Book Review Rose Red Reaper

May 12, 2013 at 12:53 am 1 comment

The-Rose-Red-Reaper-ebookTitle: The Rose Red Reaper

Author: Kristi Loucks

Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller



Lt. Commander Mason Cole never intended to follow his brother into law enforcement, but the murder of a loved one gave him the motivation needed to take a position as the head of Chicago’s Serial Crimes Unit. Along with his brother, Detective Devon Cole, former FBI Profiler and Technical Analyst Melinda Kade and Detective Piper Torello, Mason is tasked with finding some of the cities most prolific serial killers.

As a former Navy SEAL, Mason has seen some of the worst the world has to offer, but nothing could have prepared him for his initiation into the world of a serial killer.

Their first case came with a gruesome introduction from a man who has given himself his own press ready moniker. Known for his macabre signature and the white rose he leaves at the scene with a calling card signed in blood,


Mason and his team will pursue the killer through the vast streets of Chicago, across the affluent suburbs of the North Shore following cryptic clues left at each crime scene and pointing them to a web of violence dating back to The Reaper’s own childhood.

Complications begin to arise when The Reaper makes a connection to the woman that Mason loves. Dakota Rose Shelton. The stunning, raven-haired beauty that has carefully salvaged Mason’s broken heart may also be the key to ending The Reaper’s bloody reign. Left blind by a childhood illness, she must help them to assemble the pieces of the Reaper’s past with no visual memories to aid her.

Can Dakota help the team put the pieces together before The Reaper targets one of there own? And will she be able to fight off a killer that she cannot see?

The Rose Red Reaper is a thrilling, suspenseful story about a serial killer targeting young women and men, leaving bloodied roses and cryptic messages.  Mason is stuck in the middle of it all. His ex-girlfriend Jill was murdered by the killer and probably his first target, although he portrayed too much skill for a first-timer. He’s determined to catch the killer, no matter what it takes. When the killer resurfaces after a year, Mason is afraid his new-found happiness may inspire the killer to target his new girlfriend, Dakota.

The killer is ruthless, and very much reminded me of the demented individuals in Criminal Minds. He actually scared me, because he had an eye for detail and was really professional in his killings, like a cold, detached individual. Mason was an interesting main character, a tragic kind of hero, tormented by the past and desperate for a brighter future.

I also liked Dakota. She was a great match for Mason, very different from his own personality. She was a lovely person, and everyone else liked her as well. The team got along nicely, and that was great; I usually see a lot of tension between members of police teams, and it was refreshing to see them getting along.

The writing was great, the pacing was excellent. The story was amazing as well, and I enjoyed it from start to end.



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  • 1. Kristi Loucks (@LoucksKE)  |  May 12, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks again for hosting a stop and for reading and reviewing The Rose Red Reaper! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m working on wrapping up the follow up now.


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