My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Elizabeth Heiter’s debut novel, Hunted:The Profiler (Harlequin Mira 2014) is a solid start, but I’ll need more to keep reading. This is the story of FBI profiler Evelyn Baine who struggles to stop a serial killer who buries his victims up to their necks after he’s killed them. Baine–according to the best profilers in the BAU (think Criminal Minds)–is the best among them, but when this monster captures her and she barely escapes, it becomes personal. It also throws her off her game.
The meat of the story is Baine’s efforts to prove herself in a male world despite her petite stature and stunning looks, wrestle with demons from her past that make her socially awkward around pretty much everyone, and fight a growing attraction to an HRT friend (the FBI’s hostage rescue team). She spends much of the time doubting herself even while she excels at her job. In true romance fashion, the story is salted with a bubbling love interest she fights, but is distracted by.
This is Heiter’s first in a series starring Evelyn Baine, FBI profiler (next one will be Vanished, due out in approx. a year). I love that character and eagerly read this type of novel. In Heiter’s case, her main character is flat (gorgeous, troubled background, genius talent mitigated by constant self-doubt). I don’t see a lot of growth between page one and page 363. The plot is standard, spiced with a few unique twists I won’t share. I’ll be honest–the focus on the boy-girl stuff gets in the way for me. It may not for you. It is more appropriately cataloged in the sub genre ‘Romantic thriller’.
Still, this is only book one in Heiter’s hopefully illustrious writing career. Many new authors start rocky and become mountains. I’d recommend it with reservations.
For more on this book, check out Bree’s take on it over at All the Books I Can Read. she covers a few details I didn’t. One more to check before you buy is Publisher’ Weekly. A nice short, pithy overview.
To purchase this book from Amazon, click Hunted (The Profiler)
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Jacqui Murray is the author of dozens of books (on technology in education) as well as the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.