Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.
Review Date: January 5, 2018
Title: The Hunting Grounds
Series: Hidden Sins #2
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: July 25, 2017
My Rating: 4 stars
We first met Vic in The Devil’s Daughter. He was Eden’s partner in the BAU section of the FBI. In the first story he was very much a secondary character and we knew little of him aside from his understanding of Eden, his divorce and the spectacular burnout of his former partner… all things lightly touched upon, and now the background for Vic and Maggie’s story.
Glacier Park was one of the last places Vic wanted to be for several reasons. Most importantly, a murder here meant that the unsub has now moved up into serial killer classification with two other grisly murders in relatively nearby national parks. The second was more personal. Maggie was here. The former partner, the woman who he never should have had feelings for and the woman who fell apart during an investigation that gave older, more experienced agents nightmares. They’d have to work together now, and he’d have to stand next to a woman who means so much to him and let her take the reins of what they might have together… now. Putting emotions and a killer together is not the wisest thing to do, but it’s what they have in front of them to deal with.
The Hunting Grounds is an intriguing game of cat and mouse while two people finally face their emotions for each other – and try to stop a serial killer before they fall prey to an arrow themselves. While Maggie and Vic were an enjoyable couple fighting their way to each other over the obstacle of their past, the romance, for me, was a secondary story line. This is one vicious, crazed killer who kept my attention throughout this story. Grisly is a mild description of the killings, and while there were possible suspects galore I really didn’t see the killer… until, once again I thought back over the story for breadcrumbs. I like the way Ms Robert writes since I’m not a reader who has to figure out the killer before the last page I’m enjoying the journey to the reveal and to justice in the end.
I believe if you’re a Romantic Suspense or Murder Mystery fan that you’d enjoy The Hunting Grounds. In this series it’s not as essential to follow from the beginning as it’s the characters who share a connection not necessarily the plot. But since the first story was pretty amazing, I’d still recommend that you read The Devil’s Daughter when you get the chance. The third story in this series The Surviving Girls is yet to come – and I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for that one when it releases.
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