the burden of hate
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The Burden Of Hate

Having read the first two books in the series, I was looking forward to reading The Burden of Hate. I’m not sure how much a new reader to this book as a standalone would enjoy it, but I certainly did.

The Burden Of Hate

Book Title: The Burden of Hate (An Annie Collins Mystery) by Helen Starbuck
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 216 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Routt Street Press
Content Rating: R. Several explicit sex scenes, profanity, medical scenes

How far would you go for someone you love? How much hate would you need to commit murder? Revenge. Hate. Fear. Not exactly traditional wedding gifts. But when convicted killer Ian Patterson escapes from prison, operating room nurse Annie Collins and fiancé assistant district attorney Angel Cisneros are forced to confront these realities head on. Will Ian Patterson’s quest for revenge toward the two people responsible for sending him to prison—Annie Collins and Angel Cisneros—bring them face to face to settle the score once and for all? Find out why Kirkus Reviews calls The Burden of Hate“A thriller that offers a master class in suspense.”

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My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

While I completely enjoyed the suspense and mystery, what really made me enjoy the book was the emergence of a stronger Annie and how the story of her and Angel emerged.

It seemed like the story and the characters keep getting better as I progressed from The Mad Hatter’s Son to No Pity in Death and now to this third book in the Annie Collins’ Mystery series. I enjoyed this book the most of the three as the story of Annie really seemed to come together more fully in it.

A completely engaging light mystery/ psychological suspense series.

Meet The Author

Helen Starbuck

Helen Starbuck is a Colorado native, former OR nurse, and award-winning author of the standalone romantic suspense novel Legacy of Secrets, and the Annie Collins Mystery Series. She loves mysteries, suspense, romance, and any book that is well written. She’s a huge fan of books with independent, strong, women characters and, as Neil Gaiman says, “…stories where women save themselves.”

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