Genres: Crime, Romantic Suspense
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on Dec. 31st
Also in this series: Chocolat, Awakening, Omens, Pawn, Afterburn, , Trouble Comes Knocking
Also by this author: Stalked
Terror stalks a small Virginia town.
FBI rising star, criminal profiler Evelyn Baine, knows how to think like a serial killer. But she's never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods. As the body count climbs, Evelyn's relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career - and her life - at risk. And the evil lurking in the Burier's mind may be more than even she can unravel.
Terror is closer than she thinks.
The Bakersville Burier knows he's got an FBI profiler on his trail. He knows who she is and where to find her. And he's biding his time, because he's planned a special punishment for Evelyn. She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it's her turn to be hunted!
Hunted is the debut novel for this author and even though I thought it seem to drag out at the end I will be interested in reading this new series as I have always had an interest in criminal profiling so this book really was up my alley.
Evelyn is a natural profiler but probably because she has been learning the craft since her childhood friend went missing at the age of twelve. She comes from a dysfunctional family and has a lot of flaws but she takes her profiling serious. Her friends might think she takes it a little to serious and it does put a damper on her personal life.
Evelyn has just transferred to the BAU unit and has a lot to prove even though she is a great profiler. She seems to think that her boss doesn’t think she can do her job and because she is small in stature she always seem to have to prove everything. She catches a case in Bakersville where two women are found buried with their heads sticking out of the ground. Not long after she is given this case she is abducted outside the bar she frequents with co-workers. She was drugged and she verily gets away and it irritates her that she let herself get taken.
The book takes a bit of a turn then from just catching a serial killer because now the profiler has been attacked. Evelyn tries so hard to not have to rely on anyone to look after her. She doesn’t want to be vulnerable to anyone, so being attacked is really turning her world upside down. Evelyn trained hard not to be ever get put in that sort of position so it’s really reeking havoc with her mind. Even when the case is no longer hers she can’t just let someone else catch him, she has to do it.
It has a few secondary characters that I need to speak about because I am sure they are going to play a large part in the series or at least I hope they do. Dan, her boss is a little rough around the edges but as the novel progress you find out he actually does think she is a good profiler. Greg is the one who trained her and he considers himself her partner whether she does or not. He worries about her because he knows she is always working. Gabe is Gregg’s cousin and works for HRT and him and his partner Kyle are always coming over to the BAU unit to talk with Gregg and Evelyn. Kyle really likes Evelyn, but he doesn’t think he has a chance with her. He can see that she has already profiled him into a certain category. Evelyn likes him but she just doesn’t want to let anyone in and she also uses the excuse of not wanting to date anyone that works as an agent. I am sure that as the series progresses he will become the love interest and he seems like a really nice guy.
I really liked reading all about a criminal profiler and Hunted did have a bit of a different twist since the profile becomes a target of the killer. I also think the author did a great job for her first novel, but it seemed to me to drag out a little towards the end. Sometimes I found myself saying, ‘can we just catch the killer already’.
Overall I really enjoyed Hunted and if you are into crime thriller type books you might enjoy it as well.