Dead Ringer~Sharon Dunn

Facts about the Mountain Springs Serial Killer:

* He targets women with long dark hair and blue eyes.

* He finds his victims through an online dating service.

* He’s about to strike again.

When a distress call sends Detective Eli Hawkins to Lucy Kimbol, he senses danger straightaway. With her long dark hair and beautiful blue eyes, Lucy’s a dead ringer for the local killer’s other victims. And she is a member of the online dating service the killer frequents. But with her painful past, Lucy is reluctant to believe Eli’s warnings. Winning her trust is the only way to keep her safe…if Eli is not already too late.

Fly fishing instructor, Lucy Kimbol is the kind of girl who has had to be tough, so it doesn’t come easy for her to lean on the strength Detective Eli Hawkins offers, especially when he seems to arrogantly force his way into her life. Little does she know that he’s trying to protect her from a serial killer. Can Lucy move past her distrust of the local law enforcement and allow Eli into her heart?

 The story is set with beautiful Washington as the backdrop. A fly fishing instructor as the heroine is a first for me, but it totally works. There were a few occasions  where I had to suspend belief. If I told you, then I’d have to. . . well, I don’t want to give any of the turning points away.

What I did like was the fact that the heroine was a ‘flawed’ Christian. What I mean by that is she had faith in God but she wasn’t all put together in a perfect little package. It is when she realizes that she’s harboring unforgiveness that she is able to open her heart to the possibilities of trust and ultimately love.

All in all, Dead Ringer was a good read, very suspenseful.  I was immediately drawn into the story and couldn’t put it down.  Although I wasn’t surprised at the revelation of the villain’s identity, I had been left wondering from the beginning who, from the list of possible suspects, was the real killer.

Recommend: Yes

Sitting: 1

Hours: 2 1/2

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