Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Review: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan (Blog Tour)

The Third to Die : A Novel
Allison Brennan
On Sale Date: February 4, 2020
9780778309444, 0778309444
$26.99 USD, $33.50 CAD
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense 
464 pages

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.

My Review

Even when she’s 100’s of miles away from home, LAPD detective Kara Quinn can’t get away from trouble. She’s on a leave from her job and staying with her grandmother at Liberty Lake when she discovers a dead body during a morning jog. It’s not long before she learns that the dead body could be part of a serial killer.

A newly formed task force called the Mobile Response Team, led by FBI agent Mathias Costa is on the job and conducting the investigation. The team is still being assembled, but they have a good team to start. Kara’s expertise is a huge help so they temporarily add her to the team.

It’s a race against time since the serial killer has a timeframe of killing three people every three years. They must prevent the second killing at all costs. It’s not long before they realize one of their own could be a target.

The Third to Die is a police procedure which keeps you at the edge-of-your seat. It grabs you in from the start. It takes a little time getting to know the cast and the members of the Mobile Response Team, but the author does a good job of introducing them.

This is one of those novels that has your heart racing from the start. About halfway through the book, it was clear who the killer was, but the story is more about how they are going to stop the killer from claiming another victim.

There are many layers to this investigation. Kara and Matt are drawn together through this adventure, but once this case is solved, they would each go their separate ways.  They are each fighting their own inner demons.

I could easily see this book being made into a movie. It has all the ingredients to keep the audience engrossed and on their toes. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2020
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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

Social Links:
Facebook: @AllisonBrennan
Twitter: @Allison_Brennan
Instagram: @abwrites

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  1. Ooh, this does sound perfect for me. A book a year series sounds fun too. I might get a bit impatient though. LOL

  2. This sounds good, I need to read this.


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