The Soul Catcher (Maggie O'Dell #3)
Maggie O'Dell is such a flawed character - you just have to love her and especially now that she has a dog to keep her company!!!
Alex Kava knows how to keep you on your toes, and puts out a great story. You can tell she has done her research on the various aspects of this particular case.
2 thumbs up and 5 stars - onto "At The Stroke Of Madness"!
First, Maggie O'Dell did not impress me. She spends a lot of time on her personal problems---reliving her father's death, problems with her alcoholic mother and her own emtional problems. How did this lady every pass a psychological exam? (Maybe the FBI does not care about the stability of their agents--woundn't surprise me!)
Next, the villain of the piece is the sterotype we've all seen--the fundamentalist leader of a religious cult, an...more
I love the show "Criminal Minds" (Not because of Shemar Moore alone :p ) but because the human mind is fascinating and their thought process even more so. So, when I started this book and read that it was about FBI and more specifically, Behavioural Science Unit, I was taken with it.
What Kava did was combine a realistic, yet a bit far-fetched at points, situation into a story that gri...more
Lots happening once again in this third book in the Maggie O'Dell series. I'm not a big fan of the religious cult Jonestown/Davidian books so maybe I was challenged a bit to stay focused and suspend belief as I tried to pick out the killer from the herd.
The author telegraphed the villain at around 70 % so it was a mop up read for me from that point, and a not altogether happy ending (for the killer) for which I had been hoping.
There are lots of loose threads that need to be tightened a...more
I think the story drags a lot and there were really no surprises to me, wasn't the ending almost all totally obvious?? And after so many things happened, it just ends like that? Is it so easy to catch and get rid of killers?
It didn't satisfy me at all. I'm only c...more
The only reason I gave this a 4 star and not a 5, is I figured out who did it long before O'Dell, who was very distracted by her mother issues, but still as a profiler...more
For FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell, there is nothing routine about being called in to work these two cases. As an expert criminal profiler, Maggie provides psychological insight on cases that involve suspected serial killers. She can't understand, then, why she has been assigned to two seemingly unrelated crimes.
But as Maggie and her partner, Special Agent R. J. Tully, delve deeper into the cases, they discover there is a connection: Reverend Joseph Everett, the charismatic leader of a high-p
i think i enjoyed it more the first time round .
It is one f the books that are better read once and can be enjoyed scond time but no so much
The maggie o'dell characters past we hear more about by hearing about her dad , meeting her mum and the flashbacks.
We see a improvement in her relationship to RJ Tully and see a bit further into her relationship with Gwen
the surprise was that Greg heer soon to be ex wants to get back together
Sadly, the identity of the killer was telegraphed too far in advance; this is the same problem I had with the other book. The changes of point of view weren't quite so jarring this tim...more
Good mystery/thriller with a great returning list of characters.
Just a smidgeon too thrilling for this weenie! lol the older I get, the more easily spooked I become.
Aside from my wimpiness, this really was a well developed plot that was not real predictable and kept me guessing. I look forward to continuing with Maggie and Tully in this series for sure!
Bottom line? Damn good book in the thriller/mystery genre.
Thank you and enjoy!
Lisa the NOOKworm or CHICKEN that is! haaahaa 8-)
The mystery is the murders that occur in each town that thecult is having a rally in - the bodies are staged and there are several suspects. I will admit at the end the reader can figure out who the murderer is but there is still a twist.