, a beautiful but timid young woman victimized by an abusive, adulterous husband. When Emily is attacked by an intruder in her home, she surprises herself by fighting off and finally killing the man. Recognizing the fear in his dying eyes tips her over the edge. She has never made anybody afraid before and is no longer willing to be a victim. Emily’s need to see that fear again soon becomes an obsession, with deadly consequences for a few unlucky men who come in contact with her.

Detective Martha Newton of the Ft. Collins, Colorado Police, who befriends Emily after the first attack, is assigned to investigate a series of brutal murders that eventually lead back to Emily. Martha, 50, overweight, sometimes overbearing, and still missing her husband, dead 10 years, must deal with a new man in her life, the troubled love lives of officers under her, a black-widow killer waiting in the wings, and her reluctance to suspect an obviously troubled Emily of several brutal murders.

The characters within this book are well written and relatable which, helps you invest in their journey. There are several supporting characters but, not so many you lose track of what you are reading. Each character has a back story that you unravel which makes the read more enthralling.

Within this book, there are several mysteries and crimes that need to reach their conclusion. There are some that might say that the violence and sexual encounters are too graphic. I would not agree, although graphic they are essential to the storyline. If you are a fan of crime, thrillers this is a must read for you.


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