Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct Series #2)

Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct Series #2)

by Cynthia Eden

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Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct Series #2) by Cynthia Eden

The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden continues as an FBI profiler tracks a case that resurrects ghosts from his past

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim—Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman."

It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother…and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question—has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373803217
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 365,704
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Eden is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes dark tales of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and was named a 2013 RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia lives in the Deep South, loves horror movies, and has an addiction to chocolate. More information about Cynthia may be found at

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Before the Dawn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Another fabulous read by the brilliant Cynthia Eden. Loved how she kept us guessing until the end. The characters were believable and incredibly likeable. Dawn and Tucker had a special connection for sure. Intrigue, romance, AND suspense....what more could you ask for?! Can't wait for Bowen's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author keeps you guessing until the very end to discover who the murderer is. In this novel, she has you trying to figure out how Tucker ' s DNA could be involved in the murders taking place in the city. The ending was one I never would have figured out. This series is great!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Eden is a master at what she does! I'm a fan for life!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
OMG, this book. The very first page grabbed me and just wouldn't let go--I can't tell you how many times I gasped out loud and/or winced while reading! The last 20% it was virtually nonstop...good thing Mini Moe #1 has become used to my gasps that come seemingly out of nowhere while he's driving... Before the Dawn is a romantic thriller/second chance romance story with the twist that the hero was the brother of the guy who tortured and nearly killed the heroine several years earlier. Tucker had to choose between his brother (dubbed "The Iceman") and the woman he loved back then, and has been haunted by the words of his brother, "Blood comes first," ever since. Their father had been a horrible person, his brother was even worse--would Tucker truly be able to avoid their legacy? Could Dawn ever look at him and not see the man who literally made her life a living hell? Add in the fact that it looks like there's an Iceman copycat killer running around in the city which Dawn has moved to and Tucker's FBI team is on the case, and yeah. Pretty freaking intense. Before the Dawn is the second book in the series, but worked pretty well as a standalone. Based on this one, though, I'm definitely going to back up and read the prequel and book one ( The Gathering Dusk and After the Dark ) to get ready for book three ( Into the Night ) when it comes out, because I. Must. Read. Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A dark, riveting, mind boggling story that will stay with you, it might even come to your dreams, the characters and their destinies hunt your mind, and you lose the sense of your surroundings as you immerse yourself into the menacing world of the serial killers, and the bravery and courage of those who have faced them yet are willing to go and hunt them to make the world a safer place for the rest of us. Cynthia Eden does it again. Her talented, at times creepy, words and scenes managed to give me the chills as I sat on the hot beach reading the story. But despite all the horror the serial killer creates, what stayed with me after reading the story, was the overpowering, beautiful, lasting, passionate love between ex-SEAL Tucker Frost and Dawn Alexander. The history between Tucker and Dawn is heartbreaking and horrifying. The circumstances make it so that they have no insurance whom they can trust, who is on their side, who truly has their back, how the evidence can be interpreted, and once again, testing their trust on each other. The doubts and uncertainty create tension in an already intense situation, and kept me on the edge through the tale, from the very start all the way to the end. The unwavering, steadfast connection between Tucker and Dawn is an amazing thing to witness. As more evidence comes to the light, the way they have always been mentally connected, always accepted their feelings towards each other - despite everything that has happened in the past and how they had moved on - is beautiful. The passion between them is scorching, the emotions deep and profound. Yes, there are several moments of doubts and questions, physical desires that override the sensibilities, and moments of truth that hurt but the constant love is still there, the feelings that will not fade. They are both nothing but professional, smart, capable, and able. They are willing to risk themselves to save each the other, the bravery and maturity in them had me admiring them even more. The constant turns in the plot, the distrustful atmosphere surrounding them, the new evidence, the circle of suspects getting tighter, kept me guessing and wondering to the end. There are signs yet they point to couple different directions just to play with your mind. Another cleverly crafted thriller by Cynthia Eden. An enthralling, gripping, and grim tale that makes an impression, both with its alluring romance and its perilous suspense. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one from Cynthia Eden. It had me guessing until the end. Couldn't put it down!
ShellyReyn More than 1 year ago
"Everyone faces the darkness sometimes. It's just easier when you know you're not alone in the shadows." Cynthia Eden does it again! I love this series. First it was Samantha and Brock - what a ride that was!! Now it's Tucker and Dawn. I didn't want to put this down!!! Up until the last chapter I wasn't sure who it was! The cast of suspects kept growing and just when I thought I had it figured out - BOOM! Tucker and Dawn share a past. One of violence. Murder. Killing. They've been apart for 7 years. He stayed away to protect her from the pain he saw in her eyes every time she looked at him. He looked to much like "him". Now, the killings have started again, throwing them together to put the ghost of their past to rest. But could it really be him? What a page turner! This one will keep you guessing until the end!!
livzletlivz More than 1 year ago
You want a dark and exciting romantic suspense read, then Cynthia Eden is the go-to author. And it’s just not plain horrific evil; her villains are super smart, twisted and pros at mind games, making her books one of the best thrillers to read. Latest in her Killer Instinct Series, “Before The Dawn”, brings Tucker Frost to his one and only woman he had ever loved and lost, Dawn Alexander. Surviving victim of the evil Frost sibling, Dawn had endured unimaginable torture by Jason Frost, before she can escape him when Tucker kills his brother to save his love. Ten years later and with a serial killer on the loose, imitating Jason Frost, Dawn needs some immense courage and strength to face the threat to her life. Betrayal separated Tucker and Dawn, and now death brings them together and a serial killer is playing hide and seek as he freezes his victims alive. Emotions run high, lust permeates deep and the love and trust between Tucker and Dawn is the saving grace and may very well protect them from death. I love when thrillers are just not gory and violent, but have a scintillating mind game in play. Cynthia Eden is exemplary in that field and I just love her characters. She gives equal depth and layers to the good as well as the bad, to make her stories so very brilliant. The suspense keeps us captivated, the adrenaline is high to keep us on the edge of the seats and Tucker and Dawn are partner to cheat death to have a future. “Before The Dawn” should be read to enjoy the brilliance of the plot, the characters that will become one of our favorites and the narration that is tight and it is always a pleasure to have Samantha Beck visit. Received an ARC from Harlequin via Netgalley for an honest review.