The Third to Die

The Third to Die

by Allison Brennan


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An edgy female police detective…

An ambitious FBI special agent…

Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage.

Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778309444
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 700
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

ALLISON BRENNAN is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over thirty novels. She has been nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers and the Daphne du Maurier Award. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in Arizona with her husband, five kids and assorted pets.

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The Third to Die 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Grandma_Sandy 13 days ago
Allison Brennan has a gift for making the characters in her books come alive. The Third To Die introduces a new group of protagonists that I hope to revisit in many books to come. The plot was filled with twists and turns and I could not put the book down until I finished it. It's a great addition to my collection of Allison Brennan books!
Lisa Bodemann 8 days ago
I love this new set of characters. This story was fast paced and thrilling, I didn't want to put the book down. Thank you Ms Brennan for another great series to look forward to.
Marguerite Leverenz 8 days ago
Couldn't turn the pages fast enough!!!
Samantha1020 3 days ago
The Third to Die was a suspenseful read that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. This book is the 1st in a new series featuring a newly formed FBI response team. They get called out to the newest murder in a suspected serial killer case where the killer kills three people every three years but then seemingly goes dormant in between killings. It's a highly unusual type of serial killer and FBI special agent Matt has a limited timeframe if he is going to be able to help stop the new two killings before the killer strikes again. I really enjoy police procedurals and books featuring FBI agents as the lead characters. I always enjoy following along with the investigation in the hopes that they will be able to stop the killer in time. In this book that feeling of suspense was heightened because they knew that their killer always killed the three victims in a short amount of time. They didn't have much time to figure it out and on top of that this is a newly formed team where they were adding members as they went. I really enjoyed the suspense and mystery aspects of this book. I was kept guessing until the author was ready to reveal. And on top of it, it was just such a page turner! I really did whip through this book as fast as I could because I wanted to see how it was all going to turn out. My one issue with this book was that there were times where it felt like I was missing backstory. This book is the 1st in a new series but I'm kind of left wondering if these characters came from a previous series or book by this author. It didn't happen the entire book but there were a couple of times where a past case was referenced that we were never given the full details behind. Maybe we will learn more about that case and everything that happened in a future book? Or maybe I missed the fact that this series is connected loosely to another book or series of this authors? I haven't yet figured it out. Despite that complaint, I really did enjoy this book overall. The author wasn't afraid to take chances or make surprising choices with the story line. It kept me on my toes the entire time! Overall, I enjoyed this book and am excited to continue on with this series! I've previously enjoyed a couple of this author's books - I really need to get working on her backlist more! She has quite the backlist so at least I have lots more to look forward to while I wait for the next book in this series. I'm especially intrigued by the way the author chose to end this book. The case was wrapped up but she left some major questions open for one of the characters that is going to have me jumping on that second book whenever it comes out. I would recommend this book to fans of mysteries and romantic suspense - this isn't a romantic suspense by any means but there are hints at a possible developing relationship that I think those types of readers will enjoy. This is an easy book for me to recommend! Bottom Line: A mystery that kept me reading as fast as I could just so I could see how it would all turn out! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a publisher led blog tour. Honest thoughts are my own.
Honolulubelle 6 days ago
Favorite Quotes: “Six months… Six months and the triplets start kindergarten.” She looked at her FitBit. “Five months, twenty-six days.”… Kara was still hung up on triplets. She’d definitely shoot herself. Or never have sex again. Small town cop with a small town girlfriend and a small town life. Kara almost felt sorry for him. Like he still believed in Santa Claus and she was going to burst his bubble. My Review: This was quite a complicated and multifaceted tale with a full cast of compelling, intriguing, and complex characters. I quickly fell into this brilliantly contrived, tautly written, and brain-tickling vortex that alternated between the killer and those doggedly working to find him and end his spree. The storylines packed a visceral punch and were cunningly crafted, quickly paced, and occasionally cringe-worthy. I was rabid to know all the deets about everybody and everything, and even when I knew who the killer was and why - I was still rabid to know how it would resolve. Basically, I was rabid and close to hissing at any interruption of my perusal. Pity my poor little husband. Despite her prolific body of work, this was my first exposure to the shrewd and haunting storytelling and profoundly insightful character development of Allison Brennan. I was an instant fangirl, although I wouldn’t want to get too close as I would imagine her interior life may be a bit scary to inhabit.
BuckeyeAngel 6 days ago
An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense. I’d meant to read this author for years now and I’ve finally gotten the chance. This was a pretty good book. I really liked both Kara and Matt individually. I’m not really sure how I feel about their interactions though. I really liked watching the mystery unravel as they rush to figure the murders out. I only really have a few minor complaints. One, I felt it could’ve been trimmed down a bit (ex, following as they figure things out and than also being part of them explaining it to others I thought was a bit much when it was 400pgs). Another, I didn’t really get the point of having the parts that are in the profiler’s POV. I didn’t really feel like it added to the book. The only other thing was that I felt like it ended on a slight cliff hanger. However, I don’t know if that’s just this author’s style in a series or what, but it threw me off just a bit. Overall, I enjoyed the story and both main characters. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
astoldbybex 6 days ago
Multiple Perspectives: The Third to Die gives us insight through multiple perspectives. From Detective Kara Quinn to Special Agent Matt Costa to our Triple Killer. This gives us more of a jist at what’s happening in the plot all-around and helps us truly get to know the major playing characters. There are a lot of characters that come and go throughout The Third to Die, so I strongly believe that Allison Brennan made the right choice by choosing to dive into the minds of multiple characters; shining light on each personality and the relationships that they are involved in. One thing that really causes this book to stand out is getting into the mind of the Triple Killer. Throughout the book, we get to learn more about him through his own thoughts and what the team discovers throughout their investigation. Detective Kara Quinn: Detective Kara Quinn is probably my favorite character in The Third to Die. Growing up, she had con-artist parents who were in and out of jail and attempted to use her multiple times in their shenanigans. This obviously adds rough-around-the-edges to her character; one thing I absolutely love. Her sub-plot was also fairly interesting, and it was very easy to root for her. Special Agent Matt Costa: Special Agent Matt Costa is in charge of the Mobile Response Team, and honestly, there really wasn’t much of anything to him that makes him stand out. Romance: There’s a romance/lust aspect to The Third to Die, and I believe that as the series continues it’ll get even better. At the point of this read, it’s just more of a sexy — kind of forbidden — relationship. Which I’m always here for sexy & forbidden. The Triple Killer: As mentioned above, what really adds umph to The Third to Die is the Triple Killer’s insight and point-of-view. He’s very methodical and proves to be a challenge for the team. It’s fun watching what makes him tick, and what happens when his plan gets thrown off course. Plot & Execution: Unfortunately, this is where the story kinda fails for me. Plot & execution are clearly important when it comes to a book; as this is what really holds the reader in. There is a lot of repetition in terms of what’s going on, and the character’s thoughts continuously being repeated. A lot of the internal dialogue and scenes could have been removed, and the story still would have made its point. It was a fairly long & dragging read for me. Excluding getting a glimpse into the Triple Killer’s head, there’s nothing that makes The Third to Die stick out from the other thrillers & mysteries.
Fredreeca2001 7 days ago
Kara is an LAPD undercover cop. She is on a forced vacation and she is NOT happy about it. Kara decides to spend some time with her grandmother in Washington. She ends up running across a dead body. This leads to a serial killer investigation with the FBI. And of course, being a witness…she inserts herself into the investigation. Kara is a character I can truly revel in! She is one disrespectful, smart, tough cop with some unique skills. I swear, I thought she had ESP through most of this read. She is on top of it! And nothing escapes her notice. She becomes vital to the investigation of this 3/3 serial killer. Now, don’t get me wrong…this is a team effort and and this team has a great set of skills. They know how to use them and to work together to capture their target! There is a lot going on in this story. I really enjoyed the chase in this one. It is very complex and intricate. I love a smart read that really keeps me guessing. This story is a slow build of intensity and intrigue. You just read faster and faster to get to the answers. And to the final killing…can they stop this serial killer…you MUST read this to find out! I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
T_the_Librarian 7 days ago
I was excited to read this series debut from Allison Brennan. I understand she’s written several crime novels, but this is the first I’ve read. It is also the first police procedural I’ve read in awhile, but I was craving a suspenseful read, so it seemed perfect. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me in a couple ways. Plot recap: The FBI has created a new group, the Mobile Response Team, which travels to areas with understaffed law enforcement to help solve major crimes. A dormant serial killer has just resurfaced in Washington state, and the MRT is dispatched to assist the investigation. An LAPD detective vacationing in Washington is also drawn into the case. The MRT knows the killer’s timeline and pattern and is racing the clock to find him before he kills again. Here’s what I enjoyed: - The last 20% of the novel really picked up the pace. There was even one event that took me by surprise. - The killer’s plan was quite intricate. Lots of moving parts, and everything had a meaning. It wasn’t exactly unique, but it was interesting. Here’s what didn’t work for me: - I understand that a procedural will, by nature, contain lots of details, some of them mundane. And I do think the author did research to make it as true-to-life (and un-Hollywoodish) as possible. The trick to making a procedural readable is to write it tightly, and that’s where the novel didn’t hold up for me. Writing tightly means you don’t give excess information or explain what should be obvious to the reader. And make sure that you tie up your loose ends. If your team spends pages speculating and investigating a lead, make sure you tie it off. Since approximately 70% of this novel is procedural, I had a hard time slogging through the loose, repetitive, and sometimes sloppy story-telling, only to be confused when a major lead suddenly becomes assumed fact. - I never really connected to the characters. There wasn’t a whole lot of differentiation between the narrators’ voices (except for the overly-childish killer and the Spanish peppered into Agent Costa’s dialogues). While I recognize that the two main characters were supposed to be emotionally-unavailable even to themselves, they’re robotic workaholism left me feeling disconnected. Overall, this would have been a two-star read for me, but the last 20% earned it another star. Would I recommend it to others? Only to those who have a high tolerance for repetitive and detail-saturated procedurals. Will I read the next in the series? Probably not, given my backlog of to-be-read books.
KrisAnderson_TAR 8 days ago
The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the first book in the Mobile Response Team series. I like how the story begins from the point-of-view of the killer. The POV switches throughout the book between the killer, Matt Costa, Kara Quinn and Catherine Jones. There is an extensive cast of characters in this mystery. We get introduced to Matt’s team, officers involved in Liberty Lake, Kara’s boss, Matt’s boss, town citizens and officers in Spokane. It was a little overwhelming at times. I like that we are given background on the main characters who have their foibles and troubles just like real people. Kara is a strong, intelligent female who has been working undercover in Los Angeles since she became a detective. She is aware of her surroundings and notices details that others miss. She is frustrated on administrative leave (bored) and happy to help the Mobile Response Team. The Mobile Response Team is a newly formed unit of the FBI with Matt Costa in charge. He is still assembling the team when the Triple Killer strikes in Liberty Lake, Washington. The Third to Die is an intriguing mystery with this mysterious killer who strikes three times every three years (has a thing for threes). There is plenty of action as they search for the murderer. It is a police procedural type of story with forensic details and a psychological profile (red tape too). There is also small town politics and jurisdictional problems included (police seem to dislike the FBI swooping in and taking over a case). The one downside of the switching POV is the repetition of case details as well as information on various characters. The author is a descriptive writer who includes the tiniest of details (did we really need to know what Kara was wearing while jogging down to the color of the stripe on her pants). I do want to let you know there an extensive amount of foul language. The gore and violence is to be expected with this type of book. With a little tweaking, The Third to Die would have been a home run for me. There is some romance (and intimate relations) as Kara and Matt work closely together to catch the Triple Killer (I wish the author had not ventured into this territory). The ending has us wondering what Kara will do next after an unexpected turn of events when she returns to Los Angeles. We will have to wait for the next Mobile Response Team novel to find out. The Third to Die is perfect for those readers who enjoy traditional suspenseful action mysteries. The Third to Die has a conniving killer, alert agents, petty politics, frustrating fatalities, a puzzled profiler, and a perceptive detective.
thicks 8 days ago
The mind of a killer and the way it's detailed in this book is off the chart. This author truly has a way with bringing out that part of her character and it made this read that much more appealing. Kara on vacation, a forced one at that, is sucked into a murder investigation. It just happens to be a serial killer which in turn brings out a newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team. This is the first book in the series and my first read by this author. The mystery/thriller part of the read is beautifully done, includes suspense and yeah the killers pov is part of the mix and what keeps things interesting. This author also includes a ton of detail on the team itself and at times I found myself stretched to remember how they all fit into the story. Then of course the romance is thrown in and while there isn't a cliffhanger it is clear it's a lead to the series. While I enjoyed the story I have to agree with other reviewers that said it felt familiar, not in it being copied just that it wasn't unique. I would like to see where she takes the series and probably will read more of her work.
rlane 8 days ago
The Third to Die is the first in a new series by Allison Brennan, following the newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team, a team set up to help small towns with limited policing resources to solve complex crimes. Mathias Costa, the Special Agent in Charge lands the first case before he even has time to fully staff the team, but all that must be put on the back burner because this killer will murder two more people unless they catch him quickly. Undercover Detective Kara Quinn is on a forced vacation in her hometown of Liberty Lake and while out jogging she catches sight of a body. Her quick response and thinking yields useful information, and Mathias gladly accepts her help as he’s short handed and in need of smart investigators. Kara was a strong, intelligent investigator, with knack for reading people, and a superb memory. She was a bit prickly, spoke her mind, and seemed to hold people at arm’s length, which made her a complicated love interest for Mathias, but I’m definitely rooting for them in the long-term. I’m looking forward to peeling back Kara’s layers in the coming books and seeing her progress emotionally (I hope) in the future. We get a little glimpse of Mathias’ past involving his reluctant profiler, Catherine Jones. Not all is explained, but somehow a prior case led to the death of Catherine’s sister who was involved with Mathias. It seems it was more of a superficial relationship for Mathias, but not all the particulars were spelled out, so I’m not sure. I think more will be revealed in future installments. Catherine is dealing with a lot of guilt from the death of her sister, affecting her marriage and family and had her questioning her decision to be a profiler. After reading and loving Allison Brenan’s Max Revere series and other mysteries, I was excited pick up her newest, and it did not disappoint! Ms. Brennan excels at writing suspenseful, action-packed thrillers, and this one had me on the edge of my seat so that, even though the story was a little on the long side page-wise, I didn’t really notice it. Any fan of crime procedurals with smartly written, and multi-layered characters should enjoy The Third to Die, and really any of Ms. Brennan’s books. I’m a huge fan of her writing! The immediate case was solved, but the character’s lives, and past cases are not all wrapped up, leaving a lot of room for future stories. I’m eager to find out what’s next!
Momma_Becky 8 days ago
The Third to Die is the start of a brand new series by Allison Brennan, and she certainly knows how to build tension. This one pulls you in right out of the gate with the perspective of a serial killer, and from there we get introduced to the key players. The story has good flow, and the tension steadily rises throughout the book. There were a few lags here and there, but overall, the story held my interest and kept me engaged. As the start of a series, the characters that make up the Mobile Response Team are interesting and the type that I'll look forward to seeing again in future books. All in all, this first in the series is well-written, entertaining, and a great intro to the characters. I'll be interested to see where it all goes from here.
BookAddictFL 9 days ago
The Third to Die is the first book in a promising new series that reads like a police procedural with a smattering of suspense. The lead characters are complex and interesting, though several also fall into the overused lane of past trauma causing them to become emotionally unavailable. Sometimes I feel like every cop out there has suffered unimaginable personal tragedy. I like that Kara is the wildcard, hard to pin down and more likely to go rogue, while Matt is the law and order type. Early on, we’re introduced to a whole lot of characters, and at times we get bogged down in their backstories and personal drama. In this respect, the story suffers from the ‘first in a series’ pitfall of trying to incorporate too many players and their life stories, all at once. At times, we also wade in tedium and repetitive detail, as happens with some police procedurals. This book is roughly 464 pages, and I think pacing would’ve benefited by losing about 75 pages. While the plot moves in a predictable direction, it’s entertaining and does provide a surprise or two. The major issues are all resolved at the end, so no cliffhangers. We’re left with an intriguing thread to pull on for the next book in the series. *I received a review copy.*
Booksandknitting 9 days ago
This book caught my interest right from the start and kept me reading until the end. A new FBI Mobile Response Unit is sent to Spokane, Washington to investigate a brutal murder that is linked to a serial killer called the Triple Killer. He kills on March 3, 6 and 9 every three years, so the team has a very short time to capture him. The witness who discovers the first body is a rebel undercover detective from LA, home on forced leave. The action and tension is kept at a finely-tuned level throughout the book and the story moves quickly. The identities of the killer is revealed as law enforcement and a top profiler zero in on his identity. Allison Brennan is beginnings new series with this book, and I am eagerly waiting for the next story.
ReadsWithGranddaughters 10 days ago
A first book in a new series, this thriller was fantastic. With nonstop action, a serial killer needs to be caught as quickly as possible. Since previous patterns of this unknown criminal happen fast, figuring out the next victim is crucial. I love suspense novels that involve multiple crime fighters working together, such as the FBI, detectives, and psychological profilers. The conflicts are there, but all of them have the common goal of figuring out who the murderer is. I look forward to the next book in this series. [I received this through a Goodreads giveaway and the publisher, and my opinion is my own.]
SevenAcreBooks 10 days ago
An exciting first installment in a new series, The Third to Die introduces us to an interesting cast of characters intent on catching a serial killer once and for all. Fast paced and full of action, The Third to Die is perfect for thriller and mystery readers. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions and mistakes are my own.
AJ_DreamComeReview 12 days ago
The Third to Die is a masterfully plotted mystery with engaging characters that promise to bring us plenty of entertainment. The mystery itself was smart as it was grisly with plenty of action to keep you engaged. There is a lot of profiling information but stops just shy of being too clinical. I struggle to read books that employ multiple POVs and this book had a handful. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kara and Matt but those are the only two I care to hear from outside of random chapters with The Killer. Catherine has her place but Kara and Matt have my heart. Even with the slower read time, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. The ending was by far my favorite part, followed closely by Kara and her chameleon-like abilities! Ultimately, I enjoyed the start of what should be a gripping new series featuring Matt Kosta and his team. Brennan really knows how to subtly turn up the desperation and make you feel like you are racing against time to help catch a killer and I’m ready to ride along with their team again! The ending had the perfect set up for the next book and I’m really wishing I had a release date to stalk for it! **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BarbTRC 12 days ago
The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the 1st book in her new Mobile Response Team thriller series. We meet detective Kara Quinn, our heroine, who is on leave from her job as a cop in Los Angeles. Kara is staying with her grandmother, until she can go back to her job. She is on her morning jog, when she senses something unusual, and ends up finding the dead body of a local nurse in Liberty Lake, who was brutally murdered. FBI Agent Matt Costa, has been assigned to lead the brand-new Mobile Response Team, and immediately is sent to investigate this murder. Matt is shorthanded, as the unit has just begun to being staffed. He tries to get profiler, Catherine, who is also in seclusion trying to get past some emotionally difficult cases. Catherine will help Matt from a distance, and will offer her thoughts from her home to whatever Matt finds. What they find is a known killer (The Triple Killer), who murders three people every three years. Starting on March 3rd to March 9, he will kill using the same patterns, a nurse, a teacher and a police officer; the three-year period has started again, as the body Kara discovers is a nurse. What follows is an intense, pulse pounding thriller from start to finish. The killer is crazed, and seems to be always one step ahead of the police. Matt is the lead with his Mobile Response Team, and is tries to utilize the local police, as well as bringing in other FBI agents to help stop the killer before he kills again. I felt that Kara was a great detective, who always manages to come up with clues and ideas as to who and where to search, not to mention that she had a unique ability to spot the possible murderer. Her and Matt were great together, especially later on when their chemistry flew off the wall; but both were determined to keep their feelings at a distance, as this nightmare case was all that mattered. When the killer manages to kill the first two victims, as he had years before, it was a race against time to find him before he kills the third (a cop). It was sad and emotional when one of their own dies at the hands of the killer. As we got closer to the climax, the danger escalated in this heart stopping thriller, with the wild crazy killer one step ahead of them, and lives were on the line. I could not put the book down, holding my breath, as the suspense was amazing. The Third to Die was so well written by Allison Brennan, that I fully recommend you read this fantastic exciting edge of your seat thriller.
Denice_L 13 days ago
I love finding a new series with so much promise! Allison Brennan has obviously spent a lot of time and effort to build her cast of characters and place them into a community where they must work together to catch a killer who has evaded more experienced investigators. Each brings a unique skill set to the team and a very well developed attitude to the partnership. I've read Brennan's books in the past and have now added her newest series to my list of authors to track.
SheTreadsSoftly 13 days ago
The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is a very highly recommended procedural/thriller and is a captivating, exciting start to a new series. I'm hooked and cannot wait for the next book in the series! Undercover Detective Kara Quinn, who is on forced leave/vacation from the LAPD, decides to spend it with her grandmother in Liberty Lake, Washington. While jogging early one morning she discovers a body by the lake. It is that of a woman who is a nurse and her death indicates rage. The method of the murder is identified as likely being done by a psychopathic serial killer called the Triple Killer, named because he murders three random victims, three days apart, every three years. So, according to his profile, this is the first of what will be three murders. In Washington DC, the newly minted FBI Mobile Response Team, which is designed to cover rural areas underserved by law enforcement, is mobilized and sent to the scene to investigate the murder. The MRT team is led by FBI special agent Mathias (Matt) Costato. The killer will strike again in three days and this is a chance to stop the murder of two more people until the psychopath disappears for another three years. Kara is also assisting local law enforcement as the clock counts down, and things heat up between her and Matt. Why have I never read a thriller by Allison Brennan? I loved this procedural/thriller and was totally engrossed in the plot from start to finish. The writing was very good. I found it hard to put down - following and exploring clues and leads as the investigation continued. The plot unfolds through three different points of view, Matt, Kara, and the killer. I will concede that some sections were a bit slower, but I felt they were needed to add depth to the plot as well as convey information we needed to know. Kara and Matt are both great characters. Kara is complicated, prickly, strong, damaged, and intelligent. Matt is smart and driven; his damage is more contained but you get hints about his past. That the two would connect, work well together, be attracted to each other, and clash at the same time, was a given. I'm looking forward to the second book in this series. I'd like to see Matt and Kara take on another investigation. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of MIRA Books.
MargoKelly 13 days ago
Third to Die by Allison Brennan is a page-turner! With a balanced cast of characters, a fascinating plot, and interesting locale, Third to Die provides all the best elements of a terrific FBI mystery. If you're a fan of police-procedural novels and/or a fan of the TV show Criminal Minds, you'll love Brennan's latest novel. This is the first book I've read by her, and now I'm a forever-fan! The story is based on a "Mobile Response Team, a new squad of the FBI" which will aid small towns and underfunded communities in the solving of major crimes. While there is a lot of head-hopping with multiple points-of-view (there are a LOT of characters), Brennan does a fine job of clarifying whose perspective we're reading the story from. The only time it got weird was when the POV switched to a five-year-old boy. And yet, while it was weird, I must admit, the conclusion of his POV choked me up - almost to tears! The main characters were set up with personal wounds they each had to overcome in order to help solve the crime, and these emotional hurdles made them so much more lovable. For example, Brennan writes about Kara: "She left this place for good at the age of eighteen with a GED in her pocket and the hope of being a cop in her heart." And regarding Catherine: "You're the single best profiler the FBI has. You're the one who has these skills, this awesome and terrifying ability to get into the heads of killers ... if you leave the FBI now, because of your sister's murder, it will haunt you forever." Additionally, while I assumed from the beginning that some of these characters would have to die, when the time came, I was still surprised in the moment and impressed with how Brennan handled it. There were several places throughout the narrative where I felt like Brennan's writing was repetitive, but overall I loved the writing. For example, passages like: "Catherine disliked the word normal because there was no true normal. To her, normal simply meant a person who flew under the radar, who didn't register as good or bad, kind or cruel, attractive or unattractive." If you have an aversion to the f-word, be warned, Brennan uses the word a lot, but not so much that it made me stop reading. As the story reached its climax and the hunt for the killer was at full-throttle, I was fully engaged and reading faster and faster in order to see how the story would be resolved. I'm always concerned when I see that a novel is the first in a series, because I dislike cliff hangers at the end of a novel. My favorite way to read a series is to have each book have its own plot neatly tied up at the end, with the characters continuing from novel to novel. I am thrilled to say this new series by Brennan does just that! I look forward to reading the next in the series and continuing on with this great cast within the Mobile Response Team. [I received an early copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]
Margaret Yelton 14 days ago
Thrillers are one of my favorite genres, and this one certainly didn't disappoint. I loved Kara and Mathias, and felt like that have good chemistry between them. This is the first book in a new series by Allison Brennan, and I and sure it will be as good as all her previous series. I look forward to reading more in this series, I would certainly recommend it to others. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher and this is my fair and honest opinion of the book
nfam 14 days ago
FBI’s Mobile Response Unit Responds to Serial Killer LAPD Detective Kara Quinn is on an enforced vacation in her home town of Liberty Lake. She’s bored and wants to cut the downtime short. That changes when she finds the body of a nurse on her morning jog. She knows immediately that this is murder and also knows that the police in Liberty Lake are unequipped to handle it. She needs to find a way to get involved. Mathias Costa’s newly developed Mobile Response Team is almost ready for it’s first case. Even though arrangements are not perfect, Costa jumps at the chance to assist the Liberty Lake police. As more details emerge it starts to look like a case from three years ago. Catherine, an FBI profiler was assigned to that case, but now she’s on leave recovering from the devastating death of her sister. Costa must convince her to come back for this case. She’s the only one who can put the pieces together. This is my favorite kind of police procedural. The emphasis is on looking for clues and putting the pieces together. I thought the author did an excellent job bringing in new facts to keeps the tension high. Costa and Kara are well developed characters. Both their flaws and their strengths are on display. Their interaction makes the story more than just chasing clues. I also liked Catherine, the profiler. She seemed very talented, and I wanted to know more about her past with Costa and the case that forced her into retirement. I also liked the fact that the serial killer had chapters devoted to his view. It made the story more believable. This is the first book in a new series. I’m looking forward to the next installment. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.
CathyGeha 14 days ago
The Third to Die by Allison Brennan Mobile Response Team #1 Detective Kara Quinn has worked undercover most of her twelve years with the LAPD. She is good at her job but as a result of her last assignment is “on leave” for two weeks and has gone “home” to spend time with her grandmother. Not a woman to sit and relax she is soon assisting the FBI’s Moblie Response Team in finding the Triple Killer. This story has a great deal of police procedural information included as they look for the killer. As this is a new series each of the team of the new MRT has to be introduced and a bit said about them, too. Will they catch their man? Will they be able to save any of the people the killer is out to take the lives of? Will they figure out why the killer kills and why he chooses those he does to murder? Quite an interesting tale but not a happy ever after for everyone. What I liked: * The concept for the team and that it is not quite complete yet * Matt: seems wise and mature enough to be in charge of the team * Kara: dedicated police woman that is a bit of a chameleon. I want to know more about her * The dynamics between the various people working the case * The side story of Catherine the profiler and her situation (though I wonder if she has been in a previous book) * The potential for a relationship between Matt & Kara * The groundwork put in place for the series What I did not like: * The bad guy...what a creep. Toward the end he did sound mentally “younger” than his years...more teenager than adult at times * That some very good people ended up dead at the hands of the serial killer * Having to wait for the second book to find out what the next case will be. Thank you to NetGalley and Mira for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars