Title: Sacred Sins
Author: Nora Roberts
Number of pages: 370 pages
“In the unbearable heat of another sultry Washington, D.C., summer, a serial killer is on the loose. Dr. Tess Court, one of the capital’s most successful psychiatrists, wants nothing to do with the case—until the police convince her to lend a hand to the lead investigator, legendary ladies’ man Detective Ben Paris.
Scarred by his family’s history, Ben has even less use for shrinks than Tess has for him—but the forces of animal magnetism and a shared desire to catch the demented criminal known as “The Priest” inexorably erode the walls they’ve built. They’re opposites in so many ways, yet that seems only to fan the flames of attraction for which danger has supplied the spark. To stop a killer who thinks he can absolve sins through murder, Ben will need every ounce of psychological insight Tess can offer him. And she’ll need the help of a lawman willing to stare fear in the face if she’s going to avoid becoming the madman’s next victim.”
A killer known as The Priest is murdering young women as a way to save them from their sins. A passion raised in the investigation of the murder, a deadline to catch the killer before it strikes again, and a disturbed killer. All things combine with high doses of human psychology, good lead characters and an interesting plot, in a time when the computers aren’t used.
As it always happens to me every time I see a book from Nora Roberts I just have to read it. This new suspense romance story has as one of the main characters a psychologist that aids the police doing a profile for a serial killer in the loose who is murdering young women with an amice. His motive, try to set them free from their sins.
The main part of the story focuses in the persecution of the murderer and how the police seems always far behind him. In the background we have the love story, a hallmark of the author. The book was written when the police didn’t even have computers so the procedure was slow and manual, basically knocking doors and making phone calls. And this slows the rhythm to find the killer, which at some point makes the story altogether flow very slow, except for the love story. This romance progress very fast. Whenever I read the stories of this author I can’t help but fall in love with the characters myself. They are always different, with different lifestyles and personalities. In this case, I love them too but I was surprise to find the controlling attitude of the male character, Ben.
One of the things that I liked the most from this book is the fact that it circles around psychology. It not only focus on the profiling of the killer but it takes in other cases of Teresa. Other patient cases are disclosed so you get a closer look of her work. How psychologists try to get to others people feelings and thoughts to help them and how sometimes keeping the distance is impossible. It make you like Teresa even more. Not only she is a confident and intelligent woman but she is also caring and very driven to help others.
From my point of view the end of the book isn’t aligned with the rhythm of the rest of the story. We jump from a point where the police is incapable of finding clues to get to the killer. They only know that in a concrete date the killer will strike again. To a point where the killer is find and all is solve in one page. For me the end was to rush.
When you compare this book to other suspense books she has written and with the In Death series, it falls flat.