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From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series. In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun. Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chau From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series. In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun. Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen. With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her. As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, Before He Kills marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


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From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series. In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun. Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chau From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series. In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun. Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen. With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her. As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, Before He Kills marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

30 review for Before He Kills

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Got this when it was free on Amazon and I fell for the pretty cover. Unfortunately, the story was a little disappointing. It's a very formulaic tale with cookie-cutter characters: young, female detective fighting for respect in a male-dominated environment while chasing a fanatic serial killer and simultaneously having the typical relationship and family issues. The female lead was over the top intuitive and made the rest of the police force look like total idiots, which made a lot of the story Got this when it was free on Amazon and I fell for the pretty cover. Unfortunately, the story was a little disappointing. It's a very formulaic tale with cookie-cutter characters: young, female detective fighting for respect in a male-dominated environment while chasing a fanatic serial killer and simultaneously having the typical relationship and family issues. The female lead was over the top intuitive and made the rest of the police force look like total idiots, which made a lot of the story too unbelievable. Quick, easy read without any depth to it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    So glad I downloaded this one. Great mystery and plot and loved the characters. Twisted story that sucked me right in! Go read this!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Jones

    Mackenzie White is a detective in a small town in Nebraska. A young and inexperienced officer, her older, male colleagues treat her with disrespect and undermine her authority. That is, until a serial killer starts targeting women in and around their town. When Mackenzie is the first to uncover a valuable lead, she is promoted to head the investigation. Local opinion quickly changes as she narrows down the killer. Obviously the 1 star rating means that I did not like the book. However, let me pre Mackenzie White is a detective in a small town in Nebraska. A young and inexperienced officer, her older, male colleagues treat her with disrespect and undermine her authority. That is, until a serial killer starts targeting women in and around their town. When Mackenzie is the first to uncover a valuable lead, she is promoted to head the investigation. Local opinion quickly changes as she narrows down the killer. Obviously the 1 star rating means that I did not like the book. However, let me preface by saying that this book was a free download. If you are stuck in an airport, out of books to read, or just want a quick and mindless page turner, this isn't the worst option - if it is still free. Here are my top 4 issues with Before He Kills. 1. A realistic mystery/thriller needs to be REALISTIC. Mackenzie is the most stereotypical female character I have ever read about. She is pretty, extremely fit, can eat anything and stay thin, successful, the object of every man's eye, stuck with a dead beat boyfriend and underestimated because of her gender. Of course she pushes for equality and immediately gets it after uncovering one basic lead. A character must have flaws for the reader to relate to him/her. Blake Pierce over characterized Mackenzie to the point of being almost laughable. Furthermore, when a character is facing a challenge, it is important that he or she realistically resolves it and suffers from it to be a sympathetic problem. 2. A good mystery/thriller presents the predator discreetly to cause suspense and anticipation. Pierce almost immediately wrote from the serial killer's perspective and the took away the "whodunnit." From the beginning the reader knew who the serial killer was and why he was killing the women. Then it was just waiting for Detective Mackenzie White to catch up and figure it out. Very boring. 3. Good writing shows the reader, it doesn't tell the reader. Analogies and similes are to creatively describe what is happening; entertain and engross the reader. Explaining each simile and analogy defeats the purpose. If a writer needs to explain an analogy and why it relates to the story, he/she probably selected the wrong one. 4. Blake Pierce needs a new editor. This may have help with number 3 as well. However, the sheer number of grammatical errors was incredibly distracting. Pierce even got situational facts mixed up. Overall, Before He Kills was a large disappointment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    I love that she doesnt change her main character throughout the book. Most authors decide that they want to character to change and be something more something different but she made her character strong and resilient from the start. The case Detective White is working on is intriguing as all mystery novels should be but i was never really trying to figure out who killed the women. I needed more from the characters, i needed to believe that one of the main people were in on the kills, not just b I love that she doesnt change her main character throughout the book. Most authors decide that they want to character to change and be something more something different but she made her character strong and resilient from the start. The case Detective White is working on is intriguing as all mystery novels should be but i was never really trying to figure out who killed the women. I needed more from the characters, i needed to believe that one of the main people were in on the kills, not just believing it was some random person. I understand that in real life the killer doesn't usually work on the police force or is your partner or anythig crazy but this is fiction and i want crazy, suspense, and misleading trust. For a mystery novel i want to be on the edge of my seat and questioning every character whoes good and whoes bad. I want there to be suspense and well mystery and i didnt get that from this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    K

    I love a strong female lead, but Mackenzie White is not that. Her character has no actual redeeming qualities. Her "brilliant" insights are super obvious to anyone who has ever seen an episode of Criminal Minds. Apparently the author thinks Omaha PD is filled with idiots, because Mackenzie is praised on every page for unearthing clues that any detective with 5 minutes of experience would notice. There are roughly a million better murder mysteries than this one. Including the author's own Once Gon I love a strong female lead, but Mackenzie White is not that. Her character has no actual redeeming qualities. Her "brilliant" insights are super obvious to anyone who has ever seen an episode of Criminal Minds. Apparently the author thinks Omaha PD is filled with idiots, because Mackenzie is praised on every page for unearthing clues that any detective with 5 minutes of experience would notice. There are roughly a million better murder mysteries than this one. Including the author's own Once Gone. Even at $0.00, you can do better. The description makes it sound so exciting - it isn't. (minor plot insights follow but they aren't really spoilers as they occur fairly early on and/or are obvious to predict) Her "dark past" - her dad was murdered. Her "failed relationships"? She is 25 and has just broken up with her boyfriend of the past 8 years. Breaking up with your teenage boyfriend is more like successful end to a relationship. Her "attraction to the FBI agent" is like 3 pages of "oh he's cute and listens to my ideas".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Strega

    First off - Blake Pierce needs a new editor. Some of the goofs were laughable, like, internet illiterate laughable. Each one jerked me out of the story, and I had to find my way back. Which was a shame. This is a good story. A bit formulatic - woman detective has to 'prove' herself, gets pushed off big case that reminds her of her past, solves it anyway while getting hurt/beaten/almost killed. But overall, it was a decent read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Authorjen

    Before He Kills is another formulaic murder mystery with a flawed lead detective who has a traumatic past to come to grips with. I've read a thousand books just like it. While it was a good enough effort, it just wasn't original or interesting enough to call good. It was entirely predictable without a single twist or turn. There were even typos. (Noting, where it should have been nothing. Ug! Editing, please!) It's hard to like the protagonist. It's not that she's unlikable, it's just that there' Before He Kills is another formulaic murder mystery with a flawed lead detective who has a traumatic past to come to grips with. I've read a thousand books just like it. While it was a good enough effort, it just wasn't original or interesting enough to call good. It was entirely predictable without a single twist or turn. There were even typos. (Noting, where it should have been nothing. Ug! Editing, please!) It's hard to like the protagonist. It's not that she's unlikable, it's just that there's not much substance. Not much to like, dislike, or care about either way. And what was that mystery squeaky board she was hearing at night anyway? Just PTSD? Since this is one of a series, I suppose the author will delve further into Mackenzie's personal issues in more detail in subsequent books. But I won't be reading them. I could not, in good conscience, recommend this book. Maybe to a middle school book club, but then again, it was a bit too violent for even that. It just wasn't very good, IMO. One and a half stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Die Grundidee und den Fall selber finde ich sehr interessant und davon habe ich auch nicht unbedingt schon so oft gelesen und dazu kommt noch, dass man praktisch durch die Seiten fliegt, weil das Buch schon packend ist. Die Protagonistin finde ich, sagen wir es einmal so, schwierig. Einerseits verstehe ich, wofür sie stehen soll, eine starke unabhängige Frau, die schon früh wusste, was sie machen möchte und schon sehr jung relativ weit oben auf der Karriereleiter ist. Und zum einen ist sie auch g Die Grundidee und den Fall selber finde ich sehr interessant und davon habe ich auch nicht unbedingt schon so oft gelesen und dazu kommt noch, dass man praktisch durch die Seiten fliegt, weil das Buch schon packend ist. Die Protagonistin finde ich, sagen wir es einmal so, schwierig. Einerseits verstehe ich, wofür sie stehen soll, eine starke unabhängige Frau, die schon früh wusste, was sie machen möchte und schon sehr jung relativ weit oben auf der Karriereleiter ist. Und zum einen ist sie auch genau diese Frau, aber dann auf der anderen Seite auch sehr weinerlich und beschwert sich sehr sehr oft über Dinge, anstatt etwas dagegen zu machen, oder einfach darüber hinweg zu sehen, so blöd das auch klingen mag. Das Ende hat mich aber ehrlicherweise nicht so sehr gepackt, dass ich unbedingt den zweiten Teil davon lesen müsste, auch wenn es kein schlechtes Buch war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I read this book on my Kindle because I needed a book set in the state of Nebraska. This was a new to me author. I wasn't very impressed. Typical girl detective trying to prove to "the guys" that she is just as good or better than them. Because a serial killer was kidnapping strippers, tying them to crosses and then whipping them to death, the FBI was brought in. The agent was impressed with her, and at the end she is off to join the FBI. I guess there are two more books in the series, but don't I read this book on my Kindle because I needed a book set in the state of Nebraska. This was a new to me author. I wasn't very impressed. Typical girl detective trying to prove to "the guys" that she is just as good or better than them. Because a serial killer was kidnapping strippers, tying them to crosses and then whipping them to death, the FBI was brought in. The agent was impressed with her, and at the end she is off to join the FBI. I guess there are two more books in the series, but don't think I will be reading them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Berent

    Horroroso. Trama flojísima, personajes estúpidos y estereotipados. El peor libro que he tenido la desgracia de leer en este año.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jool

    This is one of the best series with a female detective that I have ever read! Blake Pierce is one of my favorite authors and has several different series out, all of which I love. This is a solid five star book. The main character, Mackenzie White, is absolutely real to me. She is working on her ability to get into the killer's mind, which helps her work on cases. But I like that she also has her times of self-doubt, makes mistakes, and breaks rules. In other words, she is a real person, not a s This is one of the best series with a female detective that I have ever read! Blake Pierce is one of my favorite authors and has several different series out, all of which I love. This is a solid five star book. The main character, Mackenzie White, is absolutely real to me. She is working on her ability to get into the killer's mind, which helps her work on cases. But I like that she also has her times of self-doubt, makes mistakes, and breaks rules. In other words, she is a real person, not a superhero-type character. You'll find that the author creates some of the most amazing plots and each books makes the reader wonder how in the world the case can ever be solved. I highly recommend this series, and anything by Blake Pierce.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peter Griffin

    In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Newhauser

    Beach literature aka an easy read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Yair-Levy

    Before He Kills by Blake Pierce was incredibly thrilling. Kind of a mesh of Criminals Minds and CSI, which totally isn’t my thing when it comes to books. But I LOVED it. Usually (for me) crime suspense is quite dry and slow paced but this novel starts off with a bang and keeps you on your toes the entire time while slowly feeding you clues until a crazy ending. I absolutely recommend it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nik's Nook

    Quick and easy read. If the whole series is Mackenzie trying to prove herself as a woman in her field and making a foolish mistake because of that, I'll pass. If it was only for the first book to get her established as a character, then I'm okay with it. I'm just not crazy about "I'm a woman hear me roar" and then "oops I fucked up because I was too busy roaring" stuff... but that's just my personal opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary K Kohl

    An OK read I was disappointed in this book, because I feel the author should have some basic research on the city of Omaha. I guess being from Nebraska and knowing Omaha is our largest city, I just couldn't get into it. Also the principal of the Catholic school: was she a nun, a MS. or a Mrs. I like Blake's books, usually, but was disappointed in this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Antonella 📚

    Buona, anche se non proprio originale, l'idea che muove l'indagine. Meno i personaggi; direi che l'autore ha avuto la maestria di renderli abbastanza antipatici, anche se alla fine interviene una sorta di riscatto un po' per tutti. Peccato, poi, che questa edizione eBook sia stata inficiata da diversi svarioni grammaticali (e non), frutto - forse - di una traduzione approssimativa, tipo: "Ellington prese l’iniziativa, e Mackenzie non aveva nulla in contrario." "Non davvero le dispiacesse, era solo c Buona, anche se non proprio originale, l'idea che muove l'indagine. Meno i personaggi; direi che l'autore ha avuto la maestria di renderli abbastanza antipatici, anche se alla fine interviene una sorta di riscatto un po' per tutti. Peccato, poi, che questa edizione eBook sia stata inficiata da diversi svarioni grammaticali (e non), frutto - forse - di una traduzione approssimativa, tipo: "Ellington prese l’iniziativa, e Mackenzie non aveva nulla in contrario." "Non davvero le dispiacesse, era solo che..." "... lo sai vero che pensare sempre a tuo padre quando le cose non vanno bene durante un’indagine è una forma masochismo?" "Fu quel particolare a far tornarle di colpo tutto in mente." No comment. Nonostante tutto non mi è dispiaciuto; le tre stelle non sono proprio piene... ma ci possono stare.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Noninuna

    It's a good starting point for a series & I especially love the ending. However, I got tired of some parts in which it kept reminding reader about how Mackenzie views her position & the way others seems to treat her. The word 'respect' itself was getting on my nerve! Mackenzie herself is a walking contradiction. She hate how the rest of the force sees her as a young policewoman, who're more suitable at home in the kitchen but she kept generalizing men; either with Porter or Nelson as the It's a good starting point for a series & I especially love the ending. However, I got tired of some parts in which it kept reminding reader about how Mackenzie views her position & the way others seems to treat her. The word 'respect' itself was getting on my nerve! Mackenzie herself is a walking contradiction. She hate how the rest of the force sees her as a young policewoman, who're more suitable at home in the kitchen but she kept generalizing men; either with Porter or Nelson as the model. I saw the meaning of the first clue she found at the first murder scene from miles away, it's not a surprise at all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ferb Fletcher

    In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was great. I enjoyed this much more than the first Riley Page mystery. I enjoyed that as well but this was better. I am bummed I don’t have the second in this series yet. I look forward to following Mackenzie more on her new journey.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eppie

    Not the best crafted mystery--there were holes all over the story, terribly obvious red herrings, some pretty sloppy detective work, etc. Mostly, I was just annoyed that the main character seemed to think that people didn't like her because she was a woman, when in reality, she was kind of an unsufferable perfectionist who thought she was better than everyone else and seemed to lack basic curtesy. The fact that she has no relationships with female characters to offer contrast seems to support th Not the best crafted mystery--there were holes all over the story, terribly obvious red herrings, some pretty sloppy detective work, etc. Mostly, I was just annoyed that the main character seemed to think that people didn't like her because she was a woman, when in reality, she was kind of an unsufferable perfectionist who thought she was better than everyone else and seemed to lack basic curtesy. The fact that she has no relationships with female characters to offer contrast seems to support this. I'm sure that even if she did have female friends she would probably piss them off too for the same reason (like where she gets on the bad side of the school principal).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda Tucker

    This book has an over-used storyline: young female detective, trying to overcome prejudices in a male-dominated work place. The author tries too hard to put the main character in place as a rogue thinker. She also needs a new editor. Some of the errors are so glaring as to be funny. I had to flip back several times to make sure it was as blatant an error as I thought it was.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Renaissance I

    Would not read again. Didn't finish book and don't want to. Boring story line. Boring main character. I get it. They hate you because you are a young female police officer. Got tired of her saying it all the time honestly.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lauren-Eva

    Seemed generic and very formulaic. The tension between the lead character and her coworkers seemed forced and unnecessary and detached from the story. It also made her coworkers and boss look like they were greatly incompetent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 20% in and so far I'm annoyed. Mackenzie's partner is a jackass. I hope she shows him what's up. Infuriating men thinking women can't do things as well as them. 40% in now and oh boy this new juicy guy from the FBI seems to be just what Mackenzie needs. Now if only she could get rid of the baggage she calls the boyfriend. So right now I obviously have no idea who the murderer is but I believe he does it for religious reasons. The line of work the women are in leads me to believe that, now if only 20% in and so far I'm annoyed. Mackenzie's partner is a jackass. I hope she shows him what's up. Infuriating men thinking women can't do things as well as them. 40% in now and oh boy this new juicy guy from the FBI seems to be just what Mackenzie needs. Now if only she could get rid of the baggage she calls the boyfriend. So right now I obviously have no idea who the murderer is but I believe he does it for religious reasons. The line of work the women are in leads me to believe that, now if only I could figure out the numbers on the poles, maybe bible verses??? 75% in now: **"And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, and a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled: Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest." ** I KNEW IT!!!!! So I have a feeling 1 of 2 things will happen here. Mackenzie is either going to leave to check out the "other lead" OR something is going to go wrong and they're not going to get the guy, maybe Mackenzie is the one he has his eyes set on? Guess I need to find out! ******Finally done. So this may not have been my favorite series by Blake Pierce but this is probably my 2nd out of the 3 I've read so far. The detail he puts into these books is really amazing. Makes me wonder how a writer has that many in depth details in his head for so many different mystery/suspense stories. I liked how this book took on a more religious tone it was very well thought out. Defiantly a great read. I LOVED the character Mackenzie, strong, smart as hell and fierce.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mel Ann

    Fast paced physiological thriller Making a name for herself in the Nebraska department seems to be one of many obstacles that Detective Mackenzie White has to endure. The lack of respect from her peers is clear as they seem the be wary of her being young and most of all female. Called to the scene of a crime Detective Mackenzie can feel the eyes burning into her as she runs through her investigation. One thing is for sure, she has the skills of a much more seasoned Detective. Her fear in this cas Fast paced physiological thriller Making a name for herself in the Nebraska department seems to be one of many obstacles that Detective Mackenzie White has to endure. The lack of respect from her peers is clear as they seem the be wary of her being young and most of all female. Called to the scene of a crime Detective Mackenzie can feel the eyes burning into her as she runs through her investigation. One thing is for sure, she has the skills of a much more seasoned Detective. Her fear in this case is that this will not be the last they will see from this specific killer. It isn't long before the word is out and the bodies keep dropping that the killer is named , "The Scarecrow Killer." Time is something the Detectives do not have and Mackenzie finds herself at the head of the investigation. A call into the FBI seems warranted and with their presence more resources will be available. A psychological suspense thriller that will have you playing Detective. There were a few places where the story line shifted and I caught more than a few editing issues. It was apparent that the department was mostly male dominant and they saw Mackenzie as a threat. I enjoyed how the relationship with Porter and Nelson bloomed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This book really helped me get out of my long reading slump. I am however rating it at 4 stars as I felt that at times the suspense could have been built up a bit more, that being said the storyline was highly addictive because the chapters were quite short and I managed to read it in a few days. I felt that the chapters set with the narrative of the killer were really interesting because it enabled me to grasp more of an insight into the thoughts of the killer and his true motives, it also allo This book really helped me get out of my long reading slump. I am however rating it at 4 stars as I felt that at times the suspense could have been built up a bit more, that being said the storyline was highly addictive because the chapters were quite short and I managed to read it in a few days. I felt that the chapters set with the narrative of the killer were really interesting because it enabled me to grasp more of an insight into the thoughts of the killer and his true motives, it also allowed me to make some of the connections Detective White had not. I felt that having a female narrator helped to gain an insight into the stereotypes of women that are still around and how some men can still feel put off and threatened by a female showing such high potential as the Mackenzie did. It was an amazing mystery that is short and easy to jump into, I really enjoyed the writing style and I feel that anyone who likes mysteries should give it a go! :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Excellent thriller" Very difficult to find fault in this tense thriller. Mackenzie White is a strong, intelligent female lead character who could easily be imagined in a successful TV series. Naturally, she has a troubled past. That seems to go with the territory these days. Issues with her father haunt her. Kane, her partner is a loser, which begs the question why she's with him; but in many ways, that's life isn't it? Her police colleagues conform to the accepted stereotype. The serial killer "Excellent thriller" Very difficult to find fault in this tense thriller. Mackenzie White is a strong, intelligent female lead character who could easily be imagined in a successful TV series. Naturally, she has a troubled past. That seems to go with the territory these days. Issues with her father haunt her. Kane, her partner is a loser, which begs the question why she's with him; but in many ways, that's life isn't it? Her police colleagues conform to the accepted stereotype. The serial killer is sketched less fully, but he takes some hunting down. Despite the apparent cliches in the make-up of the cast, there's a really well-developed plot, and the tension builds as we near the final reckoning.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    My cousin introduced me to Blake Pierce around two years ago when she bought all his free e books. My first book was a Riley Page novel and since I am over listening to the radio I thought I’d download the first audiobook of this series. If you’re looking for a fantastic crime based thriller that covers all potential plot holes and is akin to the way a real police service runs, then this book is not for you. If you can endure cliches, cheesy protagonist who thinks everyone is out to get her cos My cousin introduced me to Blake Pierce around two years ago when she bought all his free e books. My first book was a Riley Page novel and since I am over listening to the radio I thought I’d download the first audiobook of this series. If you’re looking for a fantastic crime based thriller that covers all potential plot holes and is akin to the way a real police service runs, then this book is not for you. If you can endure cliches, cheesy protagonist who thinks everyone is out to get her cos she’s a young woman with a striking and incredibly uncanny ability to get in to the mind of a killer better than anyone else then this book is your thing. If you can look past some sometimes obvious bad dialogue and some unrealistic twists and turns so you can enjoy an easy read, then go right ahead and read this one. I like quick reads. Someone mentioned in the reviews that there are those who enjoy reading trashy romance and there are some that enjoy trashy crime. I am that person too. These series are the mills and boons of the crime genre.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lu

    Meh. Bit boring honestly, but it was decent. It was like an episode of Law and Order SVU but not as good. Interesting concepts, but I could predict the plot early on. Clearly lots of relationships with other characters have been set up for future novels in this series but I'm not sure I'll continue reading and ever get to see what (I predict) is going to happen. Pretty good for a free book though!

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