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Before It's Too Late (An F.B.I. K-9 Novel) Kindle Edition
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I was immediately pulled into the pages of this book from the get go – an emotive prologue and a #killerhook had me wanting more! more! more! My nerves were on end with this cat & mouse chase where the protagonist is at a loss of who she can trust. I loved the story-line and for me it felt like it had a personal touch and I wondered how much the author(s) injected a bit of themselves into this story.
YAY for Meg and Hawk! They are back with a bang and I have to say, I ADORE this pair! Despite Hawk being a gorgeous Labrador, the mutual respect, companionship and trust between this pair just oozes off the pages! And I loved when Meg used the command “Talon” to let Hawk know she meant business. Meg is a great character, determined, not afraid to break the rules but protective of those she loves. We see a more vulnerable side to her in this book – I won’t say why, but you’ll find out almost immediately. Her human-side outweighs her professional as she is determined to catch a killer. BRILLIANT!
We also see a little more of Cara, Meg’s sister, in this book and as much as they are alike – there are also alot of differences between these sisters. Cara is extremely clever when it comes to analysis and puzzle and it is this skill that has her pulled into this clverly plotted investigation. McCord, the journalist is back again and also helps the sister’s unravel the clues. Love him and I was pleased to see the direction his personal life was taking…won’t say anymore on that either!
Todd Webb, a firefighter and Meg’s boyfriend also played a stronger role in this book. We had only been introduced to him at the end of Lone Wolf and I liked what I read back then. This time we see his protective nature on high alert but also his respect for Meg and her profession!
I loved the team Meg works with and so many of the other characters – I wish I could talk about them all. I do want to mention the killer, though. This is personal and the author feeds us bits of the clues alongside those Meg, her team and others are getting. Her past is coming back to haunt her and this killer is making it very clear that they mean business! Cunning and clever, we wait on tenterhooks to see what their next move will be!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Do I recommend this book? Hell-to-the-yeah, I do! I am absolutely LOVING this series; clever plots; interesting characters; twisted killers and suspense throughout – and Hawk! Well you #GottaLoveHawk
Somewhere in the Washington, D.C., area, a woman lies helpless in a box. Beneath the earth. Barely breathing. Buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman’s abductor. He wants to play a game with them: decipher the clues, find the grave, save the girl. The FBI’s top cryptanalysts crack the code, and Special Agent Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, scramble to follow a trail of false leads to the scene of the crime. By the time they solve the puzzle, it’s too late. But the killer’s game is far from over . . .
Soon another message arrives. Another victim is taken, and the deadly pattern is repeated—again and again. Each kidnapping triggers another desperate race against time, each with the possibility of another senseless death. That’s when Meg decides to try something drastic. Break the Bureau’s protocol. Bring in her brilliant sister, Cara, a genius at word games, to decipher the kidnapper’s twisted clues. Meg knows she’s risking her career to do it, but she’s determined not to let one more person die under her and Hawk’s watch. If the plan fails, it could bite them in the end. And if it leads to the killer, it could bury them forever . . .
This is the 2nd in a series of books, but definitely can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read the first in the series but I will get it soon.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I've not read one where some of the main characters are dogs before ...
There are quite a few twists and turns in this book and it goes along at a nice pace. Frantic at times when the FBI are searching for the victims and a satisfying ending. 4.5*
The format is a treasure hunt with cryptic clues which seem to have a theme of the American Civil War but gradually become more personal towards the female dog trainer. I like the smart highly trained dogs and the journalist from the Washington Post. I am pretty sure the FBI lady (she is not an agent) would not just share her information with persons outside the FBI in case they could help; she would get into more trouble than was shown. The message is teamwork throughout.
For me the Civil War details got too much and I stopped reading them. Who has time to recite all this when there are lives at stake and a sadistic kidnapper / killer to catch? But for American readers who want to follow these details it comes across as well researched.
I enjoyed the read with several fast-paced gripping scenes, and I will be looking out for more.
I downloaded an ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.
Meg and Hawk find themselves involved in a tricky case once more but this time it is VERY personal indeed. Who is this person who wants to kill young women in chillingly creative ways? What is his connection with her family? And is getting Cara involved such a wise move?
These questions and many more will be answered when you read the book. This is an excellent read, the story just flows and it was gripping enough to keep me on the edge of my seat, over and over again. The little touch of romantic tension was also appreciated. As was also the case with the first book, I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Meg and Hawk as well. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Highly recommended from me, 4.5 stars.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Thank you to THE Book Club.
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