Today’s review is about a crime/ suspense thriller, Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus. Let’s first get to know the author!.
Arnie Milhouse is a murderer. A millionaire with dozens of kills in his past and no one the wiser. But when his name surfaces in connection with the death of a D.C. call girl, Arnie knows it’s only a matter of time before the FBI puts the pieces together. As he makes plans to disappear and leave his life in Annapolis behind forever, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman who takes an interest in him. The perfect final victim. He can’t believe his luck.
Only luck has nothing to do with it.
Allison McNeil has returned to Annapolis, a city that she promised herself she would never come back to, not while the cruel memories of her time at the United States Naval Academy still haunt her. But she’s willing to do just about anything to get close to Arnie, even if it means having to face down the demons of her past. Her plans work and soon she and Arnie find themselves locked in a dangerous dance of seduction and betrayal.
But Arnie isn’t the only one who carries a secret and the dark truth about Allison McNeil makes a final confrontation between them inevitable. Neither of them know it, but they’re on a collision course that only one of them will survive.
This is the second book the author has written for adults. The book cover is really beautiful. The book revolves around the protagonist Arnie Millhouse and his life with his son, Jason whom he loves immensely. Then there is the gorgeous Allison McNeil who for some reason is really interested in Arnie. Allison is a mysterious woman, going by a fake last name and the aura of mystery around her keeps you wanting more..
I am a huge fan of the show Criminal Minds, which shows how the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of FBI functions. After having seen countless episodes of it, reading this book became immensely intriguing since Arnie killed people and staged them in ways to trip the profilers. That was really thrilling. Arnie knew how the profilers think and try to solve a case, so he did everything to mislead them and thus always stayed under the radar, never been caught.
This book shows how the mind of a psychopath works. He is a maniac, killing for the sheer thrill of it. Even half way through the book, you wouldn’t understand why Allison is keen on being around Arnie, getting to know him. The author has written in such a way that there is not a single second you are relaxed. The whole time you will be on the edge of your seat!.
There are a lot of key characters in this story namely Richard, Mason, Charlie and Craig Gerty, whose characters are developed well. Allison is not currently in any relationship and that was quite refreshing to read.
You think you know how the story is going to be but no, everything is unexpected. Twists happen when you think it’s least possible. This is one of the best books I have read. Crime/suspense writing at it’s best. I just reviewed this author’s first book for adults. Even compared to that, his writing style has improved leaps and bounds. I will definitely look forward to more of the Allison McNeil series.
I give this book 5 out 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing’!
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Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy of Saving Raine from the author, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.