Perilous Obsession is a slightly different novel than I normally expect from Carsen Taite. Most of Taite’s stories are mystery and intrigue with romance. This book does fit into that category, but the characters and their occupations are different. Instead of lawyers butting heads and melting hearts in a courtroom setting, we have a police officer and a journalist eventually joining forces to track down a serial killer.
Beck Ramsey is watching her career going down the drain after she witnessed her partner kill an unarmed man during a traffic stop. Compelled to testify truthfully to what she saw, she is now shunned by her fellow officers. Even as she is promoted to detective, she is shunted off to the career-ending cold case division where she spends her days adding files to a computer. Journalist Macy Moran wants an exclusive with Beck, and works to get her side of the story. What she spends most of her time on though, is trying to find the person who killed her best friend and several other women years ago. When the killings begin again, who better to help her than the new detective in the cold case division?
This story has a really good premise. I liked the idea of a police officer in trouble because she refuses to lower her standards. I connected with Beck fairly quickly and understood the almost impossible position she found herself in. Having a journalist searching for her best friend’s murderer is intriguing as well. I did have some trouble seeing the chemistry between these two. I was pretty deep into the story before I finally saw any connection.
I have to say that I did pick out the killer early in the book. There were a couple of red herrings along the way, but in the end, I had chosen correctly. I sort of felt like this novel was a bit rushed. There were several places in the plot that could have been expanded on to increase the conflict, especially with the killer, any help the killer may have had, and their motives. There could have been a bit more done with the romance as well.
I did enjoy this book, and even with the glitches mentioned above, I can recommend it to mystery lovers. I’m giving this book a 3.5 star rating and moving it up to 4 stars for the overall enjoyment.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.