title, "Killer Chameleon" certainly fits this book because
the killer assumes so many different likenesses, changing appearances
and identities from one minute to the next to fit the situation
as she stalks former D.C. cop Leigh Ann Warren. At first it all
seems like annoying mischief but soon turns to vandalism and finally
escalates to murder.
Leigh is going through a lot
of changes in her life and would like to concentrate on the new
career in her future as well as her upcoming wedding. The Chameleon
has other plans as she constantly undermines and disrupts Leigh's
efforts and preparations.
When Leigh's fiance's housekeeper
is found dead and stuffed in the trunk of a car once belonging to
Leigh, the investigation shifts into high gear. The killer is not
deterred by police pressure and continues to get closer and closer
to her intended victim. The closer she gets, the more the drama
and tension build.
One of the things that I enjoyed most
about this book was Ms West's graphic development of each character.
It's clearly a black and white picture with the good guys who surround
Leigh being extremely likable, full of life and full of personality,
while the villain is fittingly sinister with a dark persona and
a twisted view of the world around her. The story moves at just
the right pace, it doesn't make the reader feel rushed but it will
satisfy even the most ravenous adventure hound.
Killer Chameleon is part
of a series, and I'm somewhat at a disadvantage for not having read
the earlier installments. West, however does a good enough job of
filling in a few background details, so I had no problem falling
right in step with the action. It's a good book worthy of a starred