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Source: Review Copy (E-book)
It’s the witching hour and Special Agent Regan Ross is having a WTF kind of night. Morning? How the hell did she get from her bed to her front yard? And why is she holding a loaded firearm? Sleepwalking doesn’t bode well for the rising star in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, but whatever is causing her recent weight loss and bizarre nocturnal activities will have to wait. The phone is ringing. It’s probably her sister Erin, the surgeon who knows best, demanding to know her plans for the holidays. Why would this year be any different? They’ll spend the somber anniversary and Christmas like always—drinking too much, watching Turner Classic Movies, and not talking about their dead parents. Caller ID provides yet another surprise.
Hearing Special Agent Robert Haskins’ voice for the first time in six months has Regan reeling. The mention of Maryland’s Eastern Shore conjures images of Jennifer Abbott, the student-athlete whose disappearance from a small campus is national news. There are complications. For starters, her areas of expertise—geographic profiling and predictive analysis—require a lot of information from a series of crimes. Single murders typically aren’t her purview and involving herself in an investigation to which she has not been officially assigned will send the BAU chief’s blood pressure through the roof. She should say no, but she won’t.
Really enjoyed this start to a new series of novels featuring highly intriguing main protagonist Regan Ross, whose specialty within the FBI is slightly different to that which you normally see in crime books and gave the premise an inventive cutting edge.
This is one of those fast flowing novels that you pick up then read in a gulp – the mystery elements are clever, the character building is particularly good – and I was completely engaged by the whole geographical profiling thing – its not that I’ve never seen it in other novels but not so far as the main focus so it made it really compelling.
Its nice when you get something different – It was easy to get behind Regan who has some rather tangled up issues but deals with them in her own way and I liked the tie between her and Haskins, it kept the underneath of the book going really well.
Great writing and a diversion from the norm in crime thrillers. Excellent stuff. Bring on the next book is what I say.