Started this book yesterday and finished it this morning after my doctor’s apt. It is the 3rd book in the Maggie O’Dell series – I skipped it earlier because it was my least favorite of the series but decided I should read it too.
Maggie finds herself caught up in the story of a religious cult leader who beats down his followers until they rely only on him for everything. He tells them when to eat, sleep, what to wear, etc. As this leader goes around doing rallies, he is followed by a killer who selects women from the rally to strangle and put on display for the cops to find.
Maggie finds herself paired with Rizzioli again which isn’t always a good thing as the two women rather clash personality wise. However, the two have no choice and delve into the particulars of the killings. To me it was evident right away who the killer was – both the first time I read it and the second. His motives seemed clear as well but there was a little twist to them at the end that one probably didn’t see coming.
Things become more complicated for Maggie when she realizes that her own mother is a member of the cult – how can the FBI get to the leader without collateral damage to her mother?
The reason the book is one of my least favorite has nothing to do with the characters or the way the story is told – it has more to do with it being about religion and the occult, two things I don’t like in my stories. Both make me equally uncomfortable and prefer my killers to have their rituals rooted in good old-fashioned greed, envy, pride, lust and anger. 🙂