A shadowy predator with a murderous appetite for fire stalks a northern Minnesota town. When an elderly woman dies, the local police rule it an accident.
Officer Erin Ericsson doesn't think so. She thinks it was murder. The youngest officer on the department, Erin is determined to do whatever it takes to solve the crime. Even if it means defying her superior officer.
Allie has recently relocated from Canada to be with Erin. A city girl, Allie struggles to fit in to small town life, but she hides a secret. A secret that gives her nightmares. A secret she fears will tear her apart.
Erin knows her well enough to suspect that Allie suppresses a gift. One with a connection to the killer she seeks. She must find a way to convince Allie to help her.
Together they use their skill, and a bit of intuition, to unmask the culprit behind an escalating series of deadly crimes. Their search leads them through unforgiving back woods and face-to-face with evil.
Makenzi Fisk grew up in Atikokan, a small town in Northwestern Ontario. She spent much of her youth outdoors, surrounded by the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield. Moving west, she became a police officer with patrol, communications and forensic experience before transitioning to graphic design. She now works for herself.
Her first novel, Just Intuition, earned her the award for Debut Author in the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society Awards. Just Intuition was also a Mystery/Thriller Finalist in the 2015 Golden Crown Literary Awards and the 2014 Rainbow Awards. She is a member of ARWA, and GCLS.
Books: Just Intuition published May 2014 Burning Intuition published January 2015 Fatal Intuition published fall 2015
This was a great read. I started to figure it out the first time that I read "Minion," but it just kept on getting better. One of the most appealing things for me is when the narrative switched to first person for the culprit's parts. It was an effective method for making the story more thrilling and suspenseful.
I am not going to focus on the plot in this review. This review is about first impressions.
Wow! I don’t know how I stumbled onto this ebook. I know I downloaded it from the Smashwords site…and am I soooo glad I did! Not normally a thriller fan, but this one was well written, fast paced and easily one of the better lesbian books I’ve read in a long while. (And I hesitate to call this and/or list this as lesbian, because that was really irrelevant to this story. A person on any sexual orientation can read it; the lesbian part is so secondary, so mundane even, that I found myself very glad that I bought the next two books in the series at the same time as this one.)
The author obviously either has some experience with this field (both the police and medical jargon is spot-on) or else Ms. Fisk is a voracious researcher. Very impressed with this knowledge. It made the story feel all the more real.
Story starts out from killer’s view point. I’m not sure how I felt about that before it does change to the real protagonist’s view point in chapter one. However, the author keeps coming back to the killers POV. As it turns out, this story is so well written that it is important that we see the killer’s POV. I honestly did not know who the killer was until almost the very end. I was like: “wait…wha?” Awesome!
There is a paranormal angle in this story, but it works so well that it really isn’t distracting at all. I love these characters. I even cried too. I feel so connected to their story that I didn’t want not to end…then I did! (Hard to explain, but if you read this book, you’d understand.)
Again, I cannot stress how it truly does not matter your sexual preference: if you are going to read one thriller this year, this is the thriller to read. You really will not be disappointed.
This book is a GCLS awards finalist. Erin is a small town cop in Minnesota. She doesn't believe for a moment that an older woman's death that occurred was an accident. Meanwhile, Erin's partner Allie is being plagued by flashes of bad things to come. Soon enough the women find themselves wrapped up in a mystery where lines are blurred and not all is as it seems.
I hate to give less than stellar reviews but since I volunteered to review it I must honour my commitment. The plot in this book and the flow are pretty good and it is technically sound. The characters are decent. Some are lovable and some are more apt to be on the other extreme. For a debut book this book is really something. There are a few things I could not get past. Most of them revolve around minor, but important, secondary characters. I find that the inconsistencies still bother me. I was not thrilled with this book. It was alright, but what do I know since it's up for two major awards so there has to be something said for that.
I'm sort of conflicted on this one. I enjoyed the premise and the dialogue and the police procedure stuff but there were plenty of typos and a jarring switch in POV between the "bad guy" and the two protagonists. I was pretty let down by the ending, too.
There were plenty of things that I liked but probably nearly as many things that I didn't like. And some of those things that I didn't like, I didn't like A LOT.
I guess if you've got a few hours to kill and you can overlook the typos and moving between 3rd person past tense to 1st person present tense as the perspective changes, you'll be ok.
I liked the plot and so wished it had been written better. Could have been very, very good instead of just mostly good.
A great mystery novel that keeps you guessing until the end. Really enjoyed the characters and the story line. One of those books that's hard to put down because you cant' wait to see what the next page holds. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Makenzi Fisk is definitely an up and coming writer in the Mystery/Crime genre.
This was a real page turner. The special gift of Allie, awesome! From the beginning you will be sucked into this. Who is that person who constantly pops up after something happened? At one point you think you know, but no, totally wrong. It was a surprise when I found out who this mysterious person was. I'm so glad I got this book in my collection and I'm very curious about the sequel.
This first novel by Ms Makenzi follows loops and secrets to weave a suspensful tale. The small town policwoman follows the instincts of her partner as well as her own police skils to uncover, track and chase down an unexpected killer. The wood and lake setting comes to life with a vividness that leaves you scratching from the bug bites. A recommended read for mystery and suspense lovers.