Though Love Me to Death may be the first Allison Brennan book Iíve read, it became clear as I progressed through it that there have been other stories featuring some of the characters. Fortunately, this doesnít matter. I was given enough information as a new reader to follow the plot and to understand the relationships between various people, although some of the offscreen characters such as Duke and Jack felt very nebulous.
The heroine of this story, Lucy Kincaid, was kidnapped and raped for online pornography. She ended up killing the rapist; his accomplice was imprisoned, and Lucy moved on. Now, six years later, Lucy volunteers at a charity which helps to track down online predators while she applies to work for the FBI. She has tried to get over what happened to her and is making a new life for herself, living with her brother, Dillon, and his wife, Kate.
But Lucy begins to feel that sheís being watched. When she discovers that various online predators that sheís been setting up have been murdered, things start
to get more complicated. Might she actually be in danger again?
Love Me to Death is a slow-burn book without a great deal of action for most of it. In fact, the section that you know is coming (Lucy being kidnapped again) seems to happen in just the last few pages.
Thatís not to say that this is a boring story - by no means. We watch Lucy working out her relationships with her brother and his wife, her former boyfriend, and a possible new relationship with PI Sean Rogan.
The book didn't need its few sections from the point of view of the stalker - I would almost have preferred to be as in the dark as Lucy as events unfolded. But overall, Love Me to Death is a good story.
Although perhaps characterization isnít its strong point, and the large cast of players sometimes got a little confusing to me, I look forward to reading my next book by this author.