Re: Title – In terms of this blog, I’ve actually reviewed 3 books in total written by men. This being the third.
The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed…
This review originally appeared on Goodreads.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So, more a 3.5 than a 3. I was conflicted about this book. Loved the suspense and tension. I just knew something wasn’t right about that scene with the dead bio father at the ranch! Came too early in the book and was too nicely wrapped up. But, the revelation of a twin was both a good twist, but also a bit dues ex machina. I mean, isn’t it a rule of mysteries and thrillers that we have to know who the killer is, but not know it? I don’t know. I guess there were a lot of clues, but she seemed to come out of nowhere. Karen’s dreams just didn’t make me buy it. But, more important than that, I was impressed how the writer made me feel sorry for Samantha Farwell in the end. Poor thing. And on that note, thank God he didn’t go into much detail about the type of abuse she suffered. Speculation was enough. Poor girl.
I feel like I’m nitpicking the rest, but like I said, conflicted. Some of the more emotional scenes fell flat, like the scenes with Emma and Jonathan. Maybe they were just rushed and glossed over too much. And I found it weird that she was still referred to as Vail, and not Karen in those scenes. It was off-putting. And where this did love for Robby come from. It was like one minute she was cautious about even dating him, and a few pages later, she was thinking he knows her so well and all. Seemed to come out of nowhere. Didn’t really like some of the attempts at humor either.
Overall, I enjoyed the thrill. Gonna add the others in the series to my Nook. Despite some of my issues with it, he’s pretty great at building suspense and thrill.