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Amazon Synopsis: “He started the game. She’ll end it.
FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.
He’s never broken pattern…until now.
A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a blonde. The killer’s MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board. The closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she’s drawn into an inescapable trap made just for Clarke. Whatever Cross’s ultimate game is, it ends with her.”
Out of the six Amazon First Reads books for April, I picked this one. I’ve always been a big fan of CSI which turned into an interest in Criminal Minds and NCIS…but mostly Criminal Minds because I like the psychology needed in tracking a serial killer. Needless to say, this book sounded like something perfect for me.
The main character, Clarke Sinclair, is an FBI agent terribly focused on one serial killer who seems intent on playing mind games with her. Her driving purpose is to catch this killer. His victims are strangers to Clarke but they become personal defeats as she chases her killer, Simon Cross.
Simon, as a serial killer, obviously wants to inflict pain. What’s less obvious is why he singles out Clarke to send photos and clues to. This disturbed me for most of the book as I tried to understand out of all the FBI agents, why did he choose her?
The third person narration follows Clarke, Bess, and Adelaide and each woman reveals something about herself and Simon.
Clarke we can see is obsessed with capturing Simon and putting an end to all the murders and mind games. Bess, as a victim of domestic violence, learns that she has more fire than she first thought. What made her a victim also made her strong enough to endure anything Simon tried to throw at her.
Adelaide’s story probably had to be my favorite part of the book. I swear I’m not psycho but I really enjoy learning about serial killer childhoods. It’s interesting to find what triggers set them on such a destructive path. Adelaide, being Simon’s foster sister, had struggles of her own and often fights within herself. She recognizes Simon as the kind boy that made her felt welcome in a new home and protected her on their walks to and from school, yet he was purposely cruel to their parents and often behaved rudely to others. As they get older, she wants to help him even as she sees her parents and Simon giving up on him. The whole thing is slightly heartbreaking but mostly scary as Simon’s feelings deepen for Adelaide and she cowers from the growing evil inside of him.
I would suggest this book for anyone at all interested in CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and other shows of that nature. This was a quick and entrancing read. I could hardly put it down and spent all my extra time reading. Get the book here.
This book just came out but the next in the series is available for pre-order, Girls of Glass.