NetGalley Review: Beautiful Maids All in a Row (Iris Ballard, #1) by Jennifer Harlow

28587614Title: Beautiful Maids All In A Row (Iris Ballard #1)
Author: Jennifer Harlow
Published: Oct. 11, 2016
Publisher: Alibi
Pages: 240
Genre: Murder, Mystery
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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Dr. Iris Ballard’s glory days are behind her, so when Luke Hudson, her former FBI partner and onetime lover, asks for help constructing a psychological profile of an elusive serial killer who murders single mothers and dumps their bodies in the woods, Iris turns him away. She just wants to be left alone with her infomercials, her German Shepherd, and her vodka. That is, until she gets a peek at the case files.
The media has dubbed him “the Woodsman.” But after Iris learns the sickening details held back from the press, and as she sets foot onto the scene of his latest crime, she assembles a portrait of a more complicated, enigmatic, meticulous man. Control is his motivation. He thrives on it. Soon he even tries to manipulate the investigation by contacting Iris, hoping to rattle the woman he considers an intellectual equal.
The game is on. Iris thinks she has a read on her target, enough to push his buttons, to make him lose control. But when the Woodsman gains the upper hand, Iris faces the most painful reckoning of all—with her own violent past.

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

Alright so as soon as I read the blurb I knew this was going to have to be good. I was right. Iris left the FBI after a traumatizing event that she can not get over. Pills, insomnia, alcohol makes for a terrible combination but it works for Iris. So when she hears about the Woodsman and his latest victim it peaks her interest a bit. We see how Iris and her ex partner Luke come together to put the Woodsman behind bars. It was amazing to see how Iris's mind worked when profiling the killer and actually putting clues together. It was like this case is what she needed to move forward in her life though it was hard for her to put the past and Hayden in the past. 
This book was simply an amazing read once I started I could not put it down. It had plenty of action, mystery and it all went at a steady pace. I do hope to have more of Iris and her amazing ability to profile. 

Jennifer Harlow
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virgina home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills.


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