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When she first lays eyes on Mya Riley’s slashed up body, Baltimore Detective Lisa Swanson is certain that the Sandman, a ruthless serial killer from her past has reemerged. Lisa dives headfirst into the case with her partner Dee, and lovesick Winston Lewis, a detective who grows more captivated with Lisa by the day.

The Sandman wreaks bloodthirsty havoc throughout the city, and this time he is determined to make Lisa his victim.

Armed with intense hatred for the Sandman and a stifling fear of who might end up dead next, Lisa struggles to solve the case by the book. But when the Sandman switches up his plan and goes after her lover Jake…Lisa ignores all the rules.

4 out of 5 lattes

Captivated, right out the gate, is a great story.

Stacy-Deanne delivers a fast-paced thriller with strong characters, intense plot, and wicked twists. I was engrossed with the story’s dialogue and the friendship between main characters, Baltimore detectives Lisa Swanson and Dee Quarter, almost as much as I enjoyed the hum of romantic and suspenseful tension that thrummed throughout the story.

Another PLUS to this story? It’s the second book in Stacy-Deanne’s Bruised series; however, I never felt lost like I needed to read the first book to understand the second. Now, with that said, I’m already on board to head to book one and then check out books three and four. Check out Stacy-Deanne’s website to learn more about them yourself!

If you’re in need of a quick, engaging thriller that will probably have you dropping your jaw at least once, look no further.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.