Lisa Callaghan of Boston Homicide is good at her job, intuitive, earthy, and a recovering alcoholic. When a vicious serial killer begins stalking the streets of Boston she heads up the investigation. Paired with a younger detective, Luke Farmer she soon discovers that not only does the slasher have a fondness for beautiful, talented women, but he is also fixated with her. To further complicate matters her ex boyfriend, Special Agent Jack Tanner reappears bringing with him memories of an violent, abusive relationship that hinged on obsession. Together the three of them must track down the serial killer before he finishes his masterpiece but in the pursuit they will discover that even more terrifying demons are stalking the hidden places of their hearts. A tale tinged with tension, lust and good earthy humour builds to a sudden climax where Lisa will come face to face with her darkest fear.
Unlike traditional books about serial killers however this story injects a healthy amount of humour and sexual tension giving us a view of cops as humans first and cops second. Lisa's battle with reality as she struggles to adjust to a life of sobriety acts as a positive counterweight to the main plot and allows the reader time to draw breath.