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.
"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.
As all other narrated books, actual female voices, as with actual male various character voices is what Audible should be working towards. This book as all other audible would have been so much better and real.
"THE SCARECROW KILLER"
The banter between White and Ellington.
White's relationship evolving....
The "bull-headedness" of the main character.
Porter, at the end.
Pierce has become one of my favorite authors. He never disappoints! Way to go!
"Nebraska = British Accent"
I was totally disappointed and distracted by the accent. While her voice would be great reading Steampunk genre, it was just not for this series. Imagine my surprise that the next audiobook has the same problem. I will not buy for this reason and relieved I only spent $2.12.
LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE!!!!
"British in Nebraska?"
I purchased a couple of the author's books because the story-line seemed interesting. I should have listened to the sample first. I could not listen - why is the narrator British?
Overall I enjoyed this story, and yeah, I didn't understand the British accent, but it really wasn't that distracting from the story. Yes, it was set in Nebraska, but that was really only mentioned as an afterthought...."Nebraska" really wasn't part of the story....so if it bugs some people, I guess you can just pretend it's "Nebraska England"...or whatever. Like I said, the state in which the story took place is was insignificant to the story. There were a couple times I rolled my eyes because she was putting herself in dangerous situations, and then commenting on the fact she was putting herself in dangerous situations.....by herself. That almost reminded me of a Scooby doo scene....but overall, I enjoyed this audio
"Great story and narration."
I like seeing a strong detective woman and the role of heroine. it is refreshing when an author can justify a woman's position in the professional Workforce.
"Narration was a distraction"
I agree with several other reviewer's, the British accent was wrong. While the narrators voice was pleasant the British accent was totally distracting for a story set in Nebraska USA. I did enjoy the story very much
"A Cockney accent from Nebraska?"
The only reason that I finished listening to this was the storyline. It was good but the narrator's accent was totally distacting
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