By Marie Force
Inauguration day is almost here…
Lieutenant Sam Holland is on leave, recovering from an attack that shook her to the core. With no case to distract her, she’s trying to stay busy—even voluntarily meeting with her new White House staff. But it’s not enough to keep the horrific memories at bay, and her family is worried…especially her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.
Nick is dealing with his own demons where his wife’s safety is concerned, losing night after night of sleep as he works to make sure what happened that day will never happen again. The pressure is building inside the Cappuanos’ marriage, and something’s got to give before Nick takes the oath of office.
When two college girls go missing in the midst of inauguration madness, the chief of police needs the one cop he can count on to find them and save the Metro PD from disgrace. In a case full of ugly twists and turns, Sam will have to confront her past and find her strength again…before it’s too late.
At the end of FATAL SCANDAL, Sam was rescued after being held captive and tortured by her fellow MPD detective, Lieutenant Stahl. In the beginning of FATAL FRENZY, she’s not coping too well and for the first time in her career, she has no desire to get back to work. Even a knife-wielding maniac loose on her streets isn’t enough motivation to go back. Nick, who’s about to be sworn in as Vice President of the United States, is very concerned for her well-being, as are her co-workers at the MPD. Sadly, it takes the death of one of her detectives to get her head back in the game. And when she takes over the case? Holy cow. It doesn’t matter where she is, what she’s wearing or who’s watching, if she sees her perp, she’ll take him down in spectacular fashion. I absolutely loved how she got her man in this book.
“What can I say? When people I love are hurt, I become a vengeful bitch.”
While FATAL FRENZY mainly revolves around Sam trying to deal with her trauma and then solving the current case, we also see her trying to juggle her two roles of Lt Holland and Mrs Cappuano, Second Lady of the United States. She finally realises just how big her role as Second Lady will be and how important it is that she do the job justice so as not to embarrass her husband. Nick has accepted the fact that the President used him for his popularity to ensure he’d be re-elected as President and is now being brushed aside because the President has no further use for him. But Nick is not one to sit idly by and vows to shake things up at the White House. He’s popular for a reason and he intends to capitalise on it and make his mark.
I love the Fatal Series; it’s one of those series where I’ll buy the books despite the high price of the digital copy. I got the impression that perhaps the series is getting ready to be wrapped up because there were quite a few “flashbacks” in regards to previous cases that are closing and how everyone is recovering. Or maybe the “flashbacks” are there because we’re at book nine now and it’s becoming harder to remember everything that’s happened previously. As with the previous books, there’s no cliffhanger, but we are set up and ready for the next chapter in Sam and Nick’s lives.
Fatal Frenzy (Fatal Series # 9)
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