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The Fifth Victim
Beverly Barton
Zebra
ISBN: 0821772155
April 2003
Romantic Suspense

This summer Iíve read several books that fall into the romantic suspense category. THE FIFTH VICTIM is by far the best Iíve read this season. As I read I found myself being drawn into not only the lives of the characters, but the emotional state of the town as a serial killer lurks in their midst.

Genny Madoc is of Cherokee descent, and has inherited from her grandmother the gift of sight. As the killings continue, will she be able to use her sight to catch a killer, or will she become a victim herself?

Dallas Sloan is a special agent with the F.B.I. and he has a very special interest in capturing the killer who is sacrificing woman throughout the country. His young niece, Brooke was one of the killerís victims. Heís made it a personal goal to do all he can to find and stop this man, with or without the F.B.I.ís blessings.

His quest to find and stop the killer takes him to Cherokee Pointe, Tennessee and straight to Genny. He has a very prejudicial view of what he considers to be psychic, and doesnít believe in Genny at all. However, as time passes he comes to understand that Genny is not ordinary, and as he opens his heart to loving her, he comes to believe in her unusual gifts.

In THE FIFTH VICTIM Ms. Barton has done an excellent job in my opinion of mixing the suspense with the romance. I felt the chemistry between Dallas and Genny from the beginning, and enjoyed watching their relationship bloom. This is the first book in a new trilogy being written by Beverly Barton, and I look forward to reading more about these characters in the next two books, especially if she can continue to maintain the quality of writing along with the superb blending of romance and suspense.

Sandi Shilhanek, July 2003

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