Series: Killer Instinct #1
Published by HQN on March 28, 2017
Genres: Contemporary RS
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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n New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's gripping new series, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.
Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha's career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI's failure on the complex case, Samantha fled Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.
Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the sadistic assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.
But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim—Samantha.
This is book 1 in the Killer Instinct series, and it follows the prequel The Gathering Dusk. If you’ve been keeping track, Abduction fits in between the two books, but can be read as a stand-alone.
In the prequel, we’re introduced to Samantha Dark and her partner Blake, and while we see that she’s the latest up and coming profiler in the FBI, we also see that her boss cares a lot about how they present the Bureau in the media. When Sam botches a profile, and several girls end up dead, she’s fired. But, she didn’t really botch the profile. She was spot-on.
And that killer is still out there. Closer than she thinks.
Blake knows Sam wasn’t wrong.
Sam has returned home to both recover from the professional blow, and the fact that the on-the-loose killer was a friend (not a spoiler-it happens in the beginning). But while she’s home, she’s still working on the case. She’s going to bring him in. With or without her badge.
But when Blake shows up and tells her she needs to help stop the killer, she’s not interested in helping him. Blake disrupts her cool self-composure. He makes her feel too much.
The mind games the killer is playing are hitting close to home, and while Sam is convinced she can handle it, they still take their toll. Blake wants to be there for her, and not just as a partner. Sam doesn’t want him to get close, though. Although with the way those two are hitting sparks off each other, she may not have a choice.
While she thinks she knows what the killer is thinking, Blake thinks she’s too close to the situation to see clearly. And the killer thinks she’s meant for him and is torn between getting Blake out of the way, and showing Blake (and Sam) how much smarter he is. With the killer closing in, and a possible copycat out there now targeting Samantha, she knows they don’t have much time.
I think that my favorite thing about Cynthia Eden novels is that the mystery always feels fresh. Her bad guys have evolved and gotten even more intense. They are the perfect foils to her hero and heroine. She continues to keep me enthralled, and I really think I haven’t met a Cynthia Eden novel I don’t like. The intensity and the intrigue keep you hanging on each word, flipping pages as quickly as possible. If you’re new to her, pick up a Cynthia Eden book today!
***ARC courtesy of Harlequin