Monday, June 5, 2023

REVIEW: The Girl in the Woods by Kristen Ashley



If you know us, you know that Kristen Ashley is a one-click for us--she's our comfort read, our guaranteed escape from whatever is plaguing us; The Girl in the Woods was exactly that. 

The thing I'm discovering that I really enjoy about this series is that while the romance is definitely a factor, it's not the main factor. In both novels in this series, there's a killer on the loose and somehow our protagonists are involved. In The Girl in the Woods, a story told from Rus's point of view, we learn that he's an active FBI agent working on a serial killer case and a new murder lands him in Misted Pines and in the direct path of Cin, the employer of the victim. The attraction is instant and mutual, but of course, completely not okay during an active investigation so they work hard to concentrate on solving the case and tracking the killer(s) and somewhere along the way, they figure out a way to discretely pursue the burgeoning relationship. 

As usual, I loved these two together; they're both strong but not afraid to be vulnerable. They're sensible and reasonable and are a great team. He supports her and she supports him and when it's time for Rus to wrap up the case and move on, he stays.

Like every other Ashley series, we get to see some of our favorite characters from the previous book and now we can add Rus and Cin to the list of characters we'll be looking out for when the next book comes out.


This body would be the last for Zachariah Lazarus…

The Crystal Killer’s latest casualty was discovered in a sleepy town in the Pacific Northwest, Misted Pines.

His years in the FBI, and tracking the Crystal Killer, have taken their toll on Rus. He lost his marriage to the job. And the burdens he carries for the victims was crushing him.

Misted Pines has recently survived a killer’s rampage and a town scandal that made global news. The media was primed to devour a new story. So Rus already has his work cut out for him.

But it’s more.

Something is just not right with this latest victim.

As Rus works with the local sheriff to unravel the mystery, the victim’s employer, Lucinda Bonner, decides she’s going to do everything she can to help.

To help Rus find the killer. To help Rus survive the hunt. To help Rus navigate the intricate, and sometimes sordid, history of the town of Misted Pines.

And to help Rus let go of his burdens.

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