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The 7th Victim (Karen Vail #1)

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The Dead Eyes killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders 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.
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Published January 1st 2009 by Phoenix Books (first published September 22nd 2008)
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Jason Edwards
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Diane
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jennifer Daniel
Nov 26, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Robyn
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Not the most convincing of books.
Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)

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Amber
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Tammy
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Betsy
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My kind of book. Not sure what took me so long to read this one. Main character is an FBI profiler. I love profilers and books where there is a team searching for a serial killer. Great start to the series. Will surely be reading more. 4 stars
Jessie
Dec 27, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed this one. I didn't feel like Jacobsen had a great handle on writing for a female main character.
David
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2017
Uggh. Where to begin on this one? Every cliched, over-the-top serial killer/murder mystery trope thrown into one novel that isn't supposed to be farcical, with poor character development. I had the plot pretty much figured out by the first few chapters, with only a couple of things that were mildly surprising. Too many 'surprise' entanglements to make it even remotely believable and killing all hope for suspense. I'm not sure why I finished it, but I did.
Tqwana
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  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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Angela
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, fiction
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Brian Steele
Jul 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Suvi Tartia
Nov 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed like an experiment on how many plot twists you can cram into a single novel.

One of the reviews on the cover stated something about how the main character is believable, when in fact she was quite the opposite in so many ways.

This was one of those books that I had hard time finishing, and now that I finished it I wonder why I bothered. The good thing was that the identity of the killer was not too obvious, but in the end it did not really matter. It was really difficult to care
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*Avonna
The main character of Karen Vail ia a great idea and was well done, except for the fact that so much was happening to her in such a short period, I don't think anyone would have kept it together, fictional or non. I will say I liked this start to a new series to at least give this 3 stars and more like a 3 and a half and will try the next book in the series.
Veronikka
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give this 5-stars if I wasn't truly impressed by my initial reading of this pilot book. I'm so glad I picked this up when I stopped by Fully Booked, because if I hadn't, I would have missed out on an incredibly interesting female protagonist, thrilling suspense, truly horrific villains and fantastic story-telling. I'm sold! I can't wait to get into the next book, "Crush".
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.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Some parts of this book are pretty good. I liked the profiling part.
However the main character has way too much going on to make her likeable or believable. I mean come on! Every chapter turns out to be something new going on in her life. It's like the author wanted to cram in 5 books in one.
Susan
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will refer you to Luanne's review BC although I remember reading it,and liking it I'm moving forward to Crush ... At a later date...
Debra Odom
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great and wonderful Read can not wait for more
Carolyn
Complex plot, compelling characters -- overall a captivating story well narrated by Lila Wellesley. I look forward to listening to more in this series.

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ALAN JACOBSON is the USA Today bestselling author of eleven critically acclaimed, award-winning thrillers. His 20 years of research and training with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, DEA, US Marshals Service, ATF, Scotland Yard, SWAT, and the US military bring unparalleled realism to his stories and characters—prompting the San Francisco Chronicle to write that “Alan Jacobson researches his boo ...more
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