The romantic tension between Grant and Jamie is instantaneous, but they also rub each other the wrong way when Grant mistakenly takes Jamie as a hobbyist with her dogs. But then Grant has a deep fear of dogs, instilled from a bad experience as a child and that may be part of his distancing himself from Jamie. Together, these characters must try and find the new serial killer, and along with the local sheriff they unravel one clue after another. Brantley knows her subject matter very well and the research she did into the intricacies of cadaver dogs as well as Red Tide algae of the title, add fascinating details without slowing the story down.
The chase and the conclusion will have the reader riveted to the pages. Brantley also explores themes of otherwise strong women who remain with and make excuses for abusive men. Additionally, she delves into the psyche of serial killers in ways that are fresh to readers of the genre. There are very few weak spots in the story, which is promising in a debut author. This book will go a long way in introducing Brantley to readers as a force to be reckoned with in the thriller/mystery niche.
Peg Brantley is Colorado native and a prominent member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Sisters In Crime and the Crime Fiction Collective. Her and her husband live near Denver where they enjoy the animals that wander through their neck of the woods, including a bichon named McKenzie.