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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fast-paced character driven investigative tale

    Olivia ¿Livie¿ St. Martin tries to stop the man with the blue bird on his arm from abducting her older sister Melissa, but he just slaps the little girl away and throws Missy inside his black truck. As he drives off, Livie¿s parents hearing her screams race outside, but they are too late. Her mom hugs Olivia, but that was the last squeeze she ever received from her. --- Over three decades later, Olivia is Director of Trace Evidence and Materials Analysis at the FBI lab in Virginia when her former husband Dr. Greg van Burns informs her that the DNA of the man she testified abducted her sibling, Brian Harrison Hall, does not match a hair found on Missy¿s corpse. Hall is freed while Livie is stunned as the only thing that relieved her survival guilt was the conviction of her sibling¿s rapist-killer. Needing to learn the truth, she breaks office procedures by leaving the lab to do field work. Olivia quickly finds evidence that a serial killer is loose and has been for years his last known victim in Seattle where she teams up with workaholic Police Detective Zack Travis to stop a clever psychopath and to figure out who killed Missy. --- THE KILL is a fast-paced character driven investigative tale starring a stunned heroine who knows the irony that her field of expertise exonerated Hall. The romance between Livie and Zack seems somewhat forced, as the investigation takes front and center as the crime lab guru and the homicide detective follow clues that take several intriguing twists. Fans of police procedurals with an overwrought obsessed star will want to read Allison Brennan¿s fine thriller and seek her two previous FBI tales (See THE PREY and THE HUNT). --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Great book

    Couldnt put it down, looking forward to reading more by thus author

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    Overall Rating: 4.85 // Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 4.7 / Romance: 4.

    Overall Rating: 4.85 // Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 4.7 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 3.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Laughter: 1 // Tears: 6 / Teary: 1
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    The Kill: 4.85:
    An un-put-down-able, re-read-able book because: {1} Allison Brennan is a favorite author; {2} Romantic Suspense is a favorite sub-genre; and {3} Brennan is a very talented storyteller who can quickly draw her readers into a romantic and suspenseful story and keep their interest all the way through the book.  Except that this story went on a bit too long after the exciting 'this should have been the big finale' scene.
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    Hero: 4.0:
    Zack Thomas: A Seattle Homicide Detective who is sexy, protective, caring, confident, determined and every romance reader's dream come true:
    " . . . If there was one thing Zack Travis knew, it was women.  When to touch.  Where to touch.  How to touch.  (page 79) . . . "
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    Heroine: 4.5:
    Olivia St. Martin: The strong-willed, intelligent director of Trace Evidence and Materials Analysis at FBI's Virginia-based laboratory who hides her compassion, obsession, and determination behind a façade of ice.  It was easy to identify with Olivia and understand her emotional angst.
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    Story Line: 5.0:
    What an exciting premise around which to revolve a story.  A little girl loses her big sister to a killer and from that moment on her life is never the same.  Through science, she is driven to find justice for all victims of crime.  When she finds out she helped incarcerate an innocent man for killing her sister, she stops at nothing to find the actual killer.  She poses as an FBI Agent to insert herself into the Seattle Police Department's investigation of a serial killer -- believing him to be the man who killed her sister.
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    Action: 4.0:
    The story begins to soar as Zack and Olivia head up the investigation into The Seattle Slayer.  The action in this book, however, is more in the line of police procedural events than exciting adventurous scenes such as car chases and the like.
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    Emotion: 4.7:
    Brennan is amazing as she weaves such deep emotion into a story about a monster.  The emotion in this story is rich for several reasons. {1} Who cannot help but hate a serial killer who rapes and kills little girls?  {2} Brennan richly details the devastation that the families of the slain girls experience -- concentrating on Olivia's crumbling steel walls of control.
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    Romance: 4.5:
    The awareness that arched between Zack and Olivia was never left in doubt.  Zack was attracted to Olivia in spite of the "don't touch" signals she broadcast.  Olivia's walls of emotional protection began to collapse and a deep romantic connection built as she spent more time with Zack.
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    Sensuous: 3.0:
    Brennan knows how to include spice, heat, passion and emotion in her love scenes.
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    Suspense: 4.0:
    The suspense was constant and became more intense as the story progressed.  Brennan painted such a complex, controlled, astute picture of The Seattle Slayer and his ability to evade detection, that she had readers wondering how Zack, Olivia and their team were going to catch this slippery predator.
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    Secondary Characters: 4.5:
    Brennan seems to really get into the heads of her supporting characters.  She did a phenomenal job of making both The Seattle Slayer (the true villain) and Brian Harrison Hall (the circumstantial villain) very multi-faceted.  Although not as well developed as these two men, the other supporting characters in the book came to life with concise descriptions and minimal appearances.  It was nice to get a picture of Quinn and Miranda Peterson's future when they were included in the story.
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    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *The Kill*.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Great read

    I loved this book. I like suspense books and this was definitely a page-turner. I haven't read the first two books of this series but I plan to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

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    Loved it

    Great book! I loved this book, kept me on the edge of my seat. Allison can really entertain her readers. Highly recommend this trilogy if you like this genre. The sex scenes between Zack and Olivia were hot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    The Kill - the best for last

    The trilogy started with The Prey, continued with The Hunt, and finished with The Kill. Allison Brennan saved the best for last with The Kill. Olivia is a flesh-and-blood, three dimensional character. Her trials and tribulations are real and heart-wrenching. When she realizes that her testimony has allowed a killer to go free for 30 years she will stop at nothing to see him brought to justice. Her career and life are put on the line as she does her all to catch a killer. She is aided in her pursuit by a Seattle cop, Zack Travis. She falls into danger and into love. Brennan finishes up this trilogy with a bang.

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