My Mini Thoughts

I was so intrigued by the synopsis of this book! It sounded right up my alley!  This book was pretty fast paced at the beginning.  I always love a badass female detective, and Agent Altair’s character was no exception.

The story started off strong with the investigation into two homicides, one being a police officer.  Then a bus full of kids go missing.  Some are found dead because the killer only wants a certain gender.  Then it all ties back to one of the first homicides.  I’m not one for ritualistic killings.  I’m more of a serial killer type of girl.  Don’t get me wrong, the killer is fifty sheets to crazy, but just not the crazy I gravitate towards.  Once you go down the explanation of an ancient ritual, my eyes start to water over.

It picked up again later when the detective and her crew follow bad lead after bad lead.  Your hopes are up, and then immediately diminished!  The author did a good job of throwing in a few twists you can’t see coming.  That alone peaked my interest more.

I did like how the chapters alternated between the search and the kids still alive on the bus.  It’s always interesting to read both sides.

This is book #3 in a series, and I wonder if I read the first two books if I would have liked it more.

Thank you Minotaur Books for sending this one my way!  Grab your copy July 14th!

Book Rating: 3/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Goodreads Synopsis

A bus full of high school students has disappeared from Washington D.C. and FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must hunt down the culprit who has a link to her own past.

After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer’s newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl’s body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems.

As the investigation draws her in to a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves.