Recent Reads: Criminal Intentions Season Two and Run Wild, Run Free

A couple of weeks back I devoted my Recent Reads blog to Season One of Criminal Intentions by Cole McCade. Since then, I have been compelled to read Season Two, as I am completely addicted to detective and romantic partners Malcolm and Seong-Jae. So this week I have to devote some space to raving about it. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

In Season Two, Cole takes us away from the police procedural setting in Baltimore explored in Season One as our couple is seconded to the FBI in Los Angeles (Seong-Jae’s family base plus his place of previous employment) in a gripping investigation to track down the terrifying Golden Ratio killer.

This is not only a tense race against time in a gruelling manhunt but also delves into the strain of this brutal case on our couple. This is particularly difficult for Seong-Jae, not only facing his more recent ex, the FBI division chief, Aanga Joshi but also coming to terms with his troubled teenage years and their consequences as a connection between the Golden Ratio killer and Sila becomes apparent.

I found this an amazing combination of deeply scary twistedness (I had to skim-read over some of the gorier bits as I’m such a wuss) balanced by the depth and sweetness of Seong-Jae and Malcolm’s relationship. An edge of the seat read throughout. And yes, I’ve already started on Season Three!

In complete contrast to tracking down modern American serial killers, Fiona Glass’ new release Run Wild, Run Free is a gentle foray into a small-minded, small mining town in 1950s England.

Neuro-divergent Joey, considered locally as ‘different’ is struggling at the cusp of adulthood within the narrow confines of parental and societal expectations when he meets charismatic Billy, a member of the travelling community, in the area for seasonal work. The two young men initially bond over a shared love of the natural world.

Joey’s point of view is so engaging and endearing with his clear-sighted outlook as he gradually accepts his emerging feelings for Billy and matures as a consequence. The romance is very sweet and special with Billy’s care and desire for Joey shining through.

What made this beautifully written story so special for this reader were the detailed and exquisite descriptions of the countryside through Joey’s eyes. As with all Fiona‘s stories, I found Run Wild, Run Free so emotionally satisfying, as Joey found his voice and his chance of escape from his humdrum existence in this gorgeously evocative and atmospheric story.


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