Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4.5 Star Review ~ THE PROFILER by Chris Taylor


A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney... Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they're still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife's suicide, Clayton's forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case. Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiance intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she's determined not to cut him any slack. But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible. Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it's too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie..."


REVIEW

The Profiler was a very good book.  It kept my attention throughout.  There were a lot of unexpected twists and turns that drove the story along.  Although there was a romantic element to the book, it definitely played a backseat to the mystery and suspense.  Oh, and there was a surprising amount of murder, pain and suffering that made the book very serious.

This story is based in Sydney, Australia.  The Profiler is about the search for a sadistic serial killer that has been mutilating young women.  When the police department gets desperate, they call in Australian Federal Police profiler Clayton Munro.  He gets partnered with lead Police Detective Ellie Cooper. Both Clayton and Ellie have suffered major losses in their lives and have yet to heal from those losses.  More importantly, they have not given themselves an opportunity to be happy again.  The fact that a murder investigation brings them together creates an interesting dynamic between them.  The suspense regarding their relationship is just as compelling as the suspense regarding the murderer that they are trying to find.

As more information about the killer’s past is revealed, you understand what drove him to his sickness.  The suspense regarding his identity is drawn out throughout most of the book.  When everything is revealed, you will be shocked.  In addition, the relationship that develops between Clayton and Ellie will be just as intriguing.  They have a very therapeutic effect on each other that goes beyond a simple romance.  There is so much more to be said about this book but it would ruin it for you.  I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Rating: 4.5

Release Date:  February 21, 2014
Book Length:  324 pages
Source: Author
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback


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