Review: Just Evil (Book one of the Evil Trilogy) by Vickie McKeehan
For forty years the double murder of an elderly couple in the Hollywood Hills remained unsolved and all but forgotten. No one cared. But a stranger, bent on revenge, is out to change all that.
Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit has found a new life tucked away in little San Madrid, California, running a business she loves, surrounded by friends she considers family. For the first time her life is on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother’s Day, pulling Kit back in to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider her the prime suspect.
Jake Boston, an old family friend and the man Kit has loved since she was a teen, is fighting his own demons as a suspect in his wife’s murder two years earlier. Despite his past, he’s determined to win Kit over once and for all. But before that can happen they need to convince the police there’s a killer working his way down a list with cold-hearted vengeance in mind.
Forced to delve into Alana’s dark past, it becomes clear someone is out to settle a score. When Jake and Kit uncover a forty year old double murder that leads them straight to the door of a legal dynasty, they soon find out just how far the heirs will go to keep the past buried and eliminate all the loose ends to protect their empire. Will Jake and Kit become the next victims or will they find an unexpected guardian angel?
So I was going to give this book a 4 1/2 star rating only because one of the main characters within the book seemed to be holding some things back and I didn't know if there would be a book two in the works. So glad that I read the sample of the next book because now I do know there is a book two.
I loved the romance, along with the mystery surrounding what was going on. You have Kit who is now getting her life back together not only from her horrible childhood but more from the man who broke her heart. When Jake comes back into the picture well it seems that is when everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Kit's mother is murdered, Kit is the prime suspect her friend Bailey seemed to be harboring a secret that she doesn't want anyone to know about.
But Jake is not the cause of the mystery surrounding Kit's mother.
He just came back at the wrong time to be with Kit, but can he protect her from the lawyer Boyd brothers. Kit has a past with one of them a semi-dark past and it seems he will stop at nothing to be with Kit.
With a bunch of bodies piling up because of Alana's dark and dirty past Kit and Jack uncover secrets, while trying to stay alive. But who exactly is doing all the killing? What is up with Kit's dreams.
I felt so bad for Kit's childhood but yet she grew up to become a strong person who doesn't like trouble, but can handle her own. She become a strong person and what she had to deal with, wow she had more strength than I ever would.
There are revelations that will come into Kit's life and lets just say it was an oh wow moment on that one.
There is a perfect dark and rainy day read that you can and will want to devour. There is mystery, romance, moments that will leave you holding your breath and wondering what is going to happen next.
Vickie writes romantic suspense. She's the author of three distinctive, very different series of books, The Evil Trilogy, the Pelican Pointe series, and the Skye Cree novels. She's just finished her ninth book, The Bones Will Tell, the second story in the Skye Cree saga.
Vickie loves to write and enjoys getting two people together where she mixes in a good mystery or suspense guaranteed to challenge the budding relationship between the two main characters.
Her female leads are usually strong-willed, independent women and definitely not the kind who sit around whimpering, waiting for someone to rescue them. Not only that, when you read one of Vickie's books, you'll get a happy ending.
In her spare time, Vickie loves the outdoors, loves to play video games, and enjoys watching football with the hubby. If you've ever read any of her books, you know she's a die-hard Raider fan, which means she has the patience of Job.
She lives for chocolate, but then who doesn't? She'll kiss for a cup of coffee in the morning. She's convinced the best food on earth is French fries. And she could easily be a vegetarian if not for bacon.
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