Book Review #130: Seconds to Live

Author: Melinda Leigh

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: Scarlet Falls Novels, Book 2

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Date of publication: 28 June 2016

No. Of pages: 346


Everyone has a past to run from. Wildlife biologist Mac Barrett is no different to the norm. He returns from Brazil with a physical scare and a secret in heart and ends up in a car accident where he almost runs over the naked body of a woman lying on the road.

Police detective Stella Dane knows there is trouble brewing in Scarlet Falls when drug addicts from an anonymous society are disappearing and showing up dead hours later. No one is ready to place their faith on her instinct that a psychotic serial killer is working its way through their town.

Now, Mac and Stella have to work together to find answers before the deadly game becomes personal.


Fabulous book!! The characters are excellent and compliment well with the well-thoughout plot. Being a second novel in the series, you can see the bond between the characters. But despite being a sequel, the book manages to stand apart on its individual strength of a brilliant story, well choreographed thrilling moments and a balanced climax. The ease of narrative style definitely contributed in making this an interesting read.

While the title justifies the main plot, I really couldn’t like the cover image that has been employed here. It lacks the imagination and darkness that is often associated with a thriller.

My opinion: Fabulous book that I will definitely recomm to all thriller fans.

My rating: 4 out of 5


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