3 out of 4 stars
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Sergent Evelyn McGregor (Mac) works as a paralegal in the Air Force and occasionally as a defense investigator. When an unexpected murder case arises on base, Mac and her boss, Stanton, must work together to uncover the truth behind the murder. Senior Airman Terrel Johnson, the prime suspect, is questioned regarding the murder of his wife, Zonira. Johnson claims he is innocent and would never hurt his wife as he loved her very dearly. With great sadness and grief, he recounts to them all that happened between him and her on that day before she was gruesomely murdered. After listening to him and asking him several additional questions, Stanton reassures him that they will do everything they possibly can for him and get to the bottom of this case.
Mac begins to investigate the murder. This leads her to the discovery of similar cases and killings like Zonira's. She studies these cases closely and finds out that the victims have similar physical appearances to Zonira. What's more, they were all brutally murdered in the same manner and have the same wound patterns as Zonira. Does this mean these killings are connected? What are the chances that these are the deeds of a psychotic serial killer out there? Could there be more to this case than meets the eye? Find out by reading The Fatal Creation by Julie Bergman.
The Fatal Creation is the first book in the A Sergent Evelyn "Mac" McGregor Thriller series. The author has done a superb job with the character development in this crime and suspense thriller. I loved how she described each character distinctively according to the individual roles they played, like the killer, the detective, and the victims. Her descriptive talent made it easy for me to visualize each character's feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Mac was the book's most memorable character to me. She was a determined, brave, and feisty woman who always persevered in the face of difficulties. She persisted in her quest to identify the perpetrator of the crimes despite the threats to her career, the injury to her reputation, and the danger to her personal safety. Another exciting aspect of this book that I found enjoyable was the romance between Mac and Hudson. Despite their initial reluctance, I thought it was lovely how they gradually came to trust and care passionately for each other.
This book had a fast-paced and easygoing plot that kept me turning the pages, eager to find out what would happen next. The narration was vivid and quite engaging. The author's writing style was also fluid and easy to grasp. Readers will be engrossed in this novel from start to finish owing to the suspense, mystery, romance, and humor contained in it. I simply can't wait to read the next book in the series.
On the other hand, the book has a few flaws. I came across several errors while reading. Although my reading experience was not hampered, the many errors I found reflect poorly on the editing of the book. Also, this book lacked page numbers. This made it difficult for me to refer back to earlier readings and posed a challenge for me.
Due to the flaws mentioned above, I give The Fatal Creation a rating of three out of four stars. I recommend this book to lovers of crime and suspense thrillers, as they would find this book purely satisfying and worth the read. I also recommend this book to a mature audience due to the explicit sexual and gory scenes contained within it.
The Fatal Creation
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