Release Date - December 31, 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
For one of the last books I read in 2013, I have to say I am overjoyed I chose Hunted to close out the year. I could gush over this book for hours and still have a load to say! Not only is Hunted a gripping, powerful read, but it's one that will have at least one other book in the series, so my time with the characters is not coming to an end. This is really only the beginning! If you're a fan of Criminal Minds, do yourself a favor and go pre-order Elizabeth Heiter's debut now!
Evelyn Baine's experience as a criminal profiler with the FBI may not be lengthy, but she's one of the best at her job. As a result, she's called in to profile a serial killer who is raping, torturing, and burying women up to their necks deep in the forest. Evelyn is puzzled. Most serial killers put their victims on display, but this killer is looking for areas where people rarely go.
Because he is not following usual patterns, Evelyn struggles to come up with a solid profile that investigators can use. The clock is ticking. The Burier is on the hunt for his next victim and Evelyn has not escaped his attention.
I love psychological suspense. Unlike many books where I can pick out the guilty party, this book is set up so that there is no possible way. I loved that! I learned things as Evelyn did, which is a real treat in a suspense or mystery novel. From start to finish, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if she could catch him.
There's a secondary plot, too. The reason why Evelyn got into criminal profiling goes back to her childhood. Her best friend was abducted and never found. Evelyn keeps the case file close by, determined to unravel the truth. It looks like this case is going to be more prominent in the second book in Elizabeth Heiter's Profiler series. I cannot wait for the release of Vanished in 2015!