Her skin was tinged with blue. Her ?esh becoming stiff—which was perfect.
Her eyes, through the ice, stared upward, yet they saw nothing and, unfortunately, she couldn’t appreciate how much love, affection and thought was going into this work.
No longer did her shallow breath cause the ice to melt near her nose, and her mouth, thankfully, had closed, her lips perfectly fused together, a darker blue . . . like Sleeping Beauty, he thought as he carefully poured another layer of water over her.
Ice crystals formed over her naked body, glazing the youthful ?esh, sparkling in the dim lights of his cavern.
Humming along to Christmas music playing from his battery-operated docking station in this, his private chamber, he sculpted. Carefully. With precise attention to detail. Perfection; that was what he was striving for. And he would get it.
He kept his sculpting room at thirty degrees, just below freezing, and his breath fogged as he worked in his underground studio. Though a snowstorm was raging through this section of the Bitterroot Mountains, down here, deep in the caves, the air was calm; not a breath of the wind could be heard.
Wearing a neoprene suit, gloves, boots and ski mask, he silently wished he could strip bare, feel the bite of cold air against his ?esh, feel more alive, but that would have to wait. He couldn’t be rash, couldn’t allow any bit of his skin or hair or even sweat to mar his work. Besides, there was always that sticky problem of DNA once the police became involved. That would be soon, he knew, because this piece of art was nearly ?nished. A little more whittling here, a bit of shaving there.
“Oh, the weather outside is frightful,” he sang along under his breath as the music reverberated through these linked caves that he’d claimed for his work. Hidden deep in these foothills, the caverns provided a perfect spot. A natural spring provided the water he needed, and battery-powered lights gave off a bluish glow. When he needed brighter light, he donned headlamps to illuminate the areas where he needed to work.
From deeper within his workspace he heard a pathetic mewl and he frowned. Why wouldn’t that woman just die, already? He’d given her enough sedatives to knock out an elephant and yet she lay on the precipice between consciousness and death, lingering. And moaning. He frowned, hit his chisel with his hammer and the blade slipped, slicing through his glove and nicking his ?nger. “Damn!” Blood, his damned blood fell in a singular drop along the ice. Quickly it froze and he, rather than smear it, let it dry, all the time irritated at the delay. Once it was solid, he cut around the rivulet, giving wide berth and making certain that no hint of red disturbed his perfect piece of art.
He was sweating by the time he was ?nished excavating the blood. Carefully, telling himself to be patient, he began pouring clear water from the spring over that ?aw in his masterpiece. Allowing the water to freeze, he waited impatiently before pouring a little more, until there was no hint of a ?ssure, no blemish visible.
“Perfect,” he whispered, satis?ed.
Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Jackson LLC
Fear grips the residents of Grizzly Falls in Lisa Jackson’s Afraid to Die, fourth in her “To Die” series, but none more so than the woman sworn to protect them. Detective Selena Alvarez, usually as tough as they come, is totally blindsided when the nude bodies of two women she knew are discovered frozen solid, deliberately displayed…and each adorned with a piece of her jewelry.
Detective Regan Pescoli isn’t about to show just how much concern she has for her partner’s safety, as she and the entire department fall in line to work the case—including P.I. Dylan O’Keefe, the guy Selena once thought she could love. But the killer knows all about the past Selena has long tried to outrun. In other words, she has every reason to be afraid.
Hardcover Book : 484 pages
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp ( June 26, 2012 )
Item #: 13-591020
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.72inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This was the best book I've read in a long time couldn't put it down just ordered 3 more of her books can't wait to read them.
Reviewer: Lakie J
lisa jackson was recommended to me by my boss..order this book read it liked it, let my boss read it ad she told me was a remake of the book already writen by her..just a character was added. whats with this ????
I had a really hard time getting through this one. I read it on and off over months instead of a day or two like I normally do when something really grabs me. I've enjoyed Lisa Jackson novels in the past but this one just didn't do it for me.
I sure don't understan what these "good" reviews were so taken with in this book. It is one of the most stupid and terrible stories I have ever read. Totally unbelievable,and ridicoulis characters. I would never recomend this book to anyone.
I usually like her books but was so bored with this one by the time we knew who the villian was i did'nt care.