Books I've Read

The 7th Victim | Alan Jacobson

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“The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously seen, confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail‘s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.
 
On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied and promising career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed…
 
With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages, as he takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI Academy, where he worked with the actual profilers who have studied and interviewed twenty years’ worth of serial killers.”

Maybe it’s because I read and watch a lot of serial killer type books and shows, but goodness… this was kind of a sad version of all the others. Karen Vail, hard ass… loving mother… dedicated FBI agent… HORRIBLE decision maker. I understand that that is what makes her personality, but holy crap, could we at least have her do something right for once? I really wanted to be on her side. I wanted to back Karen throughout the whole book but I got to the point where I was like… that was really stupid Karen. I mean, she goes through a ton of stuff that would make anyone just want to throw their hands up in the air and say I give up. And instead of doing stuff that she knows she needs to do because as an agent she would tell anyone and everyone the right thing to do… but instead she does the complete opposite and gets into more chaos.

Honestly, it almost read like a bad Lifetime movie. And maybe my life is much more censored than normal but the cussing from the agents and detectives was pretty ridiculous. I can only read “We need to get this fucker” so many times because I want to just kill someone myself. I can see the cussing from the UNSUB, but all the time from the task force?! Ugh. Talk about turn off. I get it… it is a stressful job, but these people don’t sound like they would be part of a task force to catch a serial killer.

I do have to give it to Jacobson though because the realization of who the actual Dead Eyes Killer was a definite twist. For some reason, I kept wanting it to be Robby. I mean, who doesn’t want it to be the lover boyfriend. I suppose that would have been a twist that everyone would have seen coming. That’s why I don’t write books my friends. So for the ending, A+.

I was really debating with myself on whether or not I wanted to continue with this series, but apparently I had already bought Crush which is the second book, without realizing it was part of the series. So I suppose I will give Karen Vail another shot and see how she fairs with this new killer.

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“Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California’s wine country.
 
Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley. But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of the exclusive wine cave, the work of an extraordinary unpredictable serial killer. From the outset, Vail is frustrated by her inability to profile the offender-until she realizes why: the Behavioral Analysis Unit has not previously encounter a killer like him.
 
As Vail and the task force work around the clock to identify and locate him, they’re caught in a web of knotted with secretive organizations, a decades-long feud between prominent wine families, and widespread corruption that leads Vail to wonder whom, if anyone, she can trust. Meanwhile, as the victim count rises, Vail can’t shake the gnawing sense that something isn’t right.
 
With the killer’s actions threatening the Napa Valley’s multi-billion dollar industry, the stakes have never been greater, and the race to find the killer never more urgent. And through it all, a surprise lurks… one that Karen Vail never sees coming.
 
Meticulously researched during years of work wit the FBI profiling unit and extensive interviews with wine industry professionals, bestselling author Alan Jacobson delivers a high velocity thriller featuring the kind of edge-of-your-seat ending that inspired Nelson DeMille to call him “a hell of a writer.””
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