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by Lisa Jackson
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Kensington, 2006 (2006)
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* * *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

Newly divorced Abby Chastain isn't on friendly terms with her ex husband, but that doesn't mean she rejoices when he's found murdered in what looks to be a ritualistic killing. His body is discovered along with a second corpse, that of a young woman who is as different from the late Luke Gierman as can be. Detective Reuben Montoya is brought on the case, and as the murders escalate, he finds himself growing closer to Abby. The attraction between them can't be denied, but it threatens to interfere with the investigation as Montoya struggles to find the elusive perpetrator of these brutal crimes.

As the killer grows bolder, Abby and Montoya begin to realize that there is one connection between the victims: the decaying, abandoned Our Lady of Virtues asylum, where Abby's mother committed suicide twenty years earlier. But how does a decades-old death tie in to the gruesome killings? And why does Montoya fear Abby may be the killer's ultimate prize?

Prior-to-Katrina New Orleans is described in loving detail in Jackson's breathtaking thriller, and the strong sense of setting is just one of the many outstanding aspects of this spine-tingling novel. With a dark, almost gothic feel, Shiver captivates from the first page and keeps readers enthralled as the stakes are methodically raised chapter by chapter. Escalating tension and terrifying suspense have made Jackson a bestselling author, and she uses these trademark elements to her advantage in her newest release.

A believable touch of romance adds depth to the story, and allows readers to get to know the major players away from the stressful scenes of the many crimes being committed around them. As in previous novels, Jackson keeps readers guessing as to the identity of the killer until the very end, when all is revealed in a deftly described, hair-raising showdown. Fans of romantic suspense will devour this non-stop thrill ride of a novel and will be eagerly anticipating Jackson's next offering.

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