Simon Says Die follows up on Lena Diaz’s He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not (see my post two weeks ago), in which Madison McKinley and Special Agent Pierce Buchanan made an appearance. Simon is a serial killer plying his trade on the streets of Savannah. The police have their hands full with their task force and are less than enthusiastic about a woman who calls them about a stalker only she has seen. So, when the man comes back, Madison takes matters into her own hands. Pierce doesn’t want to have to face the woman who broke his heart but he promised her brother, his best friend, to check on Madison. As with anything that has to do with Madison, he gets way more than he bargained for.
This story meshes mystery with suspense. Think Gaslight with all kinds of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Each bit of the puzzle is more intriguing than the last. Madison is spunky and feisty and keeps Pierce tied up in knots. Her gun fetish had me laughing out loud. She’s a woman of action, who doesn’t do orders well. Pierce is thrown off balance from the start. He wants to protect Madison, but even he isn’t sure what to believe. But, as the noose around Madison’t neck gets tighter, he can’t afford to have doubts. Someone is playing a deep game. Pierce may not know the rules, but he has every intention of winning. He isn’t about to lose Madison to a madman.
This is another winner from Diaz. Readers of romantic suspense will be delighted with this entry and clamoring for more.