On the Brink of Broken

Original publish date: 22 October 2014

Kaitlyn and her IFICS crew are back in another crime fighting adventure aided by cyber enhancements in Julia Crane’s third installment of the IFICS series, entitled Fatal Abduction.  (To read my reviews of the first two books, Freak of Nature and Fractured Innocence, click on each title).

 A man takes an overly keen interest in slender, young, brunette women as he is hung up on a woman from his past, Monique, who had died. Coupled with some mommy issues and an obsessive compuslive personality, the Dollhouse Killer leaves the local authorities and the FBI stymied as to who is killing these young women and staging their dead bodies with immaculately decorated doll houses.

 Meanwhile, Kaitlyn and the IFICS boys are trying to figure out who the mole in their organization is who sold them out to Dasovik and endangered the lives of their operatives while ruining their chances of cleaning up the human trafficking going on. Once Kaitlyn hears of the Dollhouse Killer, notices her physical similarities to the victims, and Quess becomes involved through her school, Kaitlyn desperately wants to help find the Dollhouse Killer and eventually convinces Harrington to go undercover as a student at Quess’s school to exact justice…and aid the FBI in solving the case.

The murder-mystery included in this book was reminiscent of what I’ve already seen in numerous crime shows and, for the most part, fairly well done. Crane does a good job of tying in characters and events from the previous book (Fractured Innocence) into this story in a manner that isn’t horribly overt in its handling of “remember me, remember where I was, remember what happened?!?” The two story lines that converge when Kaitlyn goes to school to better lure the killer into the open work, but at times I found myself thinking that things were just  a little too convenient, which disrupted my belief in the events. I also found myself a bit confused about how old the Dollhouse Killer and Monique were supposed to be. This is a more minor aspect to continuity and character building, but it was mentioned that Monique had been dead for 20 years, yet there wasn’t too much mention of or too many clues about how old she had been when she died or how old the Dollhouse Killer was.

Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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