Protective Custody by Wynter Daniels
May 9, 2010
Reviewed by Mandi
Megan Jackson witnesses a murder in a shop window across the street from her office one night, frozen as she watches a man strangle a girl to death. She calls the cops but they don’t believe her. Not much happens in the small town she lives in and the local sheriff office gives her a little pat and sends her on her way. But Megan knows what she saw. She also knows the killer saw her watching, and after a mysterious phone call from him, and someone prowling in her office, she reluctantly call her ex-boyfriend and ex-cop Will McCoy.
Will left the sheriff’s office after he killed someone by mistake while on duty. Due to family pressure, their relationship also didn’t make it. But now Megan knows Will is the only one she can trust as this killer hunts her.
I have a lot of problems with Protective Custody. I like it in romantic suspense books when the killer is really evil and creepy and I normally like getting his or her POV throughout the story. However, it didn’t work well in this book. We know from the start who the killer is, which is fine. But his scenes dominated Megan and Will’s scenes. Yes he came off a creep, but when we switch back to the main characters, I was bored and disinterested in them. They had no spark and just fall very flat. Even as the villain is hunting Megan, there are so many moments where he almost kills her, or almost captures her. For as evil as he is, I thought he would move faster than he does. I also thought the police force, completely ignoring Megan as a witness to a murder doesn’t seem like it fits reality. There was no body to be found where she saw the murder, but they didn’t even investigate the area at all. Meanwhile, she is getting prank calls, bloody fake heads on her doorstep, and people breaking in – and they ask her if she has been drinking.
I was also creeped out by a few of the sex scenes. There is a secondary character, Ed who is Will’s friend but gets messed up in the drama. We get sex scenes with him and his wife that just icked me out. I understand sex rules his life, and that is what gets him in trouble, but I really didn’t need to read multiple sex scenes with him.
This story just didn’t work for me.