Be Afraid: Morgans of Nashville, Book 2

Be Afraid

Be AfraidAuthor: Mary Burton
Book Name: Be Afraid
Series: Morgans of Nashville
Order: #2
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Rating:  Really Good


Blurb:  The Fear Is Terrifying

When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she’s been held captive for days, they tell her she’s a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it’s true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth

On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna’s expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories–and a nagging dread that Jenna’s ordeal hasn’t ended.

Is Even Worse

Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna’s past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. . .

Review:  I think that this was even better than book one, mostly because the crime is actually solved with smarts and police work, which is so refreshing.

While we did get to see the characters from book one, they were very minor and we didn’t have to suffer through pages and pages rehashing everything that happened in the first book.  Either the author expects readers to have already read that book and know what happened in it so there is no need or that even if you haven’t read that first book, you still don’t need the rehash as it really has no impact on this story other than maybe having a slightly better understanding of those only briefly mentioned characters.  Either way, I liked it as that isn’t something you see too often.  As readers, we really don’t always need tons of backstory or reminders of other books, especially when those books are pretty much independent plot wise from each other.

As an artist, I’m in awe of what other artists do and talents they have that don’t happen to be one of mine, so getting a character in a book that has this amazing ability is going to be seriously interesting to me.  I really got into Jenna’s character because of that.  Rick’s character is interesting, but his personality kind of gets lots in this outside of his injury.  I absolutely loved Tracker and would have liked to see even more of him.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a hero dog that loses part of one of his legs in the line of duty and still gets out there to keep being that hero dog?

Like book one, the romance aspect of the story is on the light side and isn’t the total focus.  I wasn’t too convinced of the connection there, though.  It is one way to approach the lesser important aspect of the story by minimizing the amount of page time it gets, but for me there just wasn’t enough time spent to make me believe the next step in the relationship between Rick and Jenna at the end of the book is for her to actually move in with him.  They had one intimate moment before everything goes crazy and almost no time spent doing any personal type of conversation that wasn’t related to the case.  The way it was written came across as kind of an afterthought of “Oh, there is supposed to be a romance part to this, better toss one in”.

Because the romance thread of the story is minor, the fact that it is lacking for me doesn’t do a whole lot to bring down the rest of what is a good story.

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mom who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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