Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante’s crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s electric Killer Instinct series
Sheltered in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains is the suspect who’s summoned FBI agent Macey Night’s fears to the surface. Every day that the “Profiler,” a vigilante serial killer, escapes justice is another day she’s reminded of what it is to be a ruthless predator’s prey. Capturing him is a craving deeper than anything she’s felt in a long time. But Agent Bowen Murphy, equal parts sexy and volatile, seems hell-bent on changing that. Working together—needing, living, and breathing each other—they’re entwined to distraction.
Bowen’s used to operating on impulse: act, don’t feel. Now Macey and the controlled terror behind her beautiful eyes has him rethinking everything, including his rule to never get close to a colleague. He’s willing to fight for a future with Macey, but the consequences of love could be deadly.
With nonstop twists in the plot, this serial killer hunt kept me mesmerized until the end. The gory, grisly crimes, the constant guessing of the possible culprits, the struggle to get just one step ahead of him, to survive, to save just one of his victims, to live through his attacks, it had me on my toes, on the edge, holding my breath, making the book impossible to put down until I knew for sure that there was a deliverance from the evil, from the chase for survival.
The gloomy crimes took the story into the deep, dark, dangerous corners of a twisted human mind. The danger and threat are palpable in the air, the possibilities to survive are meager, the endless opportunities to hide in the vast environment of the Smokies gives the sick and twisted hunter an upper hand. The constantly adding numbers of the victims feel devastating, the struggle to feel compassion towards the prey, as they are as vicious killers as the hunter, is overwhelming. No one is safe, as it seems the mastermind has an access to the deepest thoughts and secrets of the FBI agents trying to capture him.
Yes, the suspense is intense, dark, and sinister but it is balanced by the light that comes from the developing relationship between the FBI partners Macey Night and Bowen Murphy. The passion between them is ardent and eager, as the long-simmered emotions finally cascade into the freedom, overflowing despite the rules of the FBI. I loved the connection between Macey and Bowen, while it was tight and strong, filled with passion, there was fragile tenderness in it as well. The need to protect, to keep each other safe even more urgent because of their shadowy history, their past encounters with the killers that they barely survived.
A riveting story with fascinating, gripping, on-the-edge suspense and enthralling and alluring romance between the main characters who charmed me with their intriguing, hidden depths, their caring natures, and their need to protect. A thrill ride of a story that kept me up until the wee hours of the night, driven by the need to find justice for the innocent victims, for the culprits to be captured, and for hero and heroine to survive. Truly an unputdownable story, a great addition series focusing on the FBI's special agents' hunt of the serial killers.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me