Sunday, January 3, 2021

The #Sexy #Nerd #Book #Review...Before He Kills...#Psychological #Thriller


From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series.

In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, Before He Kills marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.  


The Sexy Nerd's Review

There’s a killer on the loose who has taken religion a bit too far. So far that he, in fact, thinks he is God and that his law is the only law his victims should take faith in. Distressed out in a cornfield in Omaha with only you and a deranged nut who feels your only way out is to repent your sins. Problem is, you have no idea what your sins are or who you committed these sins against. But He knows and until you advise what it is you’ve done wrong, you will stay tied to a wooden pole in the middle of a cornfield with only your bra and panties on, makeup running, and your thoughts running even faster. While your mind is frantically trying to help you escape, you feel your skin being ripped apart by the whip that is lashing into it. All you know is, please let it end because you have taken just about all that you can. 

This is where Detective MacKenzie White enters. Only for you, it’s way too late. You’re now gone and Det. White has to figure out who in the hell has tortured you like this? One major clue she discovers is a series of numbers carved out in the wood the victim was tied to. There are drag marks in the dirt. Det. White’s partner doesn’t feel the numbers mean anything, but then again why would he? Porter doesn’t care much for MacKenzie because she’s a woman, she’s young and too smart for her own good, according to him. Instead of working with her to help bring this maniac to justice, he’s too busy hating on her while she’s trying to work. And this, readers, is where our story begins to unfold. 

First, let me start with what I loved about this story. As usual, Pierce brings the heat and the detail to the story. One of the things I love about his books, but having said that, it felt a bit overkill with our protagonist, Det. White, and her dealings with the male chauvinists in the police force. It got to the point where I kept skipping how Mackenzie was feeling because it appeared to be all she was worried about. Mackenzie began to become too needy for acceptance by her peers and coworkers, and it was extremely obvious that some of the men in her department just wasn’t going to give her what she needed—respect! For as tough as she was with how she attacked the serial killer case she was on, she was just the opposite when it came to her partner and her boss. For me, if a woman has those types of balls to go after a serial killer all on her lonesome and handle business, then how can she be so weak when it comes to what her coworkers think about her? I don’t know, Nerds, that really bothered me to some degree. And when I tell you it was throughout the entire book, that’s exactly what I mean. Her needing approval and acceptance just got on my damn nerve. So, I glossed over those parts and stuck to the story at hand which I was so here for. 

This was a really good book when you ignored the small issues Mackenzie was dealing with. I have read quite a few books by Pierce and he’s usually on point, which he was with the technical aspects of this story, but I just wish it didn’t deal so much with the inconsistencies of Mackenzie’s personality. I realize we’re made up of more than just one factor, but to have a character so strong in some things and then completely weak and mild on the other just feels a bit extreme for my tastes. However, having said this, I still loved the book. 

The Sexy Nerd gives Before He Kills four whip-it-good stars. The story starts of right away giving you insight into the killer’s mind, which will make you want to exit stage left immediately, but for those of you who love a good whodunit, you will NOT be able to tear your eyes away from this one. Until next time, Nerds, open a book and get mind blown! 
Open a Book and Get Mind Blown!!!


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