Still struggling to rebuild her life after the unsolved death of her husband, Caroline tells herself that the photo is unimportant. She drifts into an affair with a colleague; the relationship begins casually, but quickly becomes intense and disturbing.
After Caroline discovers the first victim of a serial rapist who has begun to attack women in Sydney, another photograph appears. Are the online images a threat, or simply coincidence?
Against a backdrop of deception and lies, Caroline finds herself drawn to an enigmatic stranger. Is he protecting her, or does he mean her harm?
If Caroline cannot distinguish friend from foe, it could cost her life.
In Your Sights
by Elizabeth Krall
Sydney Triptych #1
December 10, 2014
This psychological thriller spins a web of danger and suspense set in Sydney, Australia. Spurred on by a traumatic experience, Caroline, still mourning the loss of her husband, has reluctantly opened her arms to another man. The danger kicks up a notch when a serial rapist, whose latest victim she found and rescued, appears to set his sights on Caroline. Pictures of her and others close to the case begin to pop up.
I really liked this story, so much so that I stayed up way too late to finish it. The story probably should have taken me a week or two to finish, since it’s a good length. Let’s just say I had to know what was going to happen next. The writing is excellent, the plot obviously planned and executed to plan. The twists and turns, while not entirely unpredictable, definitely kept me intrigued and surprised. I wasn’t able to guess them entirely, just enough for the outcome to make sense.
The romance aspect is pretty well done, but it’s not all butterflies and rainbows. Some of the sexual content is rather disturbing, particularly as the book progresses, but it works in the context of the story. This is not a book written to deliver said scenes, rather, the scenes move the plot along. Things get darker as the story progresses, and some may find it too much.
I enjoyed the setting, but although the story features an American who has moved to Australia, a few English phrases and words pop up in the parts told from her perspective. For example, she fetches her windcheater, which I imagine is what an American would call a windbreaker. It’s not difficult to figure out what it is in context, but it does impact the perception of Caroline as an American.
Overall, I found this story to be gripping and thrilling, a good representation of the genre, and folks who like psychological thrillers are likely to enjoy this book. I highly recommend it. Still, it’s not for everyone, particularly those who may have had a personal experience with rape, as some of the scenes may act as a trigger. Also, there is a significant amount of sexual content, so those who prefer books that fade to black or avoid the act entirely will probably find this a bit too much for them.
The review copy of In Your Sights was supplied by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ABOUT AUTHOR ELIZABETH KRALL
I am also the author of the contemporary romance novels “Too Close” and “Ship to Shore”, and of an occasional series of short stories themed around holidays, called “Holiday Romances”.
Most of my career was spent as an editor, but now I work as a print and digital graphic designer. An unexpected side-effect of leaving editing was the resurgence of an interest in writing.
I grew up in Canada and lived in London, England, for many years. I have now settled in Sydney, Australia. My interests include travel, tall ship sailing, photography and blogging.
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