An Amazon Charts bestseller.
To a cunning serial killer, she was the one that got away. Until now...
FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera escaped a serial killer’s trap at sixteen. Years later, when she’s jumped in a Virginia park, a video of the attack goes viral. Legions of new fans are not the only ones impressed with her fighting skills. The man who abducted her 11 years ago is watching. Determined to reclaim his lost prize, he commits a grisly murder designed to pull her into the investigation...but his games are just beginning. And he’s using the internet to invite the public to play along.
His coded riddles may have made him a depraved social media superstar - an enigmatic cyber-ghost dubbed “the Cipher” - but to Nina he’s a monster who preys on the vulnerable. Partnered with the FBI’s preeminent mind hunter, Dr. Jeffrey Wade, who is haunted by his own past, Nina tracks the predator across the country. Clue by clue, victim by victim, Nina races to stop a deadly killer while the world watches.
FINALLY! A terrific, strong, female-based thriller that left me fully satisfied.
Nina Guerra is a force to be reckoned with. In spite of the fact that during her informative years, so many people let her down, she rose up through the ashes like a Phoenix, to carry on, because the alternative wasn’t in her vocabulary.
She spent time as a beat cop and went on to the FBI academy where she became a successful FBI agent. She, and her temporary team of agents, play cat and mouse with a horrible serial killer known as The Cipher.
This is a taut thriller (yes, a real nail-biter) and every page is filled with something informative and action-based, propelling the story forward. No need to skip pages, or roll your eyes back because Nina or her team are doing something stupid.
The characters are wonderful; relatable and flawed, but no so flawed that they become useless weights or take over the storyline. Nina’s neighbor, B, a college student, is completely heartwarming and sharp as a whip.
I loved the profiling and FBI procedural elements. As the book is written by a former FBI agent and a Latina Police captain, I felt like I was getting the real deal. I also loved how the author seamlessly weaved in technology and used Social Media (FB, Twitter) within the story, and upped the tension.
Most of all, what I loved is the fact that there is resilience in this story, and not just for Nina. Each of the very different books I’ve read this week (Have You Seen Louis Velez, The last Thing to Burn) all have resilience as the center breath that drives life into each of these amazing stories.
This truly is an anxiety based thriller with so many pluses, and I recommend this book to all you crime lovers that love action (you know who you are).
😉 Looks like this will also be a series and all I can say is, “sign me up!