Sunday, April 13, 2014

HUNTED by Elizabeth Heiter

The Profiler Series, Book One
Harlequin Mira
February 1st, 2014
Romantic Suspense, Mystery/Thriller
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts

Evelyn Baine is the FBI’s rising star in the B.A.U. but when she is handed the case of the Bakersville Burier, she finds herself pitting her mind and profile against a killer who is more than even she assumes him to be. The killer is on Evelyn’s trail as bodies pile up, mystery surrounding him deepens and Evelyn finds herself in the crosshairs for the first time in her career as the Bakersville Burier strikes back at Evelyn in a way that will change her forever.

For a debut author like Elizabeth Heiter to totally immerse me in the world of FBI Criminal profilers and the chase of a killer, was astounding. I literally lost track of time as the twists and turns in the book left me reeling even as I flipped the pages quickly to see what would happen next for Evelyn. This is an author who knows how to tease and torment her readers to the point of obsessing over what the killer would do next. I know I was one of those readers going ‘come on, you are so close’ to the pages. I have to point out that it is the characters that also contribute to the strong storyline as well. Evelyn is a flawed heroine which really drew me to her. She had secrets in her past she was determined to keep there and her drive in the FBI’s BAU division is almost to the obsessive point but you can’t help but feel for her as well. Especially when some secrets from her past come to light in the story that tells the reader just what makes Evelyn tick. The writing is very good and the story flows smoothly with enough twists to keep the reader glued to the pages till the very end.

Meet Evelyn Baine. One of the FBI’s rising stars in the BAU and a top notch criminal profiler. Her past has pushed her to where she is today and when she is chosen to give a profile on a killer called the ‘Bakersville Burier’, Evelyn will find the killer’s mind is a web of trails and she will need all her skills as a FBI Agent to beat this madman in his game. I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know Evelyn. She is a flawed yet vulnerable woman who pushes herself to do the best she can in her job, almost to the point where it becomes an obsession with her as she barely has a social life to speak of. I really think Evelyn is a woman you can’t help but fall a bit in love with as you read HUNTED. Her life has been chaotic and at times, very painful yet you get a sense that this is a person who knows what she wants to do in life and is determined to succeed no matter the cost. The author created some amazing secondary characters that I am hoping get more page time in the future books of this series. All the characters are well written and keep the story flowing smoothly.

HUNTED is a story that gripes you until the very end and doesn’t let up on the roller coaster ride at all. I loved every minute of HUNTED and cannot wait for the next book to come out. I just wish it wasn’t a year away. If you enjoy a dose of suspense with a dash of character development and more in your books, then you might want to try this new author out. I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel and have added this author as an auto-buy for me.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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