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Women are turning up dead in 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 herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial Women are turning up dead in 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 herself, 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 on board, 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. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. Book #2 and #3 in the Riley Paige series are also available.


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Women are turning up dead in 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 herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial Women are turning up dead in 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 herself, 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 on board, 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. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, ONCE GONE marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. Book #2 and #3 in the Riley Paige series are also available.

30 review for Once Gone

  1. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I gave this book half a star but rounded it up to 1 star for Goodreads. Has been done better by others out there. Who knew a book about a serial killer and a former case involving another serial killer could be boring. Taking place in Virginia and Washington, D.C. (FYI authors, guess what, you can't drive from Quantico from Washington, D.C. in 30 minutes) we follow FBI Special Agent Paige Riley who is still recovering from her last encounter with a serial killer. Apparently no Please note that I gave this book half a star but rounded it up to 1 star for Goodreads. Has been done better by others out there. Who knew a book about a serial killer and a former case involving another serial killer could be boring. Taking place in Virginia and Washington, D.C. (FYI authors, guess what, you can't drive from Quantico from Washington, D.C. in 30 minutes) we follow FBI Special Agent Paige Riley who is still recovering from her last encounter with a serial killer. Apparently no one is as smart as Paige. No one can understand killers like Paige does. Heck, Paige even shares a special connection to her partner and best friend, Bill. There is a mention of what Paige looks like, but I blocked it out because I couldn't take one more utterance of how freaking great she is. There is no depth to Paige, her partner, her daughter, her ex, other agents. Shockingly the only person we get some insight into is the serial killer. And the entire premise of Paige's daughter not getting what her mother does and it being hidden from her was idiotic. She is 14 years old, she doesn't know what Google is? And how the heck did they keep from her, her mom was in the hospital? And let's discuss Paige's genius idea to not tell her ex that their daughter was smoking pot and apparently had been drinking in the past? BIG EXHALE. Moving on. Paige's ex is portrayed as stupid and abusive and you have to wonder how smart she is if that's the guy she ended up with. The only time the author slaps Paige down is when she goes and gets in the face of a U.S. Senator and is shocked when she is treated like everyone else who would do something so colossally stupid. The second time was when she pretty much throws herself (verbally) at her partner and he was not a happy camper. That's the only reason why I gave this book half a star, at least Bill as a character realized how messed up she is. The writing was not very good, I found some typos here and there. The dialogue was pretty terrible between characters. And Paige's amateurish assumptions was laughable. I think I did laugh when Paige goes to confront the serial killer with no freaking backup. The flow was a joke since we kept leap frogging around. The setting of DC, Quantico, and Georgetown makes it seem like the author looked up mapquest and that's it. She doesn't give you a sense of any of these places at all. The ending was eye roll inducing. There needs to be more world building by the author. She needs more believable characters, and better dialogue. At this point I know more about the FBI just based on tv than this author does. The thing she has other agents and the head of a division do was so dumb it was painful. No way that the FBI would wrap up a serial killer case based on the bullshit nonexistent evidence they had. Sigh. And I would also say that the author needs to stop having Paige act like a half-wit when it comes to her kid and her ex husband. Don't tell me how she can see into serial killers mind but is not able to grasp what her daughter is thinking/feeling.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    FBI Agent Riley Paige is called to investigate a series of deaths. Bodies of women are turning up, each killed in monstrous ways. Riley is on paid leave ...having survived two attacks by serial killers. The FBI isn't sure of her mental state, but she's the best they got. She's one of the few who seem to be able to get into the head of the killer. As her investigation progresses she realizes she's up against a killer more twisted than anyone could have imagined. This case will have her doubting FBI Agent Riley Paige is called to investigate a series of deaths. Bodies of women are turning up, each killed in monstrous ways. Riley is on paid leave ...having survived two attacks by serial killers. The FBI isn't sure of her mental state, but she's the best they got. She's one of the few who seem to be able to get into the head of the killer. As her investigation progresses she realizes she's up against a killer more twisted than anyone could have imagined. This case will have her doubting her abilities, and her sanity. She may lose her job, her family, maybe even her life. After having read the prequel to this series, I couldn't wait to get started on the series. The characters are great. Riley is smart, ambitious, and can be stubborn when she knows she is right. Bob is the perfect partner ... he knows she is smarter than he, and has this amazing ability to read crime scenes. The story is well-written with some twists and turns and plenty of suspects. There is a small cliff-hanger, but the second book in this series , ONCE TAKEN, is already available ... no waiting to see what happens next. Many thanks to the author / Kobo Writing Life / Netgalley for the digital copy of ONCE GONE. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anuradha

    This one gets an extra star solely because the writer seems to like serial killers Criminal Minds as much as I do. Also Silence of the Lambs. Okay premise, pretty bad execution. For a clever woman, Riley was kind of an idiot sometimes. A word of advice, writers? Please don't try too hard to make the reader like the MC. That effort is definitely going to backfire. P.S. I've seen so much of said T.V. show, and read so much about serial killers, the profile, and by extension the plot kind of became This one gets an extra star solely because the writer seems to like serial killers Criminal Minds as much as I do. Also Silence of the Lambs. Okay premise, pretty bad execution. For a clever woman, Riley was kind of an idiot sometimes. A word of advice, writers? Please don't try too hard to make the reader like the MC. That effort is definitely going to backfire. P.S. I've seen so much of said T.V. show, and read so much about serial killers, the profile, and by extension the plot kind of became predictable for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Slavin

    2,600 amazon reviews, average rating 4+. I did not like the cover; it did not grab my attention at all. But it came recommended on Book Blurb and was free. A female FBI field agent, who is great, is damaged psychologically. A serial killer kills young women and poses them. The agent comes back to help too soon. I really liked this book. It was very interesting the way dolls were involved in it. Then for me, it slowed down at about halfway through. Then the ending although it was fine was rather 2,600 amazon reviews, average rating 4+. I did not like the cover; it did not grab my attention at all. But it came recommended on Book Blurb and was free. A female FBI field agent, who is great, is damaged psychologically. A serial killer kills young women and poses them. The agent comes back to help too soon. I really liked this book. It was very interesting the way dolls were involved in it. Then for me, it slowed down at about halfway through. Then the ending although it was fine was rather predictable. I am becoming a tough critic. Everyone else seemed to love it. I liked it too, just wanted a little more. Well worth the read. The author Blake Pierce has a number of books out, and a few different series and seems to be very popular. You might check him out. If it holds up, look for my next review, 41% through and it is great.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    3.5/4 stars. Loved the cliffhanger ending... pretty good book. A couple mistakes here and there but pretty good. I like this author. His books grab me and make me want to read them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Despite a strong start, the main character is dumb and not likable. The repetitiousness of arrest, no wrong guy was tedious.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    The basic premise was good but the main character was terrible. The more I thought about it, the angrier it made me. No one, FBI agent or not, would get away with acting like that. First, there is no way Riley would be allowed to return to work in that condition. Then, she thinks how wonderful she is at understanding evil and everyone else, including. the partner she adores, is so dumb. And yet she's the one who gets herself caught by a serial killer, not once, but twice for not following The basic premise was good but the main character was terrible. The more I thought about it, the angrier it made me. No one, FBI agent or not, would get away with acting like that. First, there is no way Riley would be allowed to return to work in that condition. Then, she thinks how wonderful she is at understanding evil and everyone else, including. the partner she adores, is so dumb. And yet she's the one who gets herself caught by a serial killer, not once, but twice for not following protocol and putting herself in stupid situations. She also gets drunk and nearly od's and it's her teenage daughter who has to pour out the alcohol and nurse her through the hangover. And we're supposed to believe her ex is a terrible father?! Apparently it's okay to run around assaulting people and making false accusations as long as you eventually get the bad guy. Give me a break... If you like every FBI cliche rolled together, go ahead and read it. After all, at least it was free on Kindle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Man.. murder mystery books make work a lot better. Once Gone is a murder mystery book that takes place in the state that I actually live in: good ole' Virginia. Mostly known as "Virginia is for lovers"... well this book makes it known for murdering women. Details I know. In this, you will meet Riley Paige. Now this girl has been through some serious shit. Her whole life has been messed up since day one. I honestly felt so bad for her and she kind of reminded me of this one amazon original show - Man.. murder mystery books make work a lot better. Once Gone is a murder mystery book that takes place in the state that I actually live in: good ole' Virginia. Mostly known as "Virginia is for lovers"... well this book makes it known for murdering women. Details I know. In this, you will meet Riley Paige. Now this girl has been through some serious shit. Her whole life has been messed up since day one. I honestly felt so bad for her and she kind of reminded me of this one amazon original show - Absentia. If you haven't watched it, you should. Now it's not just her life reminding me of this show - no there's so many other things. Pretty both main ladies work for the FBI. Both had some time away from their job as well. They are also really bad at claiming who the killer is (okay it sometimes happens but then again - no one is perfect). It was so good that now I kind of want to rewatch season 1 and 2 of the show lol (but I wont because who knows when season 3 will be out). Luckily for me, and her, Riley finally listens with her gut. ALWAYS trust this thing guys - it works every damn time. Overall, this book was so good. I'm definitely going to continue on with this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Really enjoyed this read this book free on kindle,now waiting till book two and the rest of this series goes on offer on kindle as thought this book was a fantastic read.Riley paige was on a case and she rescued a woman called Maria but ended up captured but has flashbacks and can't cope she doesn't know if hes still alive,she goes on a case with her old partner Bill. murders of woman that resemble dolls will they catch the killer.first time read of this authors books.enjoyed it.recommend this Really enjoyed this read this book free on kindle,now waiting till book two and the rest of this series goes on offer on kindle as thought this book was a fantastic read.Riley paige was on a case and she rescued a woman called Maria but ended up captured but has flashbacks and can't cope she doesn't know if hes still alive,she goes on a case with her old partner Bill. murders of woman that resemble dolls will they catch the killer.first time read of this authors books.enjoyed it.recommend this read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timaz

    English: It was my first book of the author and it was "free" on Google Play Store. one thing that I could say about this book and it is "OUTSTANDING". I really got shocked by this book, cause I didn't expect it to be such a great book. I actually didn't like it, but loved it! while reading this book I felt as if I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds, which I love it too. very well written and compiled with a interesting story that focused mostly on the main plot, rather than other things, English: It was my first book of the author and it was "free" on Google Play Store. one thing that I could say about this book and it is "OUTSTANDING". I really got shocked by this book, cause I didn't expect it to be such a great book. I actually didn't like it, but loved it! while reading this book I felt as if I was watching an episode of Criminal Minds, which I love it too. very well written and compiled with a interesting story that focused mostly on the main plot, rather than other things, made this book an outstanding and really pleasant read. from the beginning to the very last page, It definitely worth to read. I strongly recommend it to everyone; as Blake is among my favorite authors from now on. I will read every one of the books on the list. Turkce: bu yazardan okudugum ilk kitapti. Google Play'de bedava olarak aldigim kitab gercekten bir surpriz cikti. o kadar guzeldi ki galiba kendimi Criminal Minds dizisini izliyormusum gibi his ettim. guzel kurgulanmis, hic fazla oyalamadan o kadar guzel anlatilmis ki hic boylesini beklemezdim. ilk sayfadan itibaren kendimi bir korku ve heyecan icinde buldum ve bu hisler en son sayfanin en son satirina kadar devam etti. gizemle dolu bir kitab istiyorsaniz mutlaka okumaniz gerekecek bir kitap. her kese siddetle ve zevkle tavsiye ederim.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    This book is difficult to rate because I thought it was really well-plotted and rather amateurishly written. Three stars may be a bit generous but the plot really was quite interesting and held my attention throughout. Riley Paige is an FBI agent who seems to have a sixth sense for sniffing out criminals and criminal activity. She is a brilliant but seriously troubled cop. Unfortunately, some of her troubles were portrayed in a rather silly manner as was some of her brilliance. In Once Gone, she This book is difficult to rate because I thought it was really well-plotted and rather amateurishly written. Three stars may be a bit generous but the plot really was quite interesting and held my attention throughout. Riley Paige is an FBI agent who seems to have a sixth sense for sniffing out criminals and criminal activity. She is a brilliant but seriously troubled cop. Unfortunately, some of her troubles were portrayed in a rather silly manner as was some of her brilliance. In Once Gone, she is on the trail of a very elusive serial killer and this pursuit takes her on quite a roller coaster ride. I can't really recommend the book because of the poor quality of the writing nor can I condemn it to mystery book hell because of the interesting plot. The End

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charley Girl

    Ok, so Riley Paige is one messed up chic. Bad childhood, bad husband, captured by a serial killer. Yikes! I feel badly for Riley but for some reason she annoyed me. She is a FBI agent and has an instinct that others do not have. BUT throughout the story she has the epiphanies that say, "I have the killer" and she ends up being wrong and thinking about it. She then "goes with her gut" to find the killer. Isn't going with your gut and having a great instinct the same thing? I read Blake Pierce's Ok, so Riley Paige is one messed up chic. Bad childhood, bad husband, captured by a serial killer. Yikes! I feel badly for Riley but for some reason she annoyed me. She is a FBI agent and has an instinct that others do not have. BUT throughout the story she has the epiphanies that say, "I have the killer" and she ends up being wrong and thinking about it. She then "goes with her gut" to find the killer. Isn't going with your gut and having a great instinct the same thing? I read Blake Pierce's Cause to Kill and Cause to Run and I felt kinda of the same way about the stories. I like them but they are just so-so.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    Meh, this was an okay thriller but not one that I fell in love with. I didn't really connect to the main character or her relationship with her partner or her daughter, and I most definitely should have. This is a book about an FBI agent who was held hostage and tortured by a serial killer who is now on the case of a different killer while living in fear that the body discovered at the scene of her abduction isn't actually that of her torturer and that he's still out there somewhere. There's a Meh, this was an okay thriller but not one that I fell in love with. I didn't really connect to the main character or her relationship with her partner or her daughter, and I most definitely should have. This is a book about an FBI agent who was held hostage and tortured by a serial killer who is now on the case of a different killer while living in fear that the body discovered at the scene of her abduction isn't actually that of her torturer and that he's still out there somewhere. There's a lot of tough girl posturing in this novel and the mc has obvious PTSD (on the page) and trauma because of her time at this monster's hands. However, you find her still running full force into danger without waiting for back up when, honestly, she has time to legit each instance. So, yeah, I just didn't vibe with the story or the main character but it wasn't bad, necessarily, just not for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I've read two and a half of these books and I just can't go on. For the author, Blake Pierce, women fall into three categories; meat to be tortured, butchered then posed in revolting, creepy ways, teenagers who are brooding, moody and irascible or idiot savant detectives. Pierce creates female protagonists who are detached, emotionally unavailable mothers, women who cannot learn a simple lesson. For instance, in the Riley Paige series, Paige is caught by a serial killer and tortured because I've read two and a half of these books and I just can't go on. For the author, Blake Pierce, women fall into three categories; meat to be tortured, butchered then posed in revolting, creepy ways, teenagers who are brooding, moody and irascible or idiot savant detectives. Pierce creates female protagonists who are detached, emotionally unavailable mothers, women who cannot learn a simple lesson. For instance, in the Riley Paige series, Paige is caught by a serial killer and tortured because she's too hot-headed to wait for back up. Six weeks later, she's back on the job and twice more she hurtles head-long into the same dangerous situation, refusing to wait for her partner to turn up. I mean, what an IDIOT. Each female detective has these 'instincts' that kick in and eventually lead to the capture of the creepy criminal but first we must endure the detectives being lambasted, harassed and ridiculed by their colleagues. And for such brilliant sleuths, they never seem to have a good comeback. They never stand up for themselves, preferring instead to scurry away silently with their tail between their legs. It's beyond frustrating. It leads me to this inevitable question: Blake Pierce, do you even LIKE women?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Loved it! It kept me interested the whole way through

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yellagirlgc

    Riley Paige is an FBI agent that has also been the victim of a serial killer. She's trying to take care of her teenage daughter and get back to work. There's a killer posing his victims and Riley has the ability to get inside of his head. Her partner Bill is happy to have her back on the job even if his wife isn't. Riley wasn't and unbelievable character. She was still scared poopless about being tortured but she wanted to help other people in the situation she has nightmares about. Her home Riley Paige is an FBI agent that has also been the victim of a serial killer. She's trying to take care of her teenage daughter and get back to work. There's a killer posing his victims and Riley has the ability to get inside of his head. Her partner Bill is happy to have her back on the job even if his wife isn't. Riley wasn't and unbelievable character. She was still scared poopless about being tortured but she wanted to help other people in the situation she has nightmares about. Her home life is FAR from perfect but her daughter is more worried than hateful. I sometimes wished Riley wasn't so impulsive but after awhile you realize that's who she is. You'll either love her or hate her but if I like her.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna Willett

    A fast paced gripping thriller. I really enjoyed the first book in the Riley Paige Mystery series. The writing was tight and the action kept on coming. The main character, Riley Paige was flawed and believable. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime novel. Will definitely read the other Riley Paige novels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    “Maybe he’s like a ghost, Riley. You killed his body but you didn’t kill his evil.” After my second Riley Paige book (this one the first in the main series), I’m still left with mixed feelings. I enjoyed picking this book up and it read quickly, but it felt like there was something off. I was glad I had read the first in the prequel series before reading this one, so I had more background and understanding of Riley Paige. I like the character, but I don’t think she shined here. Sure she’s going “Maybe he’s like a ghost, Riley. You killed his body but you didn’t kill his evil.” After my second Riley Paige book (this one the first in the main series), I’m still left with mixed feelings. I enjoyed picking this book up and it read quickly, but it felt like there was something off. I was glad I had read the first in the prequel series before reading this one, so I had more background and understanding of Riley Paige. I like the character, but I don’t think she shined here. Sure she’s going through a lot of issues, but man she makes some stupid decisions. We’re told how smart and talented she is with behavioral analysis, but she doesn’t demonstrate these smarts. She just has these a-ha! magical moments. (Again I’m happy I read the prequel first). I’ll likely continue on with the prequel series before deciding whether or not to read the rest of the main series. I think the character and series has a lot of potential, but I wasn’t feeling it much here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Started out strong but then kinda lost me. Overall it just felt really derivative -- of Silence of the Lambs and also of another book I read with a similar plot (The Doll Maker.) I got that the main character was under duress but her actions seemed kind of ridiculous toward the end and the red herrings seemed to be more tossed silly nilly into the story rather than being more woven into the plot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Coleen

    I totally enjoyed this book. There was something about the main character that I really liked. I read a lot of the FBI/detective series books and they all sort of blend together. But sometimes a character is memorable, and for me Riley Paige is one of them. Can't wait to read the next one. Hope it's as gripping as I found this one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Should have trusted my instincts... Riley talks about her amazing instincts a lot but frankly I was not impressed. How many innocent people did she have to attack or arrest with all guns blazing before she finally stumbled across the right man. A bit of caution would have been advisable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Gruesome murders. Riley character author created is hard headed and trying to find the serial killer. Acting reckless, suffering from PTSD. Failed marriage, very angry teenage daughter, she can't communicate. Works outside the FBI rules and regulations, her partner wants her help but can't stop her. Okay ending, also starting of the next book. Don't think I'll read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ivy - Hearts Books.

    Riley is foolhardy with a serious death wish so boohoo to all her sorrows and issues. I really expected more from this read but it was like watching a really bad imitation of a criminal minds episode that revolves around one narcissistic character. I DO NOT recommend this read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Jimmerfield

    I’m listening to the audiobook. I can’t even finish this. Why the British narrator for a book that takes place in Virginia?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tarsha Woods

    Looking for suspense, mystery and a page turner. Pierce will keep you wanting more getting in to the head of each psycho

  26. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    FREE on Amazon today (11/09/2017)!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blagica

    Once Gone I quite enjoyed this book, but I'm not really tempted to keep reading the series. The notes at the end mention Blake Pierce is an avid reader of crime fiction. This doesn't surprise me, as it felt like she's thrown the plots from a number of established authors into a blender and churned out fan fiction instead of trying to create her own style. The characters have some depth to them, but the plot is let down by Paige's impossibly lucid insight when presented with little information, Once Gone I quite enjoyed this book, but I'm not really tempted to keep reading the series. The notes at the end mention Blake Pierce is an avid reader of crime fiction. This doesn't surprise me, as it felt like she's thrown the plots from a number of established authors into a blender and churned out fan fiction instead of trying to create her own style. The characters have some depth to them, but the plot is let down by Paige's impossibly lucid insight when presented with little information, and her colleagues' lucid stupidity when faced with a wealth of it. An early example is her partner Bill admiring her brilliance for suggesting the FBI look for connections between the children of two mothers murdered by the same killer. I didn't dislike the book, but I'm glad I didn't have to pay anything for it. Scribd has book two as an audiobook I might give it a listen if I can’t find something else to sink my teeth into.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alona

    DNF @60% I usually don’t rate books I DNF, but this one was really bad and I feel like I need to put it out there. The narrator was bad! But that is not why I DNF it, the characters and the plot was so undeveloped to the point of annoyance. I tried but I have to call it time of death at 60%.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    There is something about this creepy murder mystery that I just LOVE. It has so many elements that remind me of Silence of the Lambs. Now I am on to the second book which picks up right after the first one... can't wait!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    While the basic premise of this book is really good and rather intriguing, its execution (excuse the pun) left a lot to be desired. My biggest problem was the main character, for an intelligent woman she constantly behaved like a complete idiot, making error after error and getting herself caught by the psychotic killer she was chasing. Add to that the fact that she had already been caught by one, you think she would have learned a lesson but no. That aside, I found the other characters a little While the basic premise of this book is really good and rather intriguing, its execution (excuse the pun) left a lot to be desired. My biggest problem was the main character, for an intelligent woman she constantly behaved like a complete idiot, making error after error and getting herself caught by the psychotic killer she was chasing. Add to that the fact that she had already been caught by one, you think she would have learned a lesson but no. That aside, I found the other characters a little flat and predictable, all of them playing out their assigned roles without much passion or thought. That aside the story does move quickly and the main premise is engaging, so that keeps it going. I just wish there was at least one character I could like, or sympathise with, or at the very least be surprised by. It did pass an evening though so can't fault it for that.

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