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Romeo (1996)

by Elise Title

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All I could think of after reading this book was that it was hours wasted that I will never get back.

The premise is familiar (serial killer and the spunky heroine/heroic cops) but handled fairly well. The author had some interesting things to say about the links between sexual abuse of children and sexual/emotional/mental dysfunction in adults. The characters were well-drawn and the author was very good at keeping the "who's the killer" clues evenly spread among all the suspects.

So why 1 star? Simply put, the author could have done all of the things she did without including the pornographic scenes of incest and abuse. There was no need for graphic descriptions other than to give a particular type of reader a cheap thrill and the ability to then say, "But I read it because there's a moral--abuse is bad."

This would have been a much better book without the porn. ( )
  Jammies | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Romeo is a professional sickie who makes Hannibal Lector look like a rank amateur. He is a brilliantly manipulative seducer who plays on the sexual fantasies of San Francisco's powerful, smart women and then kills them. After having his way with psychiatrist Melanie Rosen, he turns his attention to her sister, Sarah, who goes along with his increasingly violent requests because she thinks she can solve Melanie's murder. Elise Title vaults into the ranks of Minette Walters and Tami Hoag with her assured grip on our nerve endings.

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A serial killer in San Francisco wines and dines women, seduces them with kinky sex, then kills and tears their hearts out. For his fifth victim he selects a psychiatrist who drew his profile for the police. It was she who christened him Romeo. After she dies, her sister decides to bring the killer to justice by offering herself as bait.… (more)

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