“A MASTERPIECE OF THRILLER AND MYSTERY. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. 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)
FACE OF DEATH is book #1 in a new FBI thriller series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone (Book #1) (a free download) has received over 1,000 five star reviews.
FBI Special Agent Zoe Prime suffers from a rare condition which also gives her a unique talent—she views the world through a lens of numbers. The numbers torment her, make her unable to relate to people, and give her a failed romantic life—yet they also allow her to see patterns that no other FBI agent can see. Zoe keeps her condition a secret, ashamed, in fear her colleagues may find out.
Yet when a serial killer strikes across the Midwest, strangling women in remote places and seemingly at random, Zoe, for the first time, is stumped. Is there a pattern? Can there be no pattern at all?
Or is this killer as obsessed with numbers as she is?
In a mad race against time, Zoe must enter the diabolical mind of a killer who always seems to be one step ahead of her, and stop him from claiming his next victim before it’s too late. At the same time, she must keep at bay her own demons, which may ultimately prove to be even more threatening.
An action-packed thriller with heart-pounding suspense, FACE OF DEATH is book #1 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Books #2 and #3 in the series—FACE OF MURDER and FACE OF FEAR—are also available for pre-order.
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Wow, hooked from the first page!!!
Once again, an absolutely enthralling story. Wonderful characters and gripping storyline.
This book grabs your attention from the first page and I found myself reading through until the early hours of the morning.
I highly recommend this book and in fact all books written by this author to any lover of crime and thriller novels. In fact, I already have to all my friends and family.
I’m so excited to read the next book.
A Special Ability for an FBI Agent Tracking a Serial Killer
This is book one of the Zoe Prime Mystery series and follows FBI Special Agent Zoe as she uses her special sense to help solve cases. She suffers from an unusual type of synaesthesia that allows her to view crime scene clues as numbers and patterns floating across her mind’s eye and allows her brain to interpret all these clues and get evidence from this that no-one else can visualise. This special way of viewing the world meant Zoe had a very hard and trying childhood, with a mother who treated her view of the world as evil and demonised her.
She was left lacking in interactions with other children and unable to form normal friendships and relationships. This has led to her having problems keeping partners at work and comments about her blank look and lack of emotions. She now has a new partner called Shelley, who whilst younger and less experienced than Zoe, is already well thought of and advancing rapidly. Their first case together is an escaped prisoner, on the run and killing people in his path. They reached the latest location shortly after the crime occurred and Zoe can immediately see the path the prisoner took and where he would likely be going and they could find him. They solve this case quickly and are soon put onto another.
Zoe can’t manage small talk with others and there is a cringe-worthy date placed in front of readers, where Zoe realises all of her mistakes afterwards, in her complete lack of interaction with her date, but still can’t put much of it into practice. Her new partner is also in this awkward position and has to try and find out how to best work with Zoe and to get some back and forth flow of ideas between them. Their next case involves a trail of three dead women so far, found in lonely and out of the way locations, seemingly at random, but killed in the same manner. There is nothing linking the victims, no reason they were selected by the killer and this is not going to be quite as simple to solve as their last case.
Zoe can see no pattern and it appears the attacks are completely random, maybe this is the pattern – no pattern! He has cleaned the scenes after himself and practically no clues are left behind for the agents to pursue. Zoe may well have met her match and found a killer more obsessed with numbers and patterns than she is. Zoe refuses to let her fellow agents know about her strange ability, but also refuses to seek any help from the psychiatrist her former mentor suggested for her. She has a lot of dark secrets from her past that still affect her and have led her to keep her ability secret, even from her fellow agents and partners.
They are in a race against time to try and stop him before he kills another victim. They know where they think he is heading, but only have a vague idea of his height, weight and build. Zoe has to fight her own demons from her past and also this killer with possibly a similar affliction. Whether she can succeed on both fronts is yet to be seen and if she can manage to keep her partner, maybe she is finally evolving in her relations with others and the showing of emotion. A fascinating subject to use as a tool for the main character and makes for a very different view of crime scenes. A great and easy read and an enjoyable thriller. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.
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