Friday, December 15, 2017

The Start of The Profiler Series is Killer!

Terror stalks a small Virginia town.

FBI rising star, criminal profiler Evelyn Baine, knows how to think like a serial killer. But she's never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods. As the body count climbs, Evelyn's relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career - and her life - at risk. And the evil lurking in the Burier's mind may be more than even she can unravel.

Terror is closer than she thinks.

The Bakersville Burier knows he's got an FBI profiler on his trail. He knows who she is and where to find her. And he's biding his time, because he's planned a special punishment for Evelyn. She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it's her turn to be hunted!
The Profiler #1
Elizabeth Heiter
Pub Date: 12/2013
Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Myster, Thriller
Rating: 5/5
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The first novel of The Profiler series is equal parts intriguing and thrilling. Elizabeth Heiter takes readers into the life of a young profiler who works obsessively to bury the pain of her past.

Evelyn Baine, hard-working and socially awkward, is assigned an important case. She is to help catch a killer who tortures and rapes women, then buries them up to their heads so that they're on display, by providing a profile to the local police force. The profile is tricky and even Evelyn can't quite put all the components together. As the case quickly escalates she realizes that this may be the case that could end her career. Either she'll overwork herself to the point of no return or the killer will turn his sights on her.

Hunted is an amazing story. I knew I was going to like it, but I loved it by the time I finished reading. Evelyn is the kind of character with layers that aren't immediately noticeable. The first things I noticed, though, are that she's strong and values her independence, and is prone to hiding her vulnerabilities. I'm sure as I continue reading the series that there will be more that is revealed about her. Her past plays a large role in the person she is. It's what makes her so focused on becoming a top profiler. She plans to look into the cold case of her childhood friend's disappearance. Especially as new information comes to light that she may have been a target at that time as well.

I love that Hunted takes other perspectives into consideration. I like being privy to the thoughts of the killer and characters surrounding Evelyn. It changes the pacing of the novel so readers won't feel as though they're racing towards the end. It also gives insight into things that Evelyn herself wouldn't be able to convey, like how someone feels about her or the killer's motive.

Even though I got a bit paranoid when reading this story at night, with almost all the lights off, I am excited to read Evelyn's next mystery! I recommend this read for fans of Sandra Brannan's Liv Bergen Mysteries.

Read the series with me!



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