Review: Ruthless by Debra Webb

Ruthless by Debra Webb
Series: Faces of Evil (# 6)
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Forever Publishing
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



He has a ruthless past . . . Three photos of three unknown women. Sent to Deputy Chief Jess Harris by the Player, one of the world’s most sadistic killers. The Player is taunting her, and Jess is more than ready to take on his challenge. Only one thing could distract her from the Player’s deadly game: the appearance of a clue to long-unsolved cases. For years Birmingham’s children were vanishing-one per year, always on a full moon-until the disappearances stopped and the Man in the Moon case went cold. No leads on the children were ever found-until now. Jess has no choice but to pursue the case. Someone is reaching out to her, sending her mementos of the missing children, and the citizens of Birmingham deserve justice. But after years of silence, has the Man in the Moon really resurfaced? Or is he just another pawn in the Player’s game?



Review: This sixth book in the Faces of Evil series picks up where the fifth book left off and in this case I do suggest readers read book number 5 ( Revenge) before starting this one.

Jess’s life is one big ball of stress right now. Her sister has an odd disease and Jess could have it too, and it is especially worrisome because Jess has begun to suspect she might be pregnant. But, right now Jess has her hands full because it looks like an old unresolved case is about to heat up again. “The Man on the Moon” case went cold when children stopped disappearing. Now, it looks like the killer is back. But, this could also be one of Spear’s games.

This chapter in the series is a gritty thriller that had me feeling on edge and actually worried about Jess. While all the books are sort of on the dark side, this one really went all out on the creep factor. There is just something about innocent children disappearing that makes the crime seem so much worse. Having to deal with the emotions of grieving parents that never found out what happened to their child, gruesome discoveries, and to put the cherry on top, we never know when Spear’s might pop up, sets the stage for a tense nail-biter. Dan and Jess have some really tense moments, but some really tender moments as well. Lori is finally making some progress in her relationship with Chet, but a secret could bring it all crashing back down. Once again Debra Webb somehow manages to take this book one notch higher than the last.