Title: You Fit The Pattern
Author: Jane Haseldine
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Page Count: 352
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
In this gritty, riveting new novel, Detroit reporter Julia Gooden tracks down a serial killer—only to realize she has become his obsession . . .
Crime writer Julia Gooden has just completed the most important story of her life—a book about her beloved brother’s childhood abduction and how she found his killer after thirty years. But that hasn’t taken her focus off her day job—especially with what looks to be a serial killer terrorizing the city. Female runners are being snatched off jogging trails, then slaughtered in abandoned churches.
As Julia begins investigating, with help from Detective Raymond Navarro, she realizes just how personal this case has become. The murders, planned and executed with uncanny precision, are of women who share traits with Julia. Now he’s contacting her directly, insisting things will get much worse unless Julia makes him famous through her writing.
But no matter how skillfully she plays along, her opponent’s ultimate goal is clear. And only by unraveling the threads that link a killer’s twisted mind to her own dark past can Julia prevent herself from becoming his final victim . . .
You Fit The Pattern by Jane Haseldine is the fourth book of the Julia Gooden Mystery series. Each book of the series seems to have it’s own mystery to solve although I have not read the first three myself.
Julia Gooden who is a main character of this series is a crime writer who is no stranger to serial killers having lost her own brother to a killer years ago. When female joggers begin to fall victim to a new killer Julia finds herself even more entwined in the case when it seems the victims bare a striking resemblance to Julia herself.
Picking up You Fit The Pattern I didn’t realize at the time that it was part of a series as I prefer trying to read them from the beginning just for the character building which takes place through each book. Being the fourth there obviously was some background I had missed so that makes it a bit tougher to really become immersed with the story. However, I did find the mystery in here compelling and believe if it hadn’t taken a bit to warm up I would have rated a bit higher than 3 1/2 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, and newspaper editor, who also worked in politics as the deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane resides in Southern California. Readers can visit her website at http://www.janehaseldine.com.