by Heather Graham
Series: New York Confidential #2
Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.
Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.
As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it"
A PERFECT OBSESSION by Heather Graham is the second novel in the New York Confidential romantic suspense series featuring forensic psychologist Kieran Finnegan and FBI Special Agent Craig Fraiser. Beautiful young women are being murdered and placed on display in underground tombs and mausoleums. From secondary characters to the murder-mystery Graham kept me listening.
A two-hundred-year-old church converted into a night club, and a young woman found dead in the catacombs have Craig worrying about the safety of Kieran and her family whose bar is located in the same local square. Call me crazy, but I love old cemeteries and hidden catacombs beneath the city. Once again, we spend time at Finnegan’s, and one of the brothers finds himself a suspect.
I enjoyed the mystery and Kieran’s sleuthing but would have liked to have been given the killer’s perspective. It would have helped me better understand his needs with these females. The premise of an old church turned into a night club with catacombs beneath the altar was intriguing and added some thriller aspects to the tale. Graham does a great job with the mystery giving us a light CSI vibe. I enjoyed Kieran’s investigating, especially when she drags a brother along.
The history Graham shares delighted me. She always manages to weave in tidbits, and I appreciate the research she does.
Craig is an exceptional agent, and his worry for Kieran was sweet. I felt sorry for him, as Kieran cannot help but investigate. Piecing together clues she often finds herself in trouble. It was nice seeing their romance develop. Kieran is driven to investigate, and her involvement in solve the case felt natural. While her tendance to withhold information has improved from the first book, she still annoyed me a few times with her shenanigans. Secondary characters from the siblings to other agents gave the story a small-town vibe in the heart of Manhattan.
Saskia Maarleveld once again narrates and provided unique voices to the characters. I found she only added to the reading experience. You will remember with the first audio, I talked about the “he said,” and “she said.” annoying me. This problem continues, and I think it stands out more as Maarleveld switches from character to her voice. It drops the pitch making it stand out, particularly with the male characters.
A PERFECT OBSESSION was an engaging murder mystery. While I enjoyed the story, it was missing that wow factor. For me, it was the lack of the killer’s perspective and clues for me to sleuth. However, I enjoyed the familiar characters and look forward to their next case.A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham - entertaining murder mystery in Manhattan. #audio Click To Tweet