Title: Midnight Obsession
Author: Melinda Leigh
Published: 3rd January 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
When a mysterious package lands on Louisa Hancock’s doorstep, the Philadelphia museum curator can hardly anticipate the nightmare that’s about to envelop her. The package is addressed to her father—an expert in Viking culture—and inside is a ninth-century sword, a chilling thank-you note, and photos of two dead bodies in a tableau evoking a Nordic funeral. The gruesome images match a recent crime scene. But before the police can investigate the killer’s connection to Louisa’s father, Ward Hancock vanishes.
Sports bar owner Conor Sullivan wants nothing more than to spend his life with Louisa. Devoted and protective, he refuses to leave her side after her father’s disappearance. When a troubled young boxer he’s been coaching is suspected of the murders, Conor is pulled in even deeper. Desperate, Louisa and Conor take it upon themselves to find her father, but soon another ritualistic slaying makes it clear there’s a Viking-obsessed serial killer on the loose. And he has a new target: Louisa.
Right, there was nothing inherently wrong with the plot but the characters were too perfect it annoyed me to no end. Louisa was perfect and so was Conor and here I was rolling my eyes so hard I am surprised my eyes are not permanently stuck behind my head. The characters lacked depth and it was hard for me to relate to them because they had no flaw. Louisa is this intelligent beautiful young woman whereas Conor was the perfect boyfriend. Attentive, sweet, handsome, a body to die for and they are perfectly in love with each other. Like where is the catch? The problem? Okay so yeah the main problem is that there is a pyscho-dude stalking and is obsessed with Louisa but get this the writing and the plot was not compelling enough for me as reader that I wanted to know more of what was going to happen. I honest to God didn’t care. So what a pretty girl will be attacked by a serial killer isn’t it always like that? I don’t know what else to say in regards to the book nor characters. I gave the rating a 3 because there really wasn’t anything wrong about the plot like it was technically correct but not inherently correct you know?
The conclusion to this random rant is that the book, writing and the characters weren’t fascinating enough for me to actually want to care or at the least be interested in it. Maybe I am just the type of reader who likes flawed characters.
Anyhoots, I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review.