Book 7 of the Prey series grabbed me right from the beginning and pulled me in. I finished it in one day, even though it was 300 something pages.
The killer, John is the youngest killer Lucas has dealt with so far. He’s about 25, and met his psychiatrist when he was in prison for arson. He became obsessed with her for a while, but eventually forgot about her. Something triggered his memory of her, and ten years after meeting her, he kidnaps her and her 2 daughters. Pretty quickly into the kidnapping, the youngest daughter is taken out and killed. It’s definitely disturbing. The hard part was seeing the woman he kidnapped slowly breakdown over constant assaults and fear for her children.
This killer is smart, and messes with Lucas throughout the investigation. There are two times where they almost catch him or his friend, but they slip through the cracks before Lucas realizes who they are. There are a few reveals at the end – such as who’s “helping” him throughout the kidnapping that I didn’t see coming. Like I said – it’s a page turner. Lucas also has an engagement ring in his pocket for Weather the whole time. Everyone he works with asks him when he’s going to ask her, but he can’t figure out when to do it. She’s a surgeon, so she’s in bed early, and he’s a night owl. He’s faithful to Weather again in this book, and it’s refreshing to see a different side of Lucas. He actually does love her and doesn’t want to cheat on her.