Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Language: English
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The serial killer sitting across from me had his son’s eyes. The same shape.
The same color. But the glint in those eyes, the light of anticipation—that’s
wholly your own.
Experience—and my FBI mentors—had taught me that I could delve
further into other people’s minds by talking to them than by talking about
them. Giving in to the urge to profile, I continued to appraise the man across
from me. You’ll hurt me if you can. I knew that, had known it even before
coming to this maximum security prison and seeing the subtle smile that
crossed Daniel Redding’s lips the moment his gaze met mine. Hurting me
will hurt the boy. I sank deeper and deeper into Redding’s psychopathic
perspective. And the boy is yours to hurt.
It didn’t matter that Daniel Redding’s hands were cuffed together and
chained to the table. It didn’t matter that there was an armed FBI agent at the
door. The man in front of me was one of the world’s most brutal serial killers,
and if I let him past my defenses, he would burn his mark into my soul as
surely as he’d branded the letter R onto the flesh of his victims.
Bind them. Brand them. Cut them. Hang them.
That was how Redding had killed his victims. But that wasn’t what had
brought me here today.
“You told me once that I would never find the man who killed my
mother,” I said, sounding calmer than I felt. I knew this particular psychopath
well enough to know that he would try to get a rise out of me.
You’ll try to burrow into my mind, to plant questions and doubts so that
when I walk out of this room, a part of you goes with me.
That was what Redding had done months ago when he’d dropped that
bombshell about my mother. And that was why I was here now.
“Did I say that?” Redding asked with a slow and subtle smile. “It does
sound like something I might have mentioned, but…” He lifted his shoulders
in an elaborate shrug.
I folded my hands on the table and waited. You’re the one who wanted me
to come back here. You’re the one who set the lure. This is me, taking the
Eventually, Redding broke the silence. “You must have something else to
say to me.” Redding had an organized killer’s capacity for patience—but
only on his own terms, not on mine. “After all,” he continued, a low hum in
his voice, “you and I have so very much in common.”
I knew he was referencing my relationship with his son. And I knew that
to get what I wanted, I’d have to acknowledge that. “You’re talking about
The moment I said Dean’s name, Redding’s twisted smile deepened. My
boyfriend—and fellow Natural—didn’t know that I was here. He would have
insisted on coming with me, and I couldn’t do that to him. Daniel Redding
was a master of manipulation, but nothing he said could possibly hurt me the
way every word out of his mouth would have shredded Dean.
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