Review: Ultimate Fear by Kristine Mason

When a deranged mother's grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder...  Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch.  Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He's hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim.  As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman's unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb.  And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother's obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death?

When a deranged mother’s grief drives her to replace her dead son over and over, obsession leads to murder…
Chicago detective Jessica Donavan will never stop looking for her missing daughter. Her obsession has destroyed her marriage, but the search is the only thing that helps keep her sane and her mind off of everything she’s lost—her husband and her baby girl. When she uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances and reappearances of a number of baby boys, Jessica turns to her soon to be ex, Dante Russo, a former Navy SEAL turned investigator for the private agency, CORE, to help her fit together the pieces in this perplexing puzzle. But as Dante helps her, she realizes just how much she still craves his support—and his touch.
Dante is still in love with his wife and would do anything to have her back in his life again. He’s been miserable since she left him to deal with the grief over their daughter’s abduction, never understanding how much he grieves as well. When Jessica tells him about the case she’s working, he jumps at the chance to take part in her investigation. He’s hoping not only to save their marriage and ease his personal pain over the loss of their daughter, but to stop a serial kidnapper from taking another victim.
As Jessica and Dante work side by side, pregnant women begin to turn up missing or dead, and they start to uncover the consequences of another woman’s unfathomable grief. The childless mother doesn’t just want a baby. She wants a newborn straight from the womb.
And when forced to confront the dark and twisted perversion of a mother’s obsession, can Jessica and Dante find their lives again…or merely more death?

Ultimate Fear by Kristine Mason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another chilling suspense from a writer who writes the creepiest killers but this time it has to do with a parent’s worst nightmare.

The two main characters this time are an estranged married couple whose daughter was taken from them when she was 10 months old. Jessica Donavan is a homicide detective who couldn’t get over the pain of losing her daughter and left her husband because he was just a reminder of what she had lost. Dante Russo is an investigator for the private agency, CORE and is still in love with his wife and wants nothing more than get back the woman he’s loved since he first met her but they have a lot of issues to work through. They are brought together again with what has been obsession of Jessica’s since her daughter was taken. She constantly checks the missing children database and happens to come across something interesting. Someone is taking infant boys, keeping them for 2 years and then suddenly they turn up unharmed. When the fourth one is recently found Jessica, with the help of Dante, realize there is a pattern and start a profile to try and find who is taking them.

One of the biggest differences in a Kristine Mason book is we always know who the killer/bad guys are. In her books its not just the main leads we get the POV from – we also get the killer/bad guys and sometimes the victims. Since children are involved in this one it defiantly tugs at your heartstrings and the reasoning behind the abductions at first make you feel sorry for the bad guys but its not long you see they are a bit psychotic and eventually its escalates into one of the sickest scenes I’ve ever read.

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