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Before he Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1) Kindle Edition
Book #1 in the bestselling Blake Pierce mystery/thriller series, with over 400 five star reviews!
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.
Books #2--#8 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series is also now available!
Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller with over 1,000 five star reviews on Amazon—and a free download!
Read what people are saying about Blake Pierce’s novels
"A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go."
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)
"A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page."
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)
- ASIN : B01FWES1A4
- Language : English
- File size : 2251 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 173 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,152 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a book club choice and a first for me of this author, so I was looking forward to reading this book, plus it was free!
The idea of the story, plot and characters were good but I found the chauvinistic references and her self-doubts of almost everything very tedious. Once she found the first important lead on the first murder, both Chief Nelson and her partner Porter seemed to change their opinion far too quickly. All of a sudden they were all about how great she was. This didn't ring true for me.
I just want to point out.......the serial killer whipped his victims from behind while tethered to the pole........How?? Surely the pole would mostly be in the way. Small issue but made me want to ask the question. There were also far too many grammatical errors which became annoying.
I felt the ending was rushed. Mackenzie found out the information, went in without back up or even thinking about a plan, which didn't ring true with the type of character she was. Next it was suspension, quit her job, all packed and off to a new city and a new job with the FBI. There are lots of little things like this throughout the book that just didn't add up to me.
Sounds like I didn't enjoy the book, I did, but I felt it could have been so much better and when I finished the story I was left with more questions than answers.
Would I recommend this book?......yes probably, but I think this is a book you would have to read to make up your own mind. I would like to read another book by this author but not immediately.
All this said, if you like light, easily read crime novels then this fits the bill.
The protagonist is being frequently 'disrespected' by her older, male, law enforcement colleagues when we first meet her in a corn field. They, in their turn, feel 'disrespected' by this slip of a girl who makes them look bad. Literally 4 pages later, they are all telling themselves and each other what a fantastic detective she is and she will be the one to catch the killer. Then she seems to lurch from one bad decision to another while the reader follows along, becoming increasingly bewildered and irritated by her stumbling, erratic behavior and poor choices.
I read every word and by the final page I had little respect left for Mackenzie or the plot.
But to make matters worse, we have the old chestnut of the young female detective battling against male stereotypes while she proves herself superior to her colleagues in every way. It's a tired trope - and sadly the characters were so unforgettable and the story so far-fetched that I felt cheated even though I got this as a free download. How the writer manages to gain so many 5-star reviews is frightening.