Deviously Sincere by Alayna Hallward
The media has compared the FBI’s current serial killer to Jack the Ripper. Not because of the way he kills, but because he can evade law enforcement. This killer has an agenda, he believes his acts will purify women right down to their corrupt souls. While his work is well known, the FBI still cannot do anything. That is until Agent Tilda Wain decides to think outside of the box. The best way to catch a serial killer is to seek out the help of another. The only killer that can be of assistance is one that holds the same beliefs. Even though Hyde is their ideal helper, his views and time in the asylum make him unreliable. While Hyde does hate women, Tilda knows a way around such trivial matters. In her attempt to gain more information, Tilda soon finds herself in the line of fire. If she persists in her search, more than her honor will be lost. (From Goodreads)
Thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I only recently starting reading books in the mystery/thriller genre this year but have devoured many within the past few months. Strangely, I have not read any that are from the perspective of an investigator or detective trying to solve a crime until now. This was a great one to start with!
Tilda Wain is an FBI agent who specializes in behavioral analysis (think of the Criminal Minds method of investigation) who is trying to get into a new killer’s head. Even though she is not appreciated by her boss, she is great at what she does and does not give up on her leads when they become difficult or inconvenient although others do. The new serial killer Tilda is hunting appears to be using similar methods to the infamous Hyde who had been caught and imprisoned and is known for his hatred of women. How can she convince her superiors that there might be a connection and to allow her to talk to him? How will she get Hyde to talk even if she does gain access to him? Is it a coincidence, a copycat, or something more? Tilda doesn’t let any of these questions or obstacles get in the way of finding answers.
I loved this about Tilda. She was tough and smart but not perfect. She got things done but wasn’t always right and made mistakes. I admire her determination to not let anyone or anything get in the way of her solving the case and preventing more victims from being hurt or killed.
I was not expecting to also have the perspective of the killer in the book. It was fascinating to get into his mind and understand his methods and motivations while still missing key pieces of information about who he is. The author gives us the perfect balance between providing new information and keeping us in the dark. I found his perspective genuinely frightening because it was gruesome but not unrealistically so. While his methods were horrific, I could absolutely see the possibility of them happening in real life.
The only issue that really stands out to me about this book is how Hyde’s identity is still a secret even after he has been arrested, charged, convicted, and imprisoned. I found this to be unbelievable.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to fans of the genre. I look forward to the author’s future work and would love to read more books in a Tilda Wain series if she writes them.