Chad didn’t have much growing up, but he became a determined detective. He is dedicated to his job and moving up in the department, and he has plans to marry his boyfriend, even if their relationship seems to be growing distant. Chad is also determined catch the killer known as “The Countdown Killer.” But in a twist, Chad becomes the captured one.
Romeo has his plan all set and the countdown to his final kill is on. When Chad gets in is way, Romeo has no interest in killing Chad, but he needs Chad hidden away while until he can claim his last victim.
Chad has to completely rely on Romeo and a bond forms between the two of them. But Chad is still a detective and Romeo is still a killer and Chad will have to put his head above his heart to save one more innocent victim from being murdered.
One for Sorrow follows a fairly easy formula of the captive falling for the captor. The first quarter of the book sets up getting to know Chad and his life during working hours and at home. But a detective is always working and Chad’s relationship with his fiancé is suffering. There is a serial killer with a plan and the priority is to stop him before he strikes again. But Chad is the one that winds up getting captured.
The killer, Romeo, makes it known right away that he has no interest in killing Chad. He just needs him out of the way so he can get his last victim. The transition here was a little too easy for me. First, Chad seemed completely unprepared when he came face to face with the killer. Then, while Romeo doesn’t treat Chad well in the beginning, Romeo isn’t shown as the killing monster he’s been described as and we don’t see him kill anyone and instead we learn about his troubled past. Then, Chad seems to fall for Romeo easily, which goes against how the character was set up in the beginning of the book. For me, the issue was that the story and the characters lacked that emotional depth to be able to pull this off.
The book is then fairly insular with most of the story taking place with Chad in captivity. The ending also was easy and that’s the theme here. I don’t feel getting a detective to fall for the serial killer that holds him captive should be as easy as it was. Some of the dialogue also didn’t work for me, as when two of Chad’s superiors weren’t happy with his performance, they told Chad they might have to “punish” him and that’s not the right word for a boss to use to an associate. Also, the copy I had could have certainly used another proofreading pass for typos.
The book did keep my interest about how it would all play out, although it was lacking that certain quality for me to see these two as a couple. The book does continue with a second part that is already released and does hold appeal for me. If you want to read a serial killer book that is on the lighter end, this might work for you.