This is a debut for Elizabeth Heiter who brings us a FBI thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book didn't fail to disappoint on any level, I couldn't put it down. Nonstop action combined with well developed characters that are not always perfect; their flaws make them more human and accessible to the reader. With lots of suspense, twists and turns it was difficult to predetermine the ending. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading suspense or thrillers. Her writing style reminds me of Catherine Coulter or Karen Robards. I am looking forward to her next book which is Vanished.
Evelyn Baine is a criminal profiler with the BAU (Behavior Analysis Unit) which is a division of the FBI in Virginia. She has been in this job for about a year and before that she was a field agent. She always knew this was the job she wanted. She is excellent at her job and has made quit an impression on her fellow agents. She has the ability to get into a serial killer's mindset and close cases.
Evelyn did not experience an idea childhood and as a result leaned to keep her feeling locked inside. She allows no one close, except for her grandmother who raised her. She experienced a childhood trauma and to this day it still haunts her. Her best friend was abducted and never found. She promises that one day she will find answers to what truly happened.
Recently she has been assigned to a case in Bakersville, a nearby town. A landowner has found two women murdered with their bodies grossly displayed. They were buried up to their necks with only their heads sticking out in the elements. Evelyn goes to the crime scene to start working on a profile for the local police department and of course meets resistance with the local police department.
The chief of police is skeptical of her abilities as a profiler and her role in this case. Evelyn finds herself back in the situation of having to prove her abilities and that her profile is correct. She assures him she's not there to step on anyone's toes, but to assist in catching the killer.
The autopsies reveal that both women were tortured and raped before their death and occurred two weeks apart. Evelyn is certain that the killer has done this before and that his behavior shows that he is escalating. She knows that he won't stop killing until someone stops him. As the body count climbs so does her determination, not only does this put her job in jeopardy, but also her life.
Suddenly instead of being the hunter, she is now the Hunted!!