Review: One by Jane Blythe


Genre(s): Romantic Suspense

Author Website


Annabelle Englewood slaughters her family while they sleep. Or so it seems to Detective Xavier Montague when he and his partner arrive at her house to find her sleeping peacefully, her family all dead. But then another family and another are murdered, again with one family member left alive, and it becomes clear that Annabelle is simply a pawn in a vicious killer’s game. Intrigued by Annabelle, the first woman Xavier has been attracted to since his divorce, when he comes face to face with the killer he will be forced to make the ultimate choice, a life and death decision, that could let a psychotic murderer walk free.


I don’t say this lightly—holy smokes! As the author’s website promises, One features a lot of suspenseful mystery plus a little bit of romance!

Last week I reviewed a book that seemed a little too light for my tastes. This week’s book was just a little too dark. But if you like graphic, gripping serial killer mysteries, then buckle the hell up. I wouldn’t really classify this as a romance proper (just a little bit, as expected) so it’s a bit beyond my realm. That being said, I know a good piece of fiction when it plots down onto my lap. Or into my laptop. Whatever.

Anyway. The opening scene was done to perfection. I had no idea what the hell was going on and then all of the sudden I did and my mind got blown a little. And the killer? A scary mo-fo, yo. What we’ve got here is a well-written, well-formatted, well-plotted mystery that is sure to entertain and enthral. I did have trouble buying into the romance aspect, and it was a wee dark pour moi, but I still enjoyed it and would highly recommend!

Rating: ★★★★

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