About the Book:
Who is the beautiful girl found at dawn, on a deserted stretch of golden sand beach? What is her secret?
FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett searches for answers relentlessly. With each step, each new finding, she uncovers unsettling facts leading to a single possible conclusion: Dawn Girl is not the only victim. Her killer has killed before.
Hiding a terrible secret of her own, Special Agent Tess Winnett faces her inmost fears, in a heart-stopping race to catch a killer who’s getting ready to end yet another life. Will she find the killer in time? Will she be able to stop him? At what cost?
The rules of the game have changed.
So has the textbook definition of a serial killer.
Special Agent Tess Winnett is the bold, direct, and short-fused heroine of Dawn Girl. Putting her life on the line, she doesn’t pull any punches, searching only for the truth, and for the man who takes lives on her watch. Intelligent, resourceful, and uncompromising, Tess will take readers on a memorable, white-knuckled journey in this suspenseful, gripping serial killer thriller.
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A Thriller with More Questions Than Thrills
Here's what I mean -- there are plots holes and unanswered questions throughout this book, especially at what is supposed to the conclusion.
This is my list of unanswered questions:
*What do the characters look like? There is little in the way of character physical descriptions in the book, especially of the main characters.
*Who is Tess Winnett? What is her background? Where is her family? Where is she from? All I know is that she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be in the FBI, then she was attacked. She has no life before graduating law school? Was she born from a mysterious egg? Has she ever had serious romantic relationships? She's just this robot that was switched on and goes about life with a mechanical precision that seems cold, shallow...dull. I can't like her. I cannot get emotionally attached to her because she is like a wisp of a person.
*Why did Matthew cover May Lin's body and leave her as if remorseful? This dude had no other such compassion for his other victims, why would he for this one girl? The group speculated it was because he made a mistake, but this was never concluded as fact. So, his reasoning for his actions was still up in the air. Was it his dad who discovered what Matt had done and 'took care' of the body for him?
*What did his mother do to him that made him into a psycho killer? What did it have to do with facing the dawn on a beach? Yes, we know his mom did yoga facing the morning sun, but what does that have to do with his maniacal killings? Also, what is with the sexual aspect of his torture and killings? If these victims are a work up to his torturing and killing his mother, did he plan to also rape his mother?
*How do the storage containers factor into the story? Matt has storage containers in the places where he kidnapped his victims--he has one on the same property where he took Julie. So what do they have to do with the story? It's this big gaping hole in the story--hell, Tess was on her way to one when she was told to head to Matt's house. What would she have found at the storage container? Why even bring them up if you aren't going to explain WHY they were important enough to be in the story?
*Was Tess raped by Matt? All we get are these bits and pieces of what happened to her. We have no idea how she was kidnapped, what happened to her while Matt had her, or how she got away. Did she escape while he was gone? Did she hit him over the head and run while he was out cold? These are all critical pieces of information that are missing from the story. Also, what's with the three parallel lines behind her ear? What do they mean? Why did Matt put them there? Was it part of the torture or was he marking her? If he was marking her, what do the three lines have to do with anything?
As you can see from these rather detailed questions, this book reads like an incomplete story. I feel like this could have been a much better thriller if I weren't left with so many questions that SHOULD HAVE BEEN answered in the story. The book felt hollow.
The suspense of the story was well crafted, it pulled me along despite the lack of real depth or information. I don't know if I'll read the next book in the series, which doesn't say much for this book, does it?
Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
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