I had read the first 2 books in the Ash trilogy and was REALLY into finding out who the killer was. The romances and sex and plot in the first 2 were great. I even loved Law and thought Nia was a fabulous character. A strong female who cared about her cousin and came back to Ash to find out who abducted,tortured,raped,etc... you get the picture of what was done to her cousin. Up until the middle of "If you know her" I was ready to give it a 5 star... So why in the world am I giving this book a 1 star?
SPOILERS AHEAD...do not read further if you havent read this book.
At the half way point in the book Law,Ezra and Nia have used some old maps to find long forgotten basements of houses that were torn down years ago. They find the last one and Law goes down with a camera phone and a flash light. He finds the killer's torture cell. It is of course awful and bloody, we know from previous books that there are shackles. He finds a bloody saw that the killer has been using to cut up the women. Law takes pictures.He tells Nia he wishes he hadn't seen the place because now it's in his head forever. They go to her cabin and it's been destroyed,ripped to shreds.Then they go to Law's house and he tells her she does not want to see these photos. He deletes the photos after emailing them to Remy. Okay, Law leaves his cell phone on the counter and takes a shower. Of course Nia HAS to see the photos so she opens the email and looks.IT SO BAD SHE IS ALMOST CATATONIC when Law finds her so............they discuss how to get these awful images out of their heads. It's so bad neither can sleep or close their eyes without seeing the images.
NOW comes the reason I gave the book a 1 star. Her niece was held in that basement, beaten, brutalized, raped, sodomized, tortured and choked to death.
(Nia and Law know this from the autopsy) and to sooth the awful images they have wild crazy sex,they even have a few words exchanged about submissivness and bondage and he would like to see her in black leather... WTF ??????????
I read alot of erotica and have no hang ups about sex but this was by far the most unlikely and badly placed moment in the history of books for an author to slip a little sex in. What person in the world would see what they seen and go straight to "Oh I'm so hot for you baby, I want to see you in black leather !!" instead of finding the nearest place to loose their lunch, unless they were as messed up as the killer in this book.
This one scene screwed up the whole book to the point that I have to rank it 1 star.!!