Detective Jack Mitchell is not a people person. After fourteen years dealing with the monsters of society, he has learned to keep people at arm’s length. Failing is his biggest frustration, and on the case of his career, he is having no luck hunting down a copycat serial killer…or the one man who survived the original case.
Six years ago, Will Blaikie was taken by a monster who changed his life forever. Narrowly surviving, he has become a prisoner in his own home. Friendless and alone, he watches in horror as a new monster emerges who only wants to copy the murderous deeds of Will’s monster…including taking Will.
At first, Saved reminded me of a lot of other stories that I’ve read in the genre, and it wasn’t hard to recognize a lot of the story influences. Surly, not-well-liked cop and his partner are working a serial killer case and must get in touch with the lone survivor, a traumatized man who will have to face the nightmare of his past if he wants to have a future. And, really, that’s what the story is. But there’s more to it as well.
Jack has hidden depths. He’s got a dedicated partner, someone who understands the grumpiness hides a far more gooey core than anyone could predict. That core leads Jack his job as a cop, and more specifically, to the undeniable desire to protect Will, both from the demons in his mind and the one who could be out to get him. He’d spare Will the horror of facing what was done to him, if he could, but in order to stop a killer they needed information.
But did that need put Will in the sights of a depraved sociopath or was he already in the crosshairs?
For all the plot was predictable, the characters pulled me into the story. I had to wade through the initial chapters, which were clunky in their telling, but that smoothed out. I was drawn into the drama, into the feelings growing between Jack and Will, the danger threatening them. Given another fifty pages, or so, the author could’ve introduced more relationship progression and maybe a few twists, but for a first-time author, Karrie Roman’s Saved is an excellent story with main characters who make you root for them to triumph over the evil they face.