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In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn't take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose - and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she - and the local force - have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer's mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

©2016 Blake Pierce (P)2016 Blake Pierce

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This was not a thriller

I wanted to like this book and it was ok, just ok. I have 3 issues with this book. The first is the narrator...WHY IS SHE BRITISH! The story is set in America, the midwest no doubt. The british accent is annoying and distracting. The main character is boring and cookie cutter. I've read a couple other books by this author and it's the same character, different name. Even the same inappropriate narrator. The killer can be compared to Yo Sammity Sam from a Bugs Bunny cartoon. He is about as menacing as Yo Sammity cutting up carrots and celery in a huge pot to cook Bugs in. Clearly the author has a formula and doesn't think it's necessary to stray from it.

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Too much nonsense...

I read a lot of crime mysteries and thrillers. This is the 1st book I've read by Blake Pierce. I didn't finish it.

Here's my issues:

1st - For the audio book - why is a British narrator reading this? WHY? It's distracting at best, especially when American phrases are used.

2nd - A 25 year old detective? Nope.

3rd - The men of the force being jerks to her, when White is supposedly a prodigy? Why are they working at cross purposes? Even if the male police/detectives aren't used to working with a female, why sabotage the investigation with ego posturing?

4th - I'm not a police officer, but even I know that you don't call a victim's work place for 5 minutes and call it done. Stupidity. And, you don't leave without questioning all coworkers, asking for security footage, etc. Doesn't inspire confidence.

5th - Why dismiss lead investigators from a scene because there are reporters? 😤😤😤

This fictional Omaha police force isn't even comically bad. They're straight up incompetent. The book just made me angry.

Didn't finish at 40%. Read this to punish yourself.

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Terrible writing, inappropriate voice talent

It’s hard to fathom how this story got published. I have to assume it did not make its way through an editor first. So many inconsistencies and poor word choices. Lastly, it’s clear the author did little, if any research about law enforcement or Nebraska or...much of anything.

But I could forgive all that. It’s a brain candy kind of book, after all. But the fact that a British woman — who, when reading for men, sounds like the zombie pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean — is the voice talent for a book set in Nebraska...I can’t forgive that kind of forced cognitive dissonance.

Find any other “thriller” to occupy your six hours and 30 minutes.

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A lot of unlikely situations

The plot was OK. but a lot of unbelievable situations. The narrator did an excellent job but had a British accent. The story took place in Omaha Nebraska. Didn’t sound like anyone from Omaha. Made me feel like I was in England instead of Omaha. What’s that all about?

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I loved it

It is a very well written book and although the narrator is British, I feel she still did an amazing job. I loved her accent even if the characters are all American.

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using a narrator with a strong British accent for a story set in Nebraska was a very poor choice. It made the setting hard to grasp. Story line was entertaining.

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Before He kills

This murder mystery is really entertaining! It is told from the perspective of a young woman detective on a police force that mostly doesn't value female cops.

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First Audible book

I just just could not get into the story line, I think it was due to it being my first Audible. Just not for me.

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enjoyable psychological suspense

An fantastic psychological suspense story. This engaging storyline had me enthralled page after page. It's fast past, includes many obstacles, some missteps, vividly described scenes, constant fight for respect, and mystery. The main characters is relatable, interesting, and has personal life conflicts and a troubled past. I voluntarily listened and reviewed this thriller that had an enjoyable action packed satisfying ending. Nicely narrated with a thick accent adding to the story enjoyment. I look forward to more standalone in the series.

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Narrator British?

Why was the narrator speaking in a British accent on a story set in Nebraska ?

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  • janette gilfillan
  • 11-08-16

Before he kills

Good really enjoyed it fast moving and narrated very well loved it thank you so much

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  • Linda Dallison
  • 05-31-21

Good story

Good story well read kept my interest characters easy to remember looking forward to sequel

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  • Sara J Heatherly
  • 05-03-20

Dreadfall

Poorly written, little depth, didn’t make it to chapter 5, compounded by awful narration. Stands apart for all the wrong reasons

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-17

Nice

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  • Brian Watson
  • 11-20-20

Before he kills

loved it highly recomend it well narrated aaaa+ an excellent thriller grabbed my full attention all the time