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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Born to Die by Lisa Jackson @readlisajackson @recordedbooks

TITLE: Born to Die
SERIES: Montana - To Die, Book #3
AUTHOR: Lisa Jackson
NARRATOR: Alan Nebelthau
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books
PUBLICATION DATE: September 9, 2011
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 15 hrs and 2 mins
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense, Thriller, Romantic Suspense
With more than 10 million copies of her books in print, #1 New York Times best-selling author Lisa Jackson is among the world’s most popular thriller writers.

Two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert have been murdered. Kacey believes it is nothing more than a terrible coincidence, but the deeper she digs, the more worried she becomes. Soon, more victims emerge—all bearing a physical resemblance to Kacey—and she begins to wonder when the brutal killer will come hunting for her.

MY REVIEW:

This is the 3rd installment in the Montana - To Die series. While the first two books featured the same madman, this one was different. In terms of the timeline, this book takes place about a year after the previous one, Chosen to Die.

A serial killer is stalking victims with the same physical traits. First, there is an actress in California, whose murder is staged to look like a suicide attempt. When a cluster of murders takes place within the same small town in Montana, things start to look suspicious. Even more odd is that all the woman bear a strong resemblance to each other.

A schoolteacher, Jocelyn Wallis, supposedly falls down a ravine while jogging and is taken to the hospital in critical condition. The hospital staff is taken aback because she looks just like one of their doctors, Dr. Acacia “Kacey” Lambert. The resemblance is uncanny. Unfortunately, Jocelyn dies before she can reveal what happened to her. Trace O’Halleran, a rugged cowboy, recently dated Jocelyn and is questioned. When Trace’s son breaks his arm, he meets Dr. Lambert and feels an attraction to her. She reminds him of both Jocelyn and his ex-wife, Leanna, who all look as though they could pass for sisters. I guess Trace doesn’t find this attraction to the same “type” of woman strange!

When a patient of Dr. Lambert’s is run off the road and killed in an accident, Kasey is suspicious that this murder might be related to the others and does some digging. Not only do all of the victims have a strong resemblance to each other, but they are all from the same small town. Trace also clues in that something is not right, and he tries to get in contact with his ex-wife who he has not been in touch with for some time. He always assumed that she had just abandoned her son, but could she also be a victim? When he goes to Kacey’s house to warn her that she might be in danger, he discovers that her home has been bugged. Detectives Regan Pescoli and Selena Alvarez are alerted, and they begin to conduct their own investigation as to how these deaths might be related to each other.

What was different about this story from the two previous ones in this series is that Detectives Pescoli and Alvarez were not featured as prominently. The story revolved more around Kasey and Trace, and Pescoli and Alvarez seemed more like secondary characters. We did learn more about Pescoli’s and Alvarez’s personal lives: Pescoli’s teenage kids are still driving her crazy, Pescoli’s boyfriend is pressuring her to live together, and Alvarez appears to be fighting an attraction to her boss.

It has been a while since I last read this series, and I enjoyed jumping back into it. Jackson builds the suspense, and the reader is aware that Kasey is in danger before she does. It is like watching a movie and screaming at the television in frustration to try to alert the target! Although it wasn’t quite as good as Chosen to Die, I still really enjoyed it and will continue on with the series.

Although I wasn’t really a fan of Alan Nebelthau’s narration of the first two books in this series, I actually didn’t mind him too much in this one. Either he is getting better or just growing on me!

MY RATING:

4 stars! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list.

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3 comments:

  1. I am glad that you enjoy this book. I really enjoy this series.

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    1. Me, too! I have the next one in the series on my Kobo, so no audiobook next time.

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  2. I am glad that you enjoy this book. I really enjoy this series.

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