Sara's Review: When the Tiger Kills: A Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller: Book One by Vanessa Prelatte
Publisher: H & S Underveq
Released: August 23, 2015
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense
Length: 255 pages
Can a Serial Killer Be Stopped Before It Is Too Late? Detective Dawn Cimarron and her partner, Sergeant Rafe Melbourne, are hard at work trying to close not one, but two major cases in their hometown of Mountpelier, Colorado. In the first case, a college student has been found lying at the foot of a cliff, and his girlfriend has disappeared, the apparent victim of a kidnapping plot. And all indications point to one inevitable conclusion: a serial killer is on the loose – a clever and resourceful killer who seems to be equally obsessed with visions of an ancient goddess and young girls with long, pale blonde hair. The second case involves a young man who has been stabbed to death, his body left under a tree. At first it looks like a simple drug deal gone wrong. However, after encounters with the victim’s angry, bitter stepsister and his self-absorbed, histrionic mother, the two detectives begin to suspect that there is more to this case than meets the eye. With the help of Dawn’s husband Ty, a retired Air Force major now in charge of the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, Dawn and Rafe work to bring a murderer to justice, even as they race against the clock to find the missing girl – before her time runs out
Four (3.5) Boundless Stars
I was asked to read and review When the Tiger Kill by the Author. It is currently on Kindle Unlimited.
This story was very interesting and had a great flow. There are a lot of characters and we get many point of views. I know some people don’t like that. I think if it’s done well its fine. When the Tiger Kills is an example of multiple POV being done extremely well.
I was surprised to find that this was more than a cop drama. This story is based around a family and a wide array characters. It will be interesting to see how the author proceeds with more stories in the series.
There were a few elements that I’m not a huge fan of. Parts of the story were given in past tense. This is fine when were are book 3 in a series and are being given recap. However, there is a very important story line regarding how Dawn and Ty met and we are just given pieces in recap. I’ll be honest, I hate when I don’t have the full story and feel like I am missing vital detail on characters. I’m hoping we get more of this in future books or even a prequel.
Another thing I don’t understand is the title, I’m not sure how that fits into the story. Maybe I missed a small detail. When the Tiger Kills Part of the title.
Overall the story was solid and very exciting towards the end. It did get a bit bogged down with all the characters. However, it all made sense in the end so that’s all that matters. Vanessa is also set it up with enough introductions to her characters for a great solid base for a new promising series. I look forward to reading the next installment.