Gillian Parker is the target of a crazed killer who believes that defects should not be allowed to live In his first attack, he merely terrorizes her by breaking into her apartment and rearranging her furniture so that when she returns from her walk to the beach with Garrett her guide dog she is totally confused by the arrangement of her belongings, knowing that someone has been in her apartment.Rye Bryant is the detective assigned to the case and despite department protocol is immediately at Gillian Parker is the target of a crazed killer who believes that defects should not be allowed to live In his first attack, he merely terrorizes her by breaking into her apartment and rearranging her furniture so that when she returns from her walk to the beach with Garrett her guide dog she is totally confused by the arrangement of her belongings, knowing that someone has been in her apartment.Rye Bryant is the detective assigned to the case and despite department protocol is immediately attracted to Gillian and asks her out to dinner after only a few days on the case.Alex, the psychopath was once a gentle loving boy with a kind heart and a love for creatures whether they were disabled or not His father however, beat that out of him, literally, instilling in him the concept that it is the survival of the fittest and animals with defects must be put down.The third person point of view moves between Gillian and Alex so we have an awareness of what each is doing throughout the novel We have the ability to see Alex state of mind and how it changed and developed while the characters do not.We see Gillian and Rye s characters and romance develop through the novel as they interact with one another and tell each other their life story It takes a lot for Gillian to be comfortable enough with Rye to discuss her past I felt that this book wasof a romantic suspense than a psychological thriller.The twists and turns in the story brought additional mayhem to the residents of the town and almost killed Gillian before Alex wanted her dead Ultimately, no one can answer the question of why Alex felt so much hatred toward this one particular person Gillian over all the other defects that he killed.I liked seeing the change in Gillian s relationship with her mother from what she described in the past to what it is now that she is an adult Whether that was a result of Gillian s perspective or of her mother s mellowing is left to the imagination.I also liked that the author has done some research into how blind people handle some of their life skills such as how to label their clothes and locate items at a table setting The only thing the author missed is that blind or not it is appropriate to use the word look or see even if the blind person is using their hands to do so since the hands are performing the tasks of the eyes.I very much enjoyed Survival of the Fittest It is a book that holds your attention and keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next I would recommend it to those who enjoy psychological thrillers and romantic suspense I gave it 4 stars out of 5.Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review A positive opinion was not required All thoughts are my own.To see my complete review visit Shelf Full of Books One tragic childhood night, Gillian lost her father and her sight in a horrific accident Blind and bereft, she was forced to endure the suffocating control of her over protective mother until the day she was old enough to break free With Garrett, her beloved seeing eye dog, at her side, Gillian made a simple, yet independent life for herself in a California coastal town Strong of faith, lighthearted, and graceful, Gillian has never had reason to fear anything until nowA madman bent on ridding the world of defects has set his sights on Gillian As he begins his horrific game of cat and mouse, each act of terror meant to break Gillian down, he must struggle with his own inner demons to hold himself together Destroying Gillian may be the only way he can gain salvation or at least lie to himself that he isn t falling apart and becoming a defect himself In a game of cat and mouse, it can take all you ve got to not be the mouse Gillian, as a child, loses her sight in a tragic accident, in which she also loses her father In time she manages to escape from the clutches of her over protective mother and now leads a successful and independent life, watched over by her seeing eye dog, Garrett, who accompanies her everywhere.Alex, a child traumatised and bullied, brought up by an abusive father, grows into a man who hates defects as he calls anyone with a disability He wants to rid the world of them Gillian becomes his Gillian, as a child, loses her sight in a tragic accident, in which she also loses her father In time she manages to escape from the clutches of her over protective mother and now leads a successful and independent life, watched over by her seeing eye dog, Garrett, who accompanies her everywhere.Alex, a child traumatised and bullied, brought up by an abusive father, grows into a man who hates defects as he calls anyone with a disability He wants to rid the world of them Gillian becomes his latest target and the story follows his stalking of Gillian and his attacks on her.Detective Ryesam Rye Bryant is already investigating several similar cases and is attached to Gillian s case Gillian manages to escape the clutches of Alex who becomes increasingly agitated as he hears his father s voice He thinks his father is there, but the voice is in his head, goading him He washes his hands compulsively and smashes up his apartment.The book is a psychological thriller with romance thrown in, as Gillian and Rye fall in love The impetus of the thriller becomes a bit lost in places due to all the kissing and cuddling by the loved up pair I understand what the author was trying to convey, but for me, it wasn t as thrilling as it could have been Great story, very well written Had me hooked from the first page Looking forward to the next book.I have already told all of my friends to get it Won t loan out my copy I have ordered extra copies for Christmas.