Breath of Malice gives us a very flawed heroine as we go on the journey with her as she tries to make up for the mistakes she made as a teenager and then as an adult where as a FBI agent she let her ego to prove she was the best get in the way which in turn made her become the hunted of a serial killer instead of the hunter.
Paige Carson hasn’t had it easy. Some of that was her own making but when her parents died in car accident when she was 21 and her sister the only survivor who is know confined to a wheel chair, Paige took on guardianship on her. She went on to become a FBI agent and now after realizing her mistake with the killer has been on the run to keep her sister safe. The latest move has them in a small town in South Caroline where she starts a new job with a small FBI office. It’s not long though before she realizes that the killer has tracked her down again and this time she is through with running.
Sam McKade runs the FBI office that Paige now works for. He is instantly smitten with his new hire but is very aware she is keeping secrets and is very skittish when it comes to letting anyone in emotionally. Paige got burned from her previous boss over the mistake she made in the trying to take down the killer the first time so she is hesitating to tell Sam the truth that she knows he is after her and that a recent murder that just happened in their jurisdiction is the result of him taunting her. Sam had a crappy childhood but he got a good head on his shoulders now and is very supportive of Paige.
I was glad that the author didn’t drag out for too long Paige keeping her secret as that just throws the heroine into a TSTL category which is annoying as a reader. The final confrontation is brutal and graphic for those with weak stomachs. The author did a great job of leading us up to that scene with the slower pacing throughout the book keeping us on the edge of our seats waiting for the big showdown.