Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.
Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.
As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it"
Being a fan of Heather Graham's work, I get a little giddy when I open her books on my Kindle. The rush to start another action filled story is always there. A Perfect Obsession is filled with eerie and creepy imagery from the underground tombs of New York, taking the thriller to another level of danger, while the chills were running down my spine.
The suspense in the story is well built and the tension is escalating as more victims are discovered and the Finnegan family is once again right in the middle of it. The constantly present fear and danger, and the acute awareness that Kieran Finnegan is a match to the victims put Special Agent Craig Frasier on the edge, his overprotective tendencies heighten to the extream.
The story is heavily ridden with the history of New York, and especially the history of different graveyards, going into such details that it dulled some of the building intensity from the investigation.
Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan met and fell in love in the book one of the series. I enjoy the chemistry between them, the passion and banter between them are entertaining and fun. The relationship is a strong part of the story yet there's no further development or deepening of the bond or commitment between Kieran and Craig as the story progress.
The link the Finnegan siblings have with each other is admirable, I love how their protectiveness of each other often gets them in more trouble than not. It tells a lot about Craig's nature, that they have accepted him as part of the fold so unconditionally, the respect Kieran's brothers have for is obvious.
While not one of my favorite Heather Graham stories, this is a solid tale with escalating suspense that comes into a treacherous and alarming crescendo that had my heart racing. I am definitely interested to see what direction this series will take in the future and if the two single brothers of Kieran will find their match somewhere along the line
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me