Women are turning up dead on the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige.
Riley is on paid leave, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes onboard, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families and into the darkest canals of the killer's mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined. In a frantic race against time, she finds herself pushed to her limit, her job on the line, her own family in danger, and her fragile psyche collapsing.
Yet once Riley Paige takes on a case, she will not quit. It obsesses her, leading her to the darkest corners of her own mind, blurring the lines between hunter and hunted. After a series of unexpected twists, her instincts lead her to a shocking climax that even Riley could not have imagined.
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Drawn in from the start
Jumping from perspectives without revealing the killer really brings an interesting level of curiosity to the book. Elaine brings Blake's characters to life with her narration.
Yes. It's an 8 hour long version of good crime drama TV. You not only want to know who's the killer, you want to know how the characters will resolve issues in their own lives.
Riley in this book. (I am on book 6 of the series now)
I got physically anxious at times and cried a bit at the death of some.
I'm shocked to see negative reactions to this book. I've not picked up a book since highschool and this series has gotten me hooked.
Believable characters. Plausible situations.
The characters and plot could be generated by a really old computer program or a very stupid AI. The characters are stock and thinly drawn. People behave in a caricatured way. There way to much graphic violence.
Someone who speaks with an american accent.
I hate the detective in jeopardy plotline. And the continuing threat from an evil offstage character. YUCK.
- Zoe C. Johnson