Marred by Sue Coletta #RBRT
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Sage and Niko Quintano move from Boston to a small town in New Hampshire in an attempt to start over following a brutal attack on Sage three years ago. The attack resulted in a miscarriage for Sage, physical scars, and a ton of emotional damage. Her husband, Niko, who is the sheriff, sustained a bullet to the shoulder but is also suffering from the emotional after-effects of that night.
Unfortunately, trouble follows them to New Hampshire, and it is Niko’s job to keep Sage, and the town, safe from a sadistic killer.
Coletta writes a fast-paced mystery with a host of unique characters. I like Sage; you get a true sense of what she went through at the hands of a madman, although there were times I threw my hands in the air and shouted at her to seek help from her law enforcement husband! Frankie is the deputy sheriff, and I loved her spark, she is a fun character and one I’d like to see evolved more in future novels. The addition of four-legged characters in the book also adds a certain homely charm.
You will be kept guessing until the end. Coletta excels at adding plenty of twists and turns to ensure you can’t put the book down. It picks up the pace the more you read until you arrive at an explosive conclusion.
A thoroughly enjoyable thriller.
When a serial killer breaks into the Boston home of bestselling author, Sage Quintano, she barely escapes with her life. Her husband, Niko, a homicide detective, insists they move to rural New Hampshire, where he accepts a position as Grafton County Sheriff. Sage buries secrets from that night, secrets she swears to take to her deathbed. Three years of anguish and painful memories pass, and a grisly murder case lands on Niko’s desk. A strange caller torments Sage–she can’t outrun the past. When Sage’s twin sister suddenly goes missing, Sage searches Niko’s case files and discovers similarities to the Boston killer. A sadistic psychopath is preying on innocent women, marring their bodies in unspeakable ways. And now, he has her sister. Cryptic clues. Hidden messages. Is the killer hinting at his identity? Or is he trying to lure Sage into a deadly trap to end his reign of terror with a matching set of corpses?
About the Author:
Sue Coletta is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, she is always looking for new ways to commit murder…on the page, or so she says. A four-thousand-word excerpt of Marred, her psychological thriller, scored first placement in Murder, USA, an upcoming anthology.
She runs a popular crime website and blog, where she shares crime tips, police jargon, and anything and everything in between. If you search her achieves, you’ll find posts from guests that work in law enforcement, forensics, coroner, undercover operatives, firearm experts — crime, crime, and more crime. If you’re a writer with murder in your plot, pick up a free copy of 60 Ways To Murder Your Fictional Characters.