This is the fourth book in Elizabeth Heiter’s Profiler series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. My fellow readers who know me well know that I normally refuse to read books out of order, but I did a wildly impulsive thing and started with book four. (What? For an introverted book worm… that is how we go wild.) And it didn’t break my brain or implode my little world one bit. I enjoyed the story, and the author did a great job of introducing new and old characters alike. Now, I will be circling back to book one (guess my wild moment was fleeting) because I’m me and because I’m curious about certain details that their history implies – especially the history between FBI special agents Evelyn and Kyle – but it truly isn’t necessary, and readers can feel free to jump in wherever they feel froggy. In this installment, Haley Cooke, a seventeen-year-old high school student, has vanished into thin air; and FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to aid the police investigation. Haley is a very popular and extremely likeable young lady who would be the last person you’d expect to be harboring a secret. But one line in a discovered hidden journal – “If you’re reading this, I’m already dead” – proves everyone has secrets and sends the profiler in a race against the clock to find out what that secret is and who may have gone to great lengths to make sure Haley never shares it.
I enjoyed the writing and the mystery itself. The story contained a plot within a plot that was interesting, and I liked where things led and how the author brought things to a close. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one small possible plot hole and a bit of implausibility that bugged me; but because there were so many moving pieces, it didn’t really take away from the story. I’m looking forward to reading more of the series and getting to know the main characters better. This was a quick read, and I think mystery lovers and fans of crime novels will enjoy this one.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.