Deadly Sins (The Mindhunters #6) by Kylie Brant
August 2, 2011
Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Leave it alone. Or so help me, I’ll tell him your afraid of mimes.”
“Freaks of nature,“he muttered. “But I’m not afraid of them.”
Adam Raiker, ex FBI agent and founder of Raiker Forensics, is pulled into a high profile murder investigation when a highly controversial judge and old friend is brutally murdered. Joining him is FBI agent Jaid Marlowe with whom Adam shared a brief but intense love affair with 8 years ago. As Adam and Jaid work the case together, Adam realizes that the passing years has done nothing to ease the pain or love he still feels for her. When the bodies start piling up, each one alluding to a deadly sin, Adam and Jaid realize quickly that someone from Adam’s past is once again stalking him, electing himself to be Adam’s judge, jury, and executioner.
Deadly Sins is the 6th book in Ms. Brandt’s highly addictive suspense series-The Mindhunters. A twisted and dark romantic suspense that holds you hostage from page one. Ms.Brant has created a multilayered and complex world filled with criminal masterminds, corrupt government officials, and the men and women who hunt them down. An explosive action packed journey that takes us back to the very beginning of the series and leads us to an explosive arc ending finale. It does start out little slow as we follow the clues, along with our agents, and build a case against the crime and those involved. Ms Brant shows considerable knowledge as she maps out the police procedures for us in a clear and concise matter. The running dialog between the characters is fast and smooth-allowing you to slip right into the story with them. As the plot picks up speed, the mystery and suspense follows suit leaving us ripe with tension till the very last page.
Our hero and heroine are a delightful mixture of contrasts, adding depth and background to the main storyline. The romance is considerably less involved then the main plot but Ms. Brant uses those scenes to flesh Jaid and Adam out really well. They are fabulous together. The sexual tension between them builds slowly as they get to know one another again and past emotions surface as strong as ever. Jaid is an intelligent and strong willed woman. She says what she means and challenges Adam in ways no one else would dare. Though she has some baggage and secrets in her from her past, it isn’t a relationship hurdle that needs to be jumped. Adam is Adam. Secretive and closed off, he realizes the mistakes he made letting Jaid go so many years ago. As these two circle around their attraction, you slowly start to see Adam lowering the emotional walls he has built around himself. He wants Jaid back and he knows he will have to show her the real Adam in order to have her. Ms. Brant doesn’t make their relationship a central aspect of the story but does intertwine it with the other storyline; allowing it to merge naturally and enhance the ending.
As with Ms. Brant’s previous books, her secondary characters are a integral part of the storyline, from the most visible to the ones we only hear about. Each one adding personality, drama, and insight to the story. In here we finally get answers what exactly happened to Adam and how it has led us to the place we are now. The villain of the story is a brilliant piece of work who’s need for revenge has him setting up an elaborate series of crimes to frame Adam and destroy him. I never saw it coming-Ms. Brant did a fabulous job of keeping me twisting and turning with each clue and sub plot.
The ending comes fast and furious as Adam and Jaid make the final connection and the Raiker Forensic agents come together to catch the killer. Loose ends are wrapped up, questions answered, and the main arc is put to rest. I have heard through the grapevine and read on Ms. Brant’s message board that there were only 6 books contracted for this series so this may very well be the last one. I certainly hope not, but if so, Ms. Brant does a wonderful job putting this series to rest with Deadly Sins.
Overall Rating: B