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When I first started listening to this series about veterinary Rachel Goddard, I liked the setting (small town in southwestern Virginia) and her animal hospital with it's eclectic staff & patients. Despite Rachel's character being too weak for my tastes, I thought she would get stronger as she got settled in to the community, made friends and fell in love with Tom.
Regretfully, Rachel still acts like a teenager, reckless one moment, insecure the next. Yes, she has a kind heart but not much common sense. Although Rachel knows a young woman was murdered in their county and her sister is hiding in Rachel's home from a stalker, she doesn't do anything proactively to protect herself.
Rachel and her sister were kidnapped as small girls, making them secretive and untrusting of people. Understandable, but the sisters didn't seek professional therapy to heal the emotional wounds and learn better coping skills. Now in their 30s, they are still victims rather than survivors, which I find really annoying. It was hard to believe that Rachel's boyfriend Tom (great guy) put up with her secrecy and immaturity.
Additionally, the villains were too unbelievable to be realistic. No, not every stalker, murderer, and thug is all powerful, highly intelligent, financially secure and a convincing liar. While Bleeding Through was very well written with the potential to be a great story; I was too aggravated with Rachel's tendency toward martyrdom and the villain's "super powers" to enjoy this book.
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