Friday, February 27, 2015

Barb's Book Review... Bridged

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After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.
But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…
In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.
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First off let me thank NetGalley, Montlake Romance and Kendra Elliot for providing me with an ARC of Bridge in exchange for an honest review. Bridged is the second book in the Mason Callahan series and … GAH!! I loved it... yeah like I ever doubted I wouldn’t!! Kendra fuels my love of serial killers in her books and I do truly love every word of them. Honestly her books are some of my favorites. I tell anyone that will listen to read them. (cheeky grin) This is an intense read. The human mind is such a fickle thing. My only problem now is… I have to wait for the next.. I hate waiting. LOL

**small spoiler alert**

Mason and Ava are back in the next installment of the Mason Callahan Series. A wake up call in the wee hours of the morning takes Mason and Ray to one of the Portland bridges. There is a body that was hung from the railing. Wrists slit, hands bound but according to Seth Rutledge (the chief medical examiner) he was dead before he was hung. As they look around its Ray who finally takes a good look at the man on the ground and recognizes him. Carson Scott. A congressman. Talk about a shock. Why was the congressman killed? Who did it? Was it political? Random? It was going to be a long day as they jump in and start meeting with people to deal with Carson Scott. His personal assistant comes in and talks to Ray and Mason and is adamant that Carson wasn’t dating anyone and has no idea why this could have happened. When the FBI is called in Mason and Ava are paired in the case along with the rest of their teams in order to find out who this killer is.

When Mason and Ava arrive home -to his house- its late after a long day of working and walk into a freezing house. Mason searches the house and sees the windows in the back door are broken out, there is a shelf in front of the doggy door and the dog -bingo- was locked in the back yard. As they search the house they find the big screen TV in Mason’s bedroom is gone along with the necklace Ava’s mother left her. Now what in the hell is going on? Bad enough Ava has no idea where her sister is? She hasn’t been to work in days and no one has any idea how to get a hold of her. They go about the rules and call the cops in. And settle in for another long night.

Twenty four hours later they received a call there is another body hanging from a bridge. The body is not anyone they have seen. He however does have a tatt on his calf. A dragon tatt, someone would know that tatt right? They put it out on the air and within hours they received a call. The man was Aaron King. An auto mechanic. After Ava and Xander talk to the dead man’s room mate and ex-wife Ava sets off to see if she can locate her sister Jane. But fails to. The apartment manager tells her she has been gone for a month. She just skipped out on the place. So she is back to square one. It threw a damper on her day but she had murders to deal with. That had to be her focus for now. As they meet with the BAU officer they set out a plan of action for what they need to do about the killer.

Again, the morning starts with them on a bridge. The third victim, a large man hung from The Bridge of the Gods… hopefully that's not a sign the killer has a God complex. Later they find out the identity of the third victim. Joe Upton, a lumber yard worker from Grandview, Washington. He was discovered to be missing by his boss when he didn’t show up for work. There was a lot of blood at his home. Why would the killer have left all of that blood in his house? It was an unexpected finding. Would they find the other two victims crime scenes? As the ordeal with the victims increases Ava and Mason try to focus on themselves for a bit. Mason wants her to move in permanently with him. He loves her, she loves him, but Ava isn’t sure if she wants to sell her condo. But then Mason has a moment of clarity… or whatever you want to call it. They could find a house of their won, this one meant nothing to him he just wanted her in his bed every night.

So, a plan of action in their personal lives is a good thing. But their good times are pushed back as they discover a connection between the three men. But then Ava gets a call from Jane.. one saying she is scared and of course she is upset. Saying her so called boyfriend was in trouble. He didn’t want to be the next one killed on a bridge. Her mind and his were crazy. Ava still searched for her but Ava wasn’t letting her craziness get to her. The strain of Ava looking for Jane is getting to Mason because she was keeping the searching for Jane from him.

When a lead comes in via Michael Brody Ava goes to investigate it. She does find Jane… and along with Jane she finds Derek, the druggy bad-ass Jane is with. Derek seeing Ava and knowing that she was an FBI agent pulls a knife on Jane. But then a stranger comes in the store and when Derek sees him he flees. Jane followed him out of the store. The crazy man that was there was after Derek but when he saw Ava something snapped in his mind. he knocked her out and kidnapped her out of the store. When Ava wakes up she is in a smelly room, covered in carpet and duct tape. As she took in her surroundings she scoots up against the wall and makes a plan. Her arms are bound but her legs and teeth would work just fine. There was a knock on the door… a knock? really? As she called out for them to come in a man came in not meeting her gaze, then he went out and brought Derek in. He told Derek it was time for him to pay now. And Ava was stuck there.. she would be made to watch what happened all because this crazy ass man thought she was a girl named Colleen that had been killed many years ago.

Seems Derek was always an asshole and instigated an attack on this girl one summer at camp. Raping her violently. A rock had been stuffed in her mouth, they had cut her wrists, but since her heart was no longer beating. Then they set her on fire which of course that didn’t work to get rid of the body. They cut her hair off.. making it so she would be hard to recognize. Then Derek had the bright idea to hang her from the bridge in the woods. Then as they watched the girls body swing from the bridge they make a blood pact to keep silent. As the voice in his head competes with Ava’s the craaaaazy gets a new plan. He thinks Ava -cause he thinks she is Colleen- wants him to do it a new way, again, cause he is crazy. He takes Derek and Ava with him to a bridge. He is going to hang Derek and then set him on fire.. alive. (shudders)

Thanks to some quick thinking on Ava’s part and the fact that the cops show up his plan is foiled but that doesn't mean he is going down without a fight. Snarky bastard is crazier than an ant hill on crack. As Mason and the others surround him he gets antsy. He has Mason on the road talking to him and Ava, up close and personal talking to him. Both of them again compete with the voice in his head. He decides to retreat. Shoving Ava back in the van, leaving Derek on the road and hauls ass. The swat team shoots out the vans tire and …. yep they go off the bridge into the water. Mason goes in after Ava and its a fight to get her away from Troy. He is determined that they need to die together.. but Mason isn’t letting the woman he loves go…

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