The 4th Victim-Tara Taylor Quinn

The 4th Victim

Tara Taylor Quinn

Mira, Dec 1 2010, $7.99

ISBN: 9780778328353

In Chandler, Ohio psychologist Kelly Chapman keeps her distance from everyone including her patients though she diligently tries to help them and the community, which is why she is called the “Fix-it lady”.  Still even she is surprised when she agrees to be a foster parent to fourteen year old troubled Maggie Winston.  While musing about being a loner who cares, Kelly exercises by in-line skating when a car thumps her.

Because Dr. Chapman has been an expert witness on numerous trials, the FBI investigates her disappearance.  A loner like Kelly, Missing Persons Special Agent Clay Thatcher leads the inquiry.  The more he digs into the life of Dr. Chapman the more he sees the female version of himself.  Diligently working the case, he fears the woman he never met but who he is attracted to has become the 4th Victim of a serial killer.

The key to the super fourth Chapman Files thriller (see The 1st Wife, the 2nd Lie and The 3rd Secret) is that the potential romance between the lead couple is treated throughout the suspenseful story line like the early part of the movie Laura.  Different in tone from the previous files but action-packed from the moment that the in-line skating shrink is snatched.  Fans will relish this entertaining entry as Kelly is the victim and the frantic Fed knows this case has turned personal as he likes what he knows of Dr. Chapman, but fears she is dead.

Harriet Klausner

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