Fear for Me: A Novel of The Bayou Butcher
Montlake / November 12, 2013 / $12.95 print, $9.99 digital
A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren't just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.
Five years later, it's none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman...and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another's relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.
Obsession. That’s the watchword of the new romantic thriller Fear for Me from Cynthia Eden. Last seen in Eden’s previous thriller Die for Me: A Novel of The Valentine Killer, Federal Marshal Anthony Ross has been obsessed with DA Lauren Chandler since the first time they hunted The Bayou Butcher five years ago. Instantly attracted, they burned up the sheets when they weren’t burning through the bayou in search of the notorious killer. But once the killer was caught, Anthony lit out for the big city of New Orleans without even pausing to tell Lauren goodbye. Now the Bayou Butcher has escaped from prison with a murderous agenda and Anthony has returned to Baton Rouge no less obsessed with Lauren then he was the first time around.
“You asked me why I left you.” He realized his fingers were making light circles on her palm. He couldn’t stop. With her, that had always been his problem. Can’t stop. Need too much. “I wanted you, so damn badly, all the time.” Her palm was soft and still beneath his fingers. “I wanted you to myself. I wanted you away from any other man out there.” To be truthful, he still did. But his control was better now than five years ago. “You were becoming my obsession, and I wouldn’t—couldn’t—stay here.”
Lauren understands obsession, having been obsessed with justice since the disappearance of her sister when they were teenagers. But she has never comprehended why Anthony ran off so quickly. Though her job forces her into an outwardly cold detachment, Anthony generated a heretofore unknown and intense passion within Lauren and then was suddenly gone. Now she has two men who want her above all else if for very different and, in the case of The Bayou Butcher, very deadly reasons.
Re-united lovers is one of my two favorite romantic tropes. I appreciate the short-hand that naturally comes when two characters who have hit the sheets before off page are back together as a lot of the occasionally tedious “why am I attracted to him/her?” journey has already been travelled. Fear for Me takes a little while to get into the relationship aspect of the story as it first focuses on the serial killer’s escape and all the players are put back in place in Baton Rouge. I would’ve liked to see the obsessive correlation between the hero and the killer explored more, but there’s enough there for readers to draw the connective lines. There’s a mild red herring as to the killer and a lot of players to keep track of with few individual elements to distinguish them. If a serial killer thriller with some romantic angst is your bag, you’ll enjoy this latest bayou bang up from Cynthia Eden.
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