Beautiful Maids all in a Row by Jennifer Harlow 


Dr. Iris Ballard’s glory days are behind her, so when Luke Hudson, her former FBI partner and onetime lover, asks for help constructing a psychological profile of an elusive serial killer who murders single mothers and dumps their bodies in the woods, Iris turns him away. She just wants to be left alone with her infomercials, her German Shepherd, and her vodka. That is, until she gets a peek at the case files.

The media has dubbed him “the Woodsman.” But after Iris learns the sickening details held back from the press, and as she sets foot onto the scene of his latest crime, she assembles a portrait of a more complicated, enigmatic, meticulous man. Control is his motivation. He thrives on it. Soon he even tries to manipulate the investigation by contacting Iris, hoping to rattle the woman he considers an intellectual equal.

The game is on. Iris thinks she has a read on her target, enough to push his buttons, to make him lose control. But when the Woodsman gains the upper hand, Iris faces the most painful reckoning of all—with her own violent past.


This is a heart palpitating, fast paced, edge of your seat read. Dr. Iris Ballard is on the path of self destruction until the FBI call her back in to help profile “the Woodsman”. She must face her violent past to succeed in saving the lives of women on the Woodsman radar. 

I do not really know where to start. The book will keep you up late at night with its mounting anxiety.  The Woodsman is a serial killer abducting women and he wants to go toe to toe with Iris.  He is a sadistic, evil killer and Iris must overcome her many obstacles before she can take him on. But, take him on she does!  

I love Iris! Her strength and resilience are not to be matched. She is one smart, tough lady with a gun!  And she knows how to use it. This makes her much more endearing to me. I love strong women who are not afraid to tackle anything that comes their way. Iris is this type of character.  She also has a MOUTH on her…And in a mans world…she needs it and uses it well. 

I did feel the book is a little longer than necessary. However, it is still a fabulous read. I was reeled in HOOK, LINE AND SINKER!!! 

I received this novel through Netgalley for a honest review. 

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