Book 6, Detective Madison Knight Series - A Madison Knight Novel
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“This book was amazing from the start. I couldn’t put it down from start to finish.”
–D&T’s Love of Books
Looks aren’t the only things that can be deceiving…
When a sixty-eight-year-old woman is found dead outside the hospital in a wheelchair with an anti-abortion sign strapped to its back, Detective Madison Knight expects it to be an open-and-shut case. On the surface, there are no signs of foul play, but the deeper she digs, the more convoluted the homicide becomes. And when two more bodies appear, including those of a girl just barely old enough to drink and a homeless man, the direct links between the three murders are anything but simple.
Without a consistent MO, Madison doesn’t buy that a serial killer is on the loose, despite the conviction with which her ex-fiancé and fellow detective try to convince their superior. But Madison already has enough to juggle without having to defend her reputation. Debilitating flashbacks of being held hostage by the Russian Mafia mere months before haunt her on an almost daily basis, and the promises she made to herself while in captivity are becoming more and more difficult to keep. Learning to trust is hard enough without constant reminders of what destruction—fatal or otherwise—trusting the wrong person can cause.
Now, as both personal and professional friction within the department mounts, she and her partner, Terry, must figure out what motivation could span generations to cause someone to murder these people. But catching this killer is like grasping at straws, and grabbing the wrong one could mean losing not only her pride but also her boyfriend, her credibility, and her faith in humanity…
Deadly Impulse: be prepared for sleepless nights
So glad I was a bit behind on my to read list, because I had just finished Carolyn Arnold's Just Cause, when Deadly Impulse hit my bookshelf. If you have not had the chance to experience the Detective Madison Knight crime series, these two books could be read together. But you will want to go back to read the rest of the series to enjoy the masterful way Carolyn Arnold weaves her plot lines with ticklers for future cases, and the continued development of Madison as a person.
Deadly Impulse brings Madison Knight three seemingly related murders to solve, and as usual she jumps into the investigation head first. Even though one case is not assigned to her, Madison does not stand on protocol--a habitual irritant to her boss--and nothing keeps her from following all leads.
Grappling with PTSD from a near-death experience, Madison constantly struggles to keep the vows she'd made to herself if she survived, as well as to honor her partner's request that she never again put herself in harm's way without backup. Can Madison control the headstrong impulsivity that has threatened her life and career over and over again? Especially with three victims calling to her for justice.
And then there's that hunky new guy who clearly wants more than casual dates. Can Madison break the cycle of destructive past relationships to take this chance at happiness?
The pace is fast, with plot twists to make the book hard to put down. Carolyn Arnold leaves just enough plot lines open-ended to make you anticipate reading the next book.
This is the perfect book to cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of wine on a cold winter day--or if you're lucky enough, to read on a sunny warm beach!
Carolyn Arnold is on my list of favorite writers--you won't go wrong reading any of the four series she's currently offering.
DEADLY IMPULSE by Carolyn Arnold "Madison Knight" book 6 What is the connection with an elderly woman in a wheelchair, dead along the side of the road. Hanging around her neck, "put an end to abortion" . The wheelchair number is that of a missing wheelchair. Madison thought, hoped it would be an easy case, who and why of the case, to solve. They recognized the picture, she was a protestor, but the name, no one knew. A good plot, as you read, and try to figure out why an elder woman met her death this way.
Very poorly constructed writing. Characters lack development & maturity. Very unlikely, and often inappropriate conversational stream.