"Lockets mean love ... even to a serial killer."
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted August 29, 2017
Thriller Serial Killer | Romance Suspense
When Jaci Patterson was 16 she started receiving lockets,
bloody lockets with hair and ribbon inside, but no one
wanted to believe they meant anything more than a teen
seeking attention. Now bodies have appeared from the flooded
Mississippi and it just might be that the teen was telling
the truth. Jaci will no longer be able to PRETEND YOU YOU'RE
SAFE as the nightmare begins again.
Rylan Cooper was one of the non-believers, thinking Jaci
just wanted attention but now with another locket having
arrived on her doorstep, he knows she is in danger. He and
his partner are in security and know how to protect and he
plans to do just that whether the prickly woman wants his
help or not.
Where do I begin? PRETEND YOU'RE SAFE is a fast paced,
deeply moving and sneakily written suspense/romance by
author Alexandra Ivy. I, of course, mean that "sneakily" in
the nicest of ways, as there are an amazing amount of little
twists, turns and downright surprises that throw the reader
into a new spin. It is not often that I do not guess the bad
guy in a mystery, but in this one, he was a complete and
Jaci had been handed a less than perfect life (having been
given to her grandparents so her mother could marry a rich
man just might make for a bad beginning) but she has managed
to make a very good one, despite the stalker. Now it has all
started again but this time with bodies being found from the
floods and the truth finally starts coming out. I found the
renewal of the acquaintance between Rylan and Jaci to be
paced just right. Their past history might have caused a
slight block in the path of true love but being in danger
has a way of knocking out all obstacles. Rylan was quick to
admit that he should have taken her fears seriously back in
the day and works to solve the mystery of the lockets and
losing his heart in the process. But can he solve the
mystery and keep his new love safe?
If you want a mystery that will have you guessing, a romance
that is sweet and steamy for a couple that is strong enough
for each other and with each other despite the twists of the
world around them ... then PRETEND YOU'RE SAFE is the
perfect read for you.
HE SEES YOU
First came the floods. Then came the bodies. The
victims—strangled, then buried along the shores of the
Mississippi—have finally been unearthed, years after they
disappeared. He remembers every satisfying kill . . . each
woman’s terror and agony. But there’s only one he truly
wanted. And fate has brought her within reach again . . .
HE KNOWS YOU
Jaci Patterson was sixteen when she found the first golden
locket on her porch. Inside were a few strands of hair
wrapped around a scrap of bloodstained ribbon. Though the
“gifts” kept arriving, no one believed her hunch that a
serial killer was at work. Now Jaci has returned home . . .
and the nightmare is starting once more.
AND HE’LL NEVER LET YOU GO
Back then, Rylan Cooper was an arrogant deputy sheriff
convinced that Jaci was just an attention—seeking teen. It
was a fatal mistake. There’s a murderer in their midst,
someone determined to settle old scores and keep playing a
twisted game. And it won’t end until Jaci is his forever . . .
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1 comment posted.
Re: Lockets mean love ... even to a serial killer.
Wowsers! Quite the review! Thanks!
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:35pm September 4)
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