Title: Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior #2)
Author: L.A. Witt, Cari Z
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2017
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.
For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.
Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one. The first book in the series had been on my wishlist but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Reading the excerpt persuaded me to buy it. It had snappy dialogue, lousy coworkers and tough but fair boss. Sold!
I quickly became engrossed in the story. Darren and Andreas are facing heavy challenges on both personal and professional front. About the only thing they have is each other and that could be heavy burden to bear. I almost got the whiplash as the book switched from slightly victorious feel to helplessness in face of mounting challenges.
The case they are on, which starts as cold one, quickly morphs into race to keep people alive. The suspect is identified early on but now detectives have to tackle on building the case. I was scrabbling to keep up as leads piled up and suspense intensified. Details are meticulously stacked on, revealing horrifying truth. I got bug-eyed as villain was revealed. I was totally, completely creeped out (had to pick one of my comfort reads after, because that was really scary).
The animosity from other cops and politicking from others added the right amount of righteous indignation. I was invested in the story.
The story doesn’t focus just on their job. It has a surprising depth and deals with some real life issues. The balance between two parts is good and pacing keeps the reader interested.
But. The age difference and medical condition dampened my interest in romance part. That is, however, purely my preference and otherwise this is a great book.