Critical Instinct by Janie Crouch
Posted by brriske
Paige Jeffries’ is the darling of the art world. Her works are original, compelling. But after a brutal attack two years ago —a savage beating from an unknown assailant—Paige has become all but a recluse. She knows her mind is broken. In her sleep she’s drawing scenes of violence. Murders. Going to the cops isn’t an option because they already think she’s crazy. And they may be right.
Seasoned homicide detective Brett Wagner is asked to look into a cold case nobody wants: the assault and battery of a local artist who claims to have drawn a picture of her own attack before it even happened. He remembers shy Paige from high school, and is driven to find her attacker, to believe her when nobody else does, to protect the innocent beauty.
Because when he witnesses firsthand what Paige is drawing in her sleep, Brett realizes they are scenes from actual cases. Cases that had no connection until now. Portland has a secret serial killer, and Paige is somehow linked to his mind.
And he’s coming for her.
A great little suspense novel with some paranormal aspects. Good premise, wonderful steamy sex scenes and realistic portrayals of emotion make it an entertaining read. Not exactly a nail biter, but definitely kept me turning pages!
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give it an easy four and a half hearts! It didn’t have quite enough bite to grab that last half a heart but I’ll be reading more of this author for sure!!