Former Florida prosecutor Hoffman enthralls readers with her debut novel. Chloe Larson is finishing law school when she's brutally raped and tortured. Her boyfriend leaves her, she suffers terrible trauma and she changes her name and moves to Miami. As C.J. Townsend, Chloe spends 12 years building a career as a tough prosecutor.
Then her love interest, Special Agent Dominick Falconetti, arrests Cupid, a serial killer believed to have raped and murdered at least 10 women. C.J. recognizes Cupid, aka William Bantling, as the man who raped her, but believing that disclosing this could hurt the case against him, Chloe keeps silent, battling her demons.
C.J. wrestles with ethical issues, as her personal feelings clash with her legal duties. Hoffman lures the reader into C.J.'s mind and life, where the line between right and wrong blurs.
Throughout the trial, Hoffman offers several red herrings that leave the reader wondering at the true identity of Cupid, so named because he cut out his victims' hearts while they were still beating. But even the suspenseful trial doesn't prepare readers for the final, a chilling conclusion. (Jan., 432 pp., $24.95)