"The Player's deadly game of cat and mouse is even more dangerous with much higher stakes."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted December 22, 2013
Deputy Chief of Police Jess Harris has really been through
it. With serial killer Eric Spears, also known as The
Player, so close that he actually touched her still on her
trail, she continues to watch the body count rise in his
latest addition to the horrid and terrifying little game
he's playing with her. For some reason, Spears has latched
onto Jess in a very disturbing manner and everything he
does; he does for her.
Even though this latest threat from Spears has made it
necessary to move in with Chief of Police Dan Burnett, the
love of her life; she hasn't had a lot of time to truly
enjoy their time together. It seems that there's another
rash of horrific murders being committed and Jess must find
the culprit before more bodies pile up around her. On top of
that, Dan is being locked into a carefully constructed frame
regarding the disappearance of a police officer.
While all of this is going on around her, things are much
more involved for Jess this time. She's harboring a secret
that will change the course of her life in a very dramatic
fashion; that is if she can manage to elude the crafty
Spears who seems to always be several steps ahead of her. If
she doesn't stop him pretty soon, she may not come out of
his twisted game alive.
Debra Webb has fast become one of my favorite writers. The
Faces of Evil series featuring Jess Harris and Dan
is fast paced, nerve jangling and nail biting. VICIOUS is no
different in that regard. It dives right in on the first
page and a cold beckoning hand pulls you into the latest of
events of this ongoing saga.
Giving up a little along, there are several secrets that
come to light in VICIOUS. These only add to the anticipation
of where the clues lead. Now I'm really dying to know who
Eric Spears actually is and why he's so obsessed with Jess.
He's certainly not your run of the mill serial killer. What
is it about Spears' particular type of evil that draws in
others to help him play his terrifying little game? The
police know a lot about him but he's still just as elusive
and arrogant as ever.
While VICIOUS is the seventh book in the Faces of Evi
can be easily read as a stand-alone novel. Obviously,
though, readers will want to start at the beginning and
drink in the excitement from each book much like a thirsty
man in the desert craves water.
Learn more about Vicious
Serial killer Eric Spears is far from done. He has chosen
his next victim and Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows it's only
a matter of time until he comes for her.
The murders are vicious, the killer relentless. Has
Birmingham's major crimes team run into its most baffling
and deadly case yet?
Don't miss the next thrilling installment of the Faces of
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1 comment posted.
Re: The Player's deadly game of cat and mouse is even more dangerous with much higher stakes.
I have loved this series since the first book Obsession. I
agree that the series is addictive. Certainly, Vicious is a
stand-alone book but once you read Vicious, I guarantee that
you will go back and read the earlier books. Save yourself
some time and get them all now! I have read Debra Webb's
books for years, and I think this series is her best work to
(Marijane Diodati 4:35pm December 23, 2013)
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