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The 7th Victim (Karen Vail #1)

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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  2,434 ratings  ·  280 reviews
The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously seen, confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vails insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage. On leave pending a review of her assault on her abu ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Vanguard Press (first published September 22nd 2008)
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Jason Edwards
I don't know how this book ended up on my e-reader, but I think it was free. I mean I hope it was free. I mean I hope I didn't pay money for it. This book was an eye-roller on so many levels. I kept looking up to see if there was a secret camera on me, filming my reaction for some hilarious reality-TV show about people reading truly horrible fiction.

Don't let me stop you if you like this sort of thing. I'd never want to keep someone from enjoying themselves... but this book doesn't even qualify
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One thing I can’t stand in a thriller/mystery is a hero or heroine who behaves stupidly. The reader is supposed to believe that Karen Vail, FBI profiler, will: 1) marry a total scumbag despite her training in psychology; 2) talk to the cops when she knows she should keep her mouth shut and ask for an attorney; 3) stay on the task force despite the threat of domestic violence case against her; 4) continue working when her child lies comatose in an ICU (even going
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Jennifer Patrick
Quite possibley the worst book featuring a serial killer I have ever read. It was as if the author chewed up Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon then vomitted them up and added some crap like a multiple personality secret twin sister, and several irrelevant sub-plots, like my aunt is really my mom who now has Alzheimers and my kid is in a coma caused by my abusive ex-husband and a blossoming romance with an cop who had a big ass.
Madelon
I just finished reading THE 7th VICTIM; it's the middle of the day, which is unusual as I am mostly a late-night reader. This is the first time, here at goodreads that I am reviewing a book so immediately upon completion.

I am torn between a 3 and 4 star rating. There is just something about this book that I didn't like. I read every word and found that the story didn't flow. The story is good but a bit too convoluted in its presentation. There were almost too many plot lines to follow. It felt l
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Bigd_041555
What an excellent read this book was and Alan Jacobson had my attention from the first paragraph. Very likeable and dis-likeable characters in a captivating and fluid storyline. Some twists and turns, a red herring or two added to keep the reader guessing. You have an idea of who the serial killer is but it's not a given :)

There is a bit of romance, but that really isn't the focus of the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the "Karen Vail, FBI series" - highly recommend it to those that
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Tammy
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Rebecca
I got this book as a free download, and it was worth the price. :-) SPOILER ALERT--Had it not been for two issues that I could not seem to overcome, I might have rated this book higher. In general, I liked the character of Karen Vail. She's tough, smart, a loving mother and dedicated to to her job. The thing I could not wrap my head around was this devoted mother leaving her son in a coma in the hospital to go on an overnighter to visit her mom with her would-be love interest (but don't worry, t ...more
Misty Baker
For those of you who have been keeping track, you know its been a while since I’ve read a novel like this, (The last being a Temperance Brennan Novel) after reading the genre for 4 straight months, book after book, my mind/sanity thought it was necessary to take a break from serial killers and their maniacal crime scenes, so I did… , and in turn wrapped myself in the more mellow reads of the paranormal. (Ok…not all of them were tame…but trust me when I say they are a damn site less descriptive)

I
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Amber
This book had a great plot and was actually very well researched and informative about FBI profiling. Since the plot excelled I was able to continue reading the book. However, the characterization is horrible. The main character, Karen Veil, is the only female FBI profiler and is really intelligent, however her character is beyond annoying. She came off as excessively pushy and unwilling to listen to her comrades on anything. I could not have cared less what happened to her in the book, and that ...more
Cheryl
FBI profiler Karen Vail hunts down a serial killer, while battling an abusive ex-husband and dealing with an elderly parent.

The story sounds good .... but .... I really disliked the heroine, who is pushy and arrogant, and just could not suspend disbelief over all the personal connections she has to a case that she is assigned to investigate. Publisher Weekly summarized this book best with "Though Jacobson's research into the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is evident, he overloads his story with
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Jessie
Skimmed this one. I didn't feel like Jacobsen had a great handle on writing for a female main character.
Tqwana
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Mark
Feb 27, 2012 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody, really
Shelves: crime
I’ll write more later (honestly, probably not), but a quick sum-up is this: this was my first serial killer novel – it was a bit graphic, but it helped to set the scene for how brutal the serial killer was, adding to the urgency of stopping them. Unfortunately, the writing was pretty bad. Going between very broken up, ‘chunky’ dialog and excessive descriptions including odd product placement (Extra Strength Tylenol was mentioned a half dozen times in one chapter) left me shaking my head wonderin ...more
TeresaFL
Having debated between 3 and 4 stars I went with 3 on this one. There was a little TOO much going on with this main character for me to believe she could hold it together as well as she did in this book. That's fine, I can suspend my belief for a good book but it did keep me from giving it 4 stars.

There are a lot of points to keep track of and even small things end up making sense in the end. Some are there to try and throw you off track, while others help you begin to see a picture before our
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Brian Steele
This book was the equivalent of a popcorn-muchin' Hollywood blockbuster. Not that THAT is always necessarily a bad thing. A wonderful psycho villain, tons of bloody violence, multiple flawed heroes, and lots of twists. I read it in one sitting, quite engrossed by the story line. And oh, how I love my FBI plots! The whole BAU/BSU bit is a plus.

However...

There were a few too many characters, and let's be honest - I don't care what gender, what training, what experiences you've had; if YOU went thr
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Connie
When I first started to read this book, I thought I wasn't going to like it, because it had another hot shot woman police officer at a bank robbery. I am glad I read more than the first two chapters and came to realize that was not the case. This book was an interesting perspective of what an FBI profiler does and how they make certain assumptions. I did enjoy this book, but thought the ending seemed a bit rushed. Like we came to the conclusion and everything had to be done quickly. In some book ...more
Darcy
I liked this book. The thriller aspect was good and kept me guessing until the end. I wasn't sure what to think if Karen the main character, she doesn't come off as sympathetic, just extremely closed up and not approachable. It seemed to me that she liked to put people down if she didn't like what they had to say. I mean I get it that she was the only female profiler, we were hit over the head with that fact. I also can't believe that as "smart" as she was that she would make some of the choices ...more
Eleni
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Denise McLaren
I am a very voracious reader and in the past I have struggled to wade through some poorly written books, but until now, I had never left one unfinished. I could not even get half way through this book before I closed it in disgust.
In less than a weeks time a female FBI profiler is involved in a shootout on her way to work. A serial killer claims three victims. She is assaulted and possibly raped by her estranged husband, she assaults her husband. She is arrested for the assault. She finds out h
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Cortney LaScola
While this gruesome story kept my interest, the lead character was completely unbelievable... definitely could tell it was a man trying to write a woman character. Also, the ending was ridiculous. I doubt I will read any of his other books.
Debra Odom
A real sit on the edge of your seat thriller. I give this book five stars for the last half of the book. The first half is about a three. I really enjoyed this book. I will look forward to reading other Alan Jacobson books.
Amanda
This is a great and wonderful Read can not wait for more
Andrea Corley
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I was actually looking for Mary Burton's "The Seventh Victim" and came across this book and said what the heck, I am going to give it a try, and I am certainly glad that I did! This was such an exciting and suspenseful thriller full of information, twists and turns, that kept me on the edge of my seat, and reading late into the night just to finish it!

The narrator, Lila Wellesley, did a great job of reading The 7th Victim
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Amber Adamchuk
Started off catching my attention right away, and then well I started to roll my eyes and think "yada yada". Perhaps if I had not been such a fan of everything CSI or Criminal Minds'ish I would have enjoyed the in depth background to profiling. However being someone who has watch and read millions of things evolving around pro filers and case solving the overly descriptive -descriptions of how and why they do what they do in profiling started to irritate em and get in the way of the very good st ...more
Cassy
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Denise
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliche-ridden psycho killer thriller disappoints..., June 30, 2010

This review is from: The 7th Victim (Hardcover)
As other readers have remarked, this book was full of unbelievable co-incidences, tired plot devices, and tepid characters. Riddled with cliches, the novel is overlong and filled with redundant details and minutiae that most of us who read this genre are quite familiar with.

Karen Vail is the only female FBI profiler in the BAU and is working on a case that has been
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Marcus
It's gotta be tough for an author to distinguish his work from other murder thrillers out there. I guess it is not enough to just write about the murder/hunt-for-the-killer itself anymore so we often see a lot of interpersonal drama added to the mix. Unfortunately, this more often than not detracts from the main story. 7th Victim is like this. I just couldn't finish this one and quit a little over a third of the way in.

Karen Vail has a lot going on. A lot. Not only is she hunting a serial killer
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Lynnette Hopwood
The 7th Victim by Alan JacobsonI really enjoyed this book. I downloaded it to my Nook, and read several chapters each night. I thought that it was very suspenseful, and a great thriller. For those who do not like a lot of swearing and sex in their books, then this book is for you. However, there is some gore involved (after all, it is a book about a serial killer).

A bit about the book... Karen Vail is an FBI profiler. In fact she likens her job to the show "Criminal Minds." Karen is part of a combined task force out to stop
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Katrina
Mar 22, 2011 Katrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jacobson Fans
Shelves: adult, fiction, mystery
This was an ok murder mystery. Karen was an interesting character and the action kept the story moving. However, I felt Jacobson tried to cram too much into this book. At one point, Karen is trying to catch a serial killer, manage her mom's dementia, deal with her son being in a coma, battle her ex-husband in court, and refute accusations of being a murderer herself!

I also didn't think the way Karen dealt with her son's hospitalization was very realistic. If my kid had been hospitalized I would
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Chibineko
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ALAN JACOBSON is the National Bestselling Author of several critically acclaimed thrillers. His 20 years of research and training with the FBI’s profiling unit, DEA, US Marshals Service, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the US military bring unparalleled realism to his stories and characters—prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to say that “Alan Jacobson researches his books like a good newspaper reporte ...more
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