Review: A Dark Mind by TR Ragan

T.R. Ragan outdid herself with “A Dark Mind“, book three in the Lizzy Gardner thriller series.

Lizzy has a knack for attracting dangerous serial killers, and this time it’s “The Lovebird Killer” stalking Lizzy through the shadows. Ragan furthers the character arcs of Lizzy, Jared, Jessica, and Hayley, with one of the supporting characters stepping into the spotlight in a big way. The scenes are well-composed and tense, and Ragan had me guessing who the killer was for a good portion of the book.

Ragan introduces a new style to the series by leading each chapter with a quote from an infamous serial killer. Some of the passages are truly disturbing and set a dark mood for the forthcoming scenes.

The Lovebird Killer exhibits traits which remind me of Buffalo Bill in “Silence of the Lambs” and Norman Bates in “Psycho”. Ragan infuses him with a preternatural ability to pop up when you least expect it while avoiding the authorities.

If you don’t like squeamish thrillers, you should give this series a pass. But if you don’t mind a little depraved fun, T.R. Ragan delivers a perfect blend of suspenseful thriller and psychological horror. It’s clear Ragan knows her horror. I imagine her watching a Wes Craven or John Carpenter movie as much as I do her reading classic thrillers.

Oh, and the ending…

Wow. I won’t give it away. But it floored me. Now I can’t wait to dive into book four.

If you can handle dark, twisted thrillers, this is your book. Great series.

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