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Crush (Karen Vail #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,958 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
Fresh off the most challenging case of her career, The 7th Victim heroine and renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in an explosive thriller set against the backdrop of California’s wine country.

Hoping to find solace from the demons that haunt her, Vail makes her first trip to the Napa Valley.But shortly after arriving, a victim is found in the deepest reaches of the ex
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Vanguard Press (first published September 1st 2009)
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May 17, 2014 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read, well written, and fluid. You know the identity of the serial killer from the get-go, you just don't really know who he is :)

The story line takes place in Napa Valley, California - great scenery descriptions and wine too! Nothing like having a romantic get-away in wine valley and stumbling over a dead body! Just the way I would want to vacation - not!

Mr. Jacobson spins a great tale filled with suspicions about everyone and then makes the book a cliff-hanger - ARRRRGHH! Well don
Let me just say that this book left me going WTF. No he didnt just do that. The way Mr Jacobson ended the book made me glad I got this as a Free Friday selection. It had a horrible cliffhanger ending. I will only bother to find out how everything turns out if I get the next book free as well. I refuse to pay for the next one. Im normally not so angry about cliffhanger endings, but this one took the cake. I thought the rest of the book was OK even though Karen did so many things that I think a no ...more
Kristopher Mcclanahan
___Reviews Of Unusual Size___

***Re*** Karen Vail, a profiler with the FBI goes on vacation to Napa Valley and finds a recently murdered woman that may the latest in a string of serial killings. Or is it something more complex than that?

***Outstanding*** Well written and the characters seem to have some spunk and personality. The real reason behind the killings lingers in the background as an enticing little secret.

***Unacceptable*** Too bad it never materializes. This book reads like the first h
Feb 09, 2011 Bluedaizy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I hated this book. If I could give it negative stars I would. I don't believe I have ever said I "hated" a book before either...I mean, who am I to judge, right? I've never tried to put pen to paper. More power to ya if you can write a book and get it published. If I didn't like a book, I figured maybe it was just me...not my cup of tea so to speak.

This booked sucked. I tried to like the characters, but I had a hard time suspending my disbelif from the get go. A male author writing with a femal
Nov 04, 2010 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
i'm seventy pages into this 400 page novel, enjoying it, then went to the author's signing. a mistake. the best thing about the autographing was the scones and the two kinds of cheesecake factory cheesecake. i may have been the only person in the audience who he didn't know and who he hadn't named a chacter after. (ironic because i bought the book because the main character's last name is the same as mine.)
the book is 400 pages long and he pointed out, several times, unfinished. you need to get
Nov 19, 2009 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good story is supposed to have a strong beginning, a well told middle, and a well crafted ending. Alan Jacobson failed his readers by not providing a resolution. The book just stops with the author providing a quick one-page offer that we should wait for the next book to find out what happens. The only reason for doing so is to sell the next volume, a self-serving effort by him and his publisher. They clearly don't care about the reader.

I , for one, will not purchase or read the next book. The
Barbara Brink
May 20, 2011 Barbara Brink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crush was a great thriller with lots of action, a very twisted serial killer, and an interesting (although a bit abrasive at times) female FBI profiler, who is trying to help the local police while on vacation in Napa with her boyfriend. She ends up giving most of her attention to catching the killer and her boyfriend is left on his own. The action spirals to the last page of the book--but in fact the story does not have an ending. You are left right in the middle and it was not very satisfying. ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Lonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
I felt the novel flowed fairly well until the end. However, at a point about 2/3rds of the way through wine country politics started popping up AND murders that might be tied to the politics but yet were not resolved. At the end of the book was another 'mystery' that needed to be solved but was left hanging, except for a note from the author stating it would be solved in the next book.

I usually avoid serial books because of the need to read the next book in order to find out the answer to someth
Aug 30, 2012 Mandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I have a problem with so much detail. The book seems to go on and on and on... My second issue is with the ending! It seems like the author had a deadline to meet and was running out of time for a good conclusion so decided to carry it to the next book so he can drag it out more. These are my reasons for taking 2 stars away.

Now my reason for giving 3 stars... The author gave a few good twist and turns in the story. Some of the things were unexpected so for my surprise he earned 3
Jan 13, 2011 Jery rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I am honestly surprised to hear that this author's first novel won so many awards.I am not trying to be overtly critical, but the level of detail that he includes about minor plot details really overwhelms and bogs down the story. And reading the afterword, he apparently names characters after everyone he knows. Not that is in and of itself a bad thing - but also distracting, it feels like he's trying too hard to develop the characters.

On the plus side, I think the story would be good if the det
Jan 01, 2010 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this new Alan Jacobson book, but am left feeling deeply disappointed. The book starts off with a bang, lots of interesting action and serial killer mystery, but then suddenly turned into a snooze fest (at least for me) midway through the book, and I feel like the story never fully recovered. But the author's brazen ploy at the end to force us to read his next book was most insulting. I suspect the author knew he did wrong, otherwise, he would not direct all his ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading some of the fluff (let's just call it like it is) I've been reading, it's always hard to jump into a different genre. Once I finished the prologue, I was intrigued enough to continue reading. So why does it only get 3 stars? Well... I like a good series as much as the next girl (evidenced by what I've read this year), but I've never read a novel that ended as abruptly as this did! Does it make me want to run out and get Velocity (the next installment)? Yes, so to that effect, Jacob ...more
William Bentrim
Feb 04, 2013 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crush is a Karen Vail novel which meant nothing to me since I haven’t read any work by Jacobson before. Karen is an FBI profiler with the propensity to get hands on with those she is profiling. This book takes placed in Napa Valley. For those of you familiar with wine making, crush, in this case has nothing to do with it. However it does have very interesting facts and observations of the wine country. The villain takes the term “crush” and uses it as part of his modus operandi.

Karen Vail is ob
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Summary: FBI Profiler Karen Vail and her boyfriend Detective Robby Hernandez, both of Virginia, take a much needed vacation to Napa Valley, California. On their first evening out at a classy winery tour/tasting/dining establishment fashioned out of a cave, a dead body is discovered and Karen immediately is drawn to the obvious signs of a serial killer's work. With the local police's request she becomes part of the task force set up to catch this brutal murd
Jan 03, 2011 Annika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I could not finish this book. I could barely start this book. I'm not sure what my problem is.

I'm spoiled by Kay Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell's brainchild. So when a fiction ME or a fictional autopsy is taking place, I start holding it up by the Scarpetta bar. Bad, I know. That's what happens when you read a well-written series of over 15 books. I digress.

I went about 10% in, kind of followed, but didn't get too deep into the choppy story. Soo...a body is found in a Napa Valley winery tour. It j
Aug 26, 2013 Marcie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book sounded interesting - a female FBI profiler searching for a serial killer in the Napa wine country. But, oh, it was such a painful read! I am always a little leery of male authors who write female main characters, as I think they generally have a hard time getting into a woman's head. The two main characters in this book were very different women, and neither one came across as particularly believable as real women, especially Karen, whose personality could best be descr ...more
Andrea Corley
Title: Crush
Author: Alan Jacobson
Narrator: Tish Hicks
Length: 12 hours, 22 minutes
Publisher: Phoenix Audio
Published: September 1, 2009
Genres: Fiction; Suspense Fiction

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In his thriller The 7th Victim, Alan Jacobson established FBI profiler Karen Vail as one of the most exciting new protagonists in the genre. In Crush, Karen Vail returns to confront a serial killer unlike any she has seen before, the hunt for whom will call on all her skills--and shake h
Nov 28, 2012 Terra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adult, suspense
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Oct 07, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Still reeling from disturbing family secrets and the Dead Eyes case, FBI profiler Karen Vail heads to the Napa Valley for some R&R with her boyfriend Robbie. The vacation is cut short when they stumble upon a dead body during a wine cave tour. This unsub is unpredictable, and he is fixated on Vail and the task force. As the body count rises, Vail must use all of her resources to stay one step ahead of the killer.
The 7th Victim was great and after finishing it I was excited to read the second
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Alex Telander
Posted with permission from the Sacramento Book Review

After the runaway success of Jacobson’s first Karen Veil novel, The 7th Victim, our impressive FBI profiler is back in the fantastic follow-up, Crush. While the pressure may be on Jacobson to make his second Karen Veil Mystery be just as good as his first, in my opinion, Crush is better. Jacobson is now comfortable in writing Veil and lets her explore her boundaries and limits, coupled with having the agent be in a foreign place.

At the start
Dec 07, 2010 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a freebie give away for the kindle. It it the second book in a series and as such, I felt like I did not fully understand the main character, Karen Vail. There were many (too many really) references to the first book.

This book was very detailed, buy at times I also felt that it was too detailed. I felt like I was reading a script for a tv show. In addition the plot in this book is a bit too twisted (meaning all of the surprises the author tries to throw in and not the content) to
Holly Sparkman
I feel like I just had a crash course in criminal profiling and wine making. The setting is Napa Valley Wine Country, and the main character, Karen Vail, FBI profiler extraordinaire, is on vacation with her beau. And then she stumbles across a dead body while on a tour of a winery. Really.

Throughout the investigation Karen is hot about figuring out who the killer is. And the great thing about the story is we get the other side of the coin – the killer is stalking her. I even like the clever stu
Mar 07, 2014 Gobasso rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read the 7th Victim and didn't like it. I thought I'd give this series another chance and was equally disappointed. Didn't really care for the main character. Thought the plot was weak. I wasn't interested in the serial killer and was bored by the wine business red herring. The writing is mediocre as well. I can't recommend this book or series. Even though this book ends in a cliff hanger I have no desire to continue the series.
I think that Karen Vail is a character who would have made more sense to me if I had read the previous books in the series. Obviously, she is an FBI profiler who has a habit of somehow attracting the attention of the serial killers she is profiling, but not having read the earlier books I can only guess that from the way she handled herself in this novel. She's not one of the most compelling woman detectives I have read - that honor is reserved for Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak, Carol O'Connell's ...more
Tulay Leonhardt
Another serial killer story.

Because of the ending, lost of readers are upset but other than long chase pages it's good thriller. During the writing and editing some things are overlooked, like she has her blackberry in her hand and grips pistol with both hands. Cameras in the station, papers with names and phone number left, clothing and some more I can list. I will be reading his next book, Karen Vail is strong woman.
Not a bad read but could have been better. The story is about an FBI profiler on vacation that accidently stumbles upon a murder and begins to investigate. She bcomes involved in helping the local law enforcement when it is discover there is a serial killer at work. This story did not flow soothly for me. I really did not like the main character too much and the story itself felt choppy. There was plenty of information on the wine country, the way things work, special tours and tasting,and about ...more
Jan 22, 2010 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, mystery, horror
I found when I read the first book in this series I thought the story was ok, but good God how much more could happen to one woman, so then this book became a make or break book for me. Unfortunately I won't be continuing on with this series.

Karen is such a ball buster that I don't feel a whole lot of sympathy for her. She seems to bully the people around her but they like her anyway, I am not sure why. The crime in this one was ok, but the book got mired down with too much info. Set in the Napa
Doug Branscombe
Jan 09, 2016 Doug Branscombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read, this one with a cliffhanger ending. Karen Vial takes a vacation to Naps Valley and finds herself in the middle of a serial killer case with lots of moving parts. Makes me want to visit Napa to see some of the places described, but not with Karen Vial because trouble seems to follow her
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