⇒ Blog Tour | “Psychopaths were born and bred, created from both nature and nurture. They would keep coming, and nothing she did could deter them from their destructive path.” – The Third to Die ⇐
**Many thanks to Harlequin/MIRA and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Allison Brennan
(4.05 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Crime Fiction / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Publication Date: February 4, 2020, by Harlequin / MIRA
Pages: 464 (Kindle version)
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Rage filled his veins, memories of the past, the light and the dark, the good and the very, very bad.
You know that feeling when you get in on the very beginning of something that hasn’t hit the mainstream yet, but you just know it’s gonna be huge? I had that feeling decades ago while listening to Jodeci’s demo tape (yes, I said tape!) at an artists exhibition, again when I signed up for Netflix in their first year of operation, and again when I saw Jason Momoa in his first episode of Stargate Atlantis. All three times, I was right – huge.
Any time an author begins a new series, so much rides on that very first book. Will be a hit or a miss? Either one will determine the fate of the series. However, Allison Brennan has nothing to worry about with this beginning to her Mobile Response Team series. Let’s check out the blurb:
Detective Kara Quinn is visiting her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, after being placed on administrative leave by the LAPD, when she comes upon the mutilated body of a young nurse during an early morning jog. The manner of death is clearly ritualistic; she calls it in. Meanwhile back in DC, special agent in charge Mattias Costa is meticulously staffing his newly-minted Mobile Response Team. One of his first recruits is the brilliant FBI forensic psychologist Catherine Jones. When word reaches Matt that the Washington state murder appears to be the work of the Triple Killer–it will be the first case for the MRT. Jones has done the only profile on this serial killer, but she is reluctant to join the unit, still shaken by the death of her sister a year ago under circumstances for which she holds herself responsible. But only she holds the key to understanding the killer’s obsessive pattern–three murder victims, three deep slashes a piece, each three days apart, each series beginning on a March 3rd–3/3, then a three-year hiatus before he strikes again.
This time they have a chance to stop him before he claims another victim strikes, but only if they can figure out who he is and where is is hiding.
She had certainly worked her fair share of cases and tended to think like a criminal. Maybe because she’d been raised by two criminals.
So what does The Third to Die have going for it that already has me buying into a whole series that hasn’t even been written yet? It’s that same type of feeling I get when I know something’s going to be successful.
The Third to Die has all the hallmarks that readers are looking for in great suspense thrillers: diabolical crimes, an elusive criminal with a deep-seated vendetta, and a custom-made team of detectives intent on keeping everyone alive.
Allison Brennan gives us characters who are almost instantly compelling with gritty backgrounds, lost loves, and personal flaws included. This is a series to watch/read for lovers of FBI crime dramas and procedurals or for those who love series featuring seriously twisted bad people.
The writing is taut and moves along steadily up until the end, when the pace quickens and readers are greedily swept along with the intense action. I was not bored one minute, and this story did not suffer as so many others do with a long, complicated explanation of motives and methods. In this one, everyone just does their thing – both good and bad – and the reader is along for the ride; just like I like it!
He needed to release these demons, this overwhelming craving to punish those who were weak. Pathetic. Losers.
As you know, sometimes new things stake a while to catch on. I told many people about Jason Momoa back in his Stargate Atlantis days and 99% of them said, “Who?” Now, after also bringing Conan, Khal Drogo, and Aquaman to the screen, he’s pretty big stuff. I’ll go ahead and pat myself on the back for calling that one. So, trust me when I say that you should check out The Third to Die by Allison Brennan and get ready to follow Kara, Matt, and Catherine into all of their worst nightmares.
The Third to Die will be available February 4, 2020 at any of the following retailers:
Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Allison believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five kids. Allison and her family live in Arizona. Visit her at allisonbrennan.com