The Third to Die : A Novel
On Sale Date: February 4, 2020
$26.99 USD, $33.50 CAD
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
About the Book:
New York Times bestselling author and gifted storyteller Allison Brennan’s new standalone thriller features a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer.
Brennan’s novel will launch a book-a-year series featuring a fabulous cast of recurring
characters. It’s the story of a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer; and the bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for the future books in the series.
Detective Kara Quinn is visiting her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, after being placed on administrative leave by the LAPD, when she comes upon the mutilated body of a young nurse during an early morning jog. The manner of death is clearly ritualistic; she calls it in. Meanwhile back in DC, special agent in charge Mattias Costa is meticulously staffing his newly-minted Mobile Response Team. One of his first recruits is the brilliant FBI forensic psychologist Catherine Jones. When word reaches Matt that the Washington state murder appears to be the work of the Triple Killer–it will be the first case for the MRT. Jones has done the only profile on this serial killer, but she is reluctant to join the unit, still shaken by the death of her sister a year ago under circumstances for which she holds herself responsible. But only she holds the key to understanding the killer’s obsessive pattern–three murder victims, three deep slashes a piece, each three days apart, each series beginning on a March 3rd–3/3, then a three-year hiatus before he strikes again.
This time they have a chance to stop him before he claims another victim strikes, but only if they can figure out who he is and where is is hiding.
About the Author:
Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. She was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers, has had multiple nominations and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a five-time RITA finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. Allison believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five kids. Allison and her family live in Arizona. Visit her at allisonbrennan.com
[I received a digital arc for a honest review]
The Third to Die is the first book in Allison Brennan’s new series, Mobile Response Team. It follows police detective as they track down a serial killer who they know very little about with limited resources. A start to a suspense thriller series with potential.
The Third to Die is told from 4 separate point of views. The Killer, which is a point of view I always enjoy. It’s fascinating to be in their mind and see how they rationalize their actions and what makes them tick. Mathias Costa, the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the new Mobile Response team. He was intense, smart, and when he became frustrated he would transition into Spanish. Kara Quinn, an undercover detective, whose point of view I always looked forward to. She was confident, assertive, and attentive. Finally, we have the point of view of the criminal profiler Catherine. I felt her POV was completely unnecessary, it added a whole tragic backstory that felt outside of the main story.
The story felt like I was watching a really long episode of criminal minds. There was a lot of information dropping. Especially in the begging, they kept repeating the same bare facts about the killer over and over again. At one point the only thing keeping my interest was the actions of Kara Quinn. I didn’t find it to be much of a mystery, I felt from pretty early on you knew the gist of what the killer was up to and you were just along for the FBI’s ride to figuring it out and catching him before it was too late.
There was plenty about the story I did enjoy though. I enjoyed every minute of the repertoire between Kara and Matthias. They start the beginnings of a romantic relationship at least as much as they can during a murder investigation. There are some off page intimate scenes that are a built up perfectly for their characters. I also felt that the rest of the Mobile Response Team was memorable and I liked their character’s stories. The end of the story was not what I expected which is a good thing. It was action packed and the tensions were high.
I’m having trouble rating this book, it’s one of those instances where I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it, yet I’m curious enough about the main characters to want to continue the series.