Sunday, December 03, 2006

for all the pudgy thirty-something women out there...

Title: Close Enough to Kill
Author: Beverly Barton

This will be brief, as I don't care enough about the book to remind myself what I read almost a month ago.

Bernie (Bernadette) is a small-town sheriff, overshadowed by the memory of her father, the previous sheriff (now retired). Bernie's sortof a solidly built, average-looking woman who could stand to lose 15 pounds, as her mother constantly reminds her.

Jim is a former college football superstar who was a superstar detective in Memphis but who moves to Bernie's town because his ex-wife moved there with their kid, and he wanted to be nearby, so he takes what essentially is a demotion and goes to work for Bernie.

Bernie has a gorgeous little sister who dates all the men in town. Jim's son (Kevin) comes to live with him full-time when the ex gets cancer. And there's a serial killer who sends stalker-like presents and then graphic drawings to his victims before he kidnaps them, rapes and abuses them for a few weeks, then drops their naked bodies in the road for the police to find them.

Shockingly enough, they have a hell of a time tracking down the killer. In the meantime, though Kevin hates his father because he blames him for his parents' divorce, he gets along really well with Bernie, and secretly wants them to date. A few more women die, then right after Bernie and Jim realize (and act upon) their mutual attraction, little sis gets captured by the crazy.

Jim saves the day. Everyone lives happily ever after. There's even a nauseating epilogue, 10 years in the future, where all the characters have small children and stuff. Blah, blah, blah.

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posted by ket at 12:18 PM


Blogger Kat said...

hehehehe, "a nauseating epilogue" - what a great description. :) i'm surprised you can remember that stuff nearly a month after you read it!

12/05/2006 8:20 AM  

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