Series: Maggie O'Dell

Stucky’s Back! Split Second by Alex Kava

Posted March 21, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Stucky’s Back! Split Second by Alex KavaSplit Second by Alex Kava
Series: Maggie O'Dell #2
Published by Mira on March 1, 2007
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 417
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-half-stars
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They dubbed him the Collector, so named for his ritual of collecting victims before disposing of them in the most heinous ways possible. FBI Special Agent Maggie O'Dell tracked him for two years, finally ending their game of cat and mouse. Now Albert Stucky has escaped from prison...and he is setting up a new game for Maggie O'Dell.

Some say Maggie O'Dell has lost her edge as one of the FBI's best profilers. Since capturing Stucky, she's been walking a tightwire, battling nightmares and guilt over the victims she couldn't save. Now that Stucky is loose again, she's been pulled out of the field. But she knows it's only a matter of time before she's drawn back in--because only she can see so clearly into the mind of this madman. And he's counting on just that.

As Stucky's trail of victims leads closer and closer to Maggie, she is put back on the case under the supervision of Special Agent R. J. Tully. Together they race against the clock to hunt the killer who remains one bloody step ahead of them. And Maggie finds herself pushed to the very edge. Has her desire to stop Albert Stucky become a matter of personal vengeance? Has she crossed the line? And has that been Stucky's goal all along--to make her into a monster?

 

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Much improved over the first book though still not without issues.  

The last story ended with news of serial killer Albert Stucky’s escape. This one continues five months later with what ensues and the impact on Maggie O’Dell. We didn’t have many details about him and it all unfolds as he wreaks havoc in Maggie’s world. 

The cases are gruesome and chilling. The story moves at a pretty good pace except when it shifts to the frantic meandering of Maggie’s mind as she appears to be falling apart. There are a number of new characters introduced who appear to be constants going forward and they provide some grounding. There’s an odd angle that I have to admit had me puzzled for most of the book and it kept me into the story. 

This was much more interesting than the last, though being in Maggie’s head as she was dealing with her fears and paranoia wasn’t fun. It was a bit repetitive and dragged down the story, especially since it was apparent early on…her actions and behaviors didn’t require explanation. I’m looking forward to her new partnership and maybe getting to see her profiling skills.


Truly Twisted! A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava

Truly Twisted! A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava

Posted February 1, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

     When a young boy goes missing and is found brutally murdered in Platte City Nebraska days later, Sheriff Nick Morelli is advised to get help from FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell, especially after it appears to match previous crimes of a serial killer who was executed months earlier. O’Dell, however, is still reeling from a harrowing capture of a vicious killer a month ago where she almost lost her life. The case was extremely interesting and captured my interest immediately. However, I found the relationship between Nick and Maggie to be a distraction. She’s a highly touted profiler but never really created a strong imprint on the case. Nick came across as supremely incompetent and vacuous. And, I think that was the intent. What saved […]