Forever Breathless (A Killer Among Us Thriller, Book 4)

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The “Reunion Killer” strikes every five years and is on the hunt. His victim will be an attractive single woman in her early to mid fifties with long auburn hair and work at a job dealing with the public. Zoelle Spencer, a water fitness instructor, is divorced and looking for love. The Reunion Killer has set his sights on her. Will Zoelle find true love or become Forever Breathless? More

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About Shirley Spain

An animal lover, fitness instructor, and author of dark and chilling thrillers...

Shirley strives for what she calls, "plausible realism" in her books and garners critical details from her "police ride along" experiences as well as educating herself by attending and graduating from the West Jordan Citizen's Police Academy and receiving training as a CERT member (Community Emergency Response Team). She is currently a West Jordan Police Department VIPS (Volunteer In Police Service).

When researching Ultimate Trust (book 2 in the Jewels Trust M.U.R.D.E.R. series) her antagonist built a bomb and consequently blew up a house. To ensure the scene was "plausible" she met with the fire chief and a SWAT arson investigator who helped her "build a better bomb" for her story!

"Thinking up and plotting the dastardly deeds of demented killers is a challenge," Shirley says. "However the real fun begins when figuring out how my heroine--and her studly hero, of course--will turn the tables, outsmart the twisted murderer, and survive."

In real life, Shirley has been a victim of human predators more than once, yet lives by the motto: No matter what horrible circumstance life hurls at you, choose to survive and become stronger because of it. She uses that maxim as a guide when writing her novels.

Shirley often wrangles friends into "role playing" when researching scenes and admits she "experiments" on herself and has done so with some of the tools her bad guys use, including duct tape, a variety of rope, and handcuffs. She even locked herself in the trunk of her car and attempted to escape. Hmmm. Knowing this, you may wonder how many of the stunts described in her books she tried on herself ... but she'll never tell!

About the Series: A Killer Among Us
These psychological thrillers--each unique-- feature sexy heroines and hunky heroes battling a variety of cunning serial killers passing themselves off as "normal" while committing their hideous crimes and often hiding in plain sight of their next victim.

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Reviews

Review by: Chariss K. Walker on May 6, 2018 :
This was a enticing thriller read with great "serial killer" action, smatterings of humor, sexual innuendo, the struggles of an author, and girlfriend comradery thrown in. Sometimes, it was simply too-too much for Zo-Zo or the reader to handle without getting whiplash. I enjoyed the author's overall and easy writing style as well as her wit. However, I found it difficult to believe the main character was fifty. Her antics were, at best, late teens or perhaps she was simply far too naive for her age. Still, all-in-all, it is one of the better Indie thrillers I've read lately so, if I could, I'd give it 4.5 stars. I recommend it to those who love serial killer/thriller/suspense novels.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: vq6603 on May 3, 2018 :
This was a great read, would have loved to be able to give it a four and a half.
The main character, Zoelle, is witty, funny and very real. The serial killer scenes are well thought out and done in a way that's got enough detail to satisfy an adult without being too much for a teenager.
This is one of the books that once you start you don't put down until your finished.
The writing style is engaging, the characters are believable and likable.
I'd definitely recommend giving this a read.
There are a couple of things detracted from the story overall which is why I could'nt give it 5 stars.
I didn't really like that I picked the killer from their first interaction, and it seems like Zoelle should have had him on her suspect list too. She was a little too naive for a 50 something divorcee.
Also, at the end, the book launch etc was a little too much. It could have been reduced to a single scene while conveying all the information and would have had a lot more impact.
Overall this was a good light read and I will be checking out the authors other books for sure.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
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