Series: LOST #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Taken, Wrecked
Also by this author: Taken, After the Dark, Wrecked, Before the Dawn
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge
In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.
Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.
Jax Fontaine doesn't claim to be a good guy, but he's loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they're skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.
And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.
Shattered is book 3 in the LOST series by Cynthia Eden. While its not totally necessary to read them in order, you will miss some things/events that happened in previous books that inform events in Shattered so I do suggest reading them in order. Its not a hardship-they are amazing books!
Dr. Sarah Jacobs is the daughter of a serial killer. She carries a tremendous amount of guilt about her father and the lives he took. She had a good relationship with her father as a child until she was 16 and found out what he did for a ‘hobby’. She became a psychiatrist and profiler working with LOST to try and atone for her father’s crimes. On a case in New Orleans, she meets Jax. He hires LOST to figure out who he really is; he was taken as a child and wants to know who his parents are and what his real name is. Jax is a powerful, self made man in New Orleans and there is an lot of chemistry between him and Sarah. Both carry so much baggage!
I really love stories about the children of serial killers. I think its fascinating to see how the sins of the father change the life of the child in different ways. If you enjoy this type of story, check out “Monster in my Family” on Lifetime. Its a TV show that gets family members of killers together with victims to discuss what happened. Its a very interesting look into the worst memories of peoples lives.
Shattered is told in 3rd person omniscient POV and while LOST’s case is regarding Jax, there is a threat to both Jax and Sarah from someone else. You get insights into this person’s process and crimes before the identity is revealed. Again, this is another writing strategy I LOVE in books. Getting into the bad guys mind is creepy and brilliant. Eden writes a plot so twisted you think you have guessed the killer a dozen times, and even once the person’s identity is revealed, you still don’t see all the twists coming at you. Both Sarah’s dysfunctional family history and Jax’s play a major role in the plot and you really don’t know what you can believe because there are so many unreliable characters. Part of the brilliance of 3rd person omniscient is the ability to place unreliable narrators in your mists and you don’t even know it. I typically am not a fan of 3rd person writing, but when its done like Eden has done, its brilliant.
Hidden identities, murder, revenge and smoking hot chemistry abound in Shattered! You need to meet Sarah and Jax (and the rest of the LOST team) now!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: mortal peril, secret identity
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no but a bit of an open ending « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler