It Ends with Herby Published 01 May 2018
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He started the game. She’ll end it.
FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.
He’s never broken pattern…until now.
A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a blonde. The killer’s MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board. The closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she’s drawn into an inescapable trap made just for Clarke. Whatever Cross’s ultimate game is, it ends with her.
"It Ends with Her" Reviews
It Ends With Her is a really excellent crime/psychological thriller with a serial killer vibe, lifted by it’s main protagonist Clarke, an FBI agent with a mission, whose divisive nature and intriguing background really make this one truly addictive.
The story itself is twisted and clever, a cat and mouse game that Clarke must win – by the time we meet her, it does feel like we are in the end game with horrific murderer Simon Cross – I loved this because there was no whodunnit to worry about, we know whodunnit for sure, it’s never doubted – but can Clarke use her particular skills to actually catch him. Or is he going to get the better of them all..
The writing is wonderful, especially when it comes to depth of character, the mystery here is within them and their reasons and motivations. The yin and yang of Clarke and Simon and their horrific game, both hidden and out in the open, makes for some very edge of the seat reading. The author allows us to know the victims too – so you get very invested – there are subtle twists and turns that work very well and the ending is brilliant.
Overall I really thought this one was great. I very much look forward to more from this author.
A page turning thriller
I chose this book as my Kindle First selection for April, as there was no other book I was remotely interested in. I'm glad I did.
While this may be Brianna Labuskes first novel, she is clearly an accomplished writer. The descriptions were thorough, sentence structure was good and it was well edited. I flew through the pages pretty quickly and it kept me up at night much later than I had wanted. To me, that is the mark of a great book.
So, why did I give it four stars instead of five? For me, the first quarter of the book dragged. I almost stopped reading at that point, but I've been trying to do a better job sticking with the books I've picked, as most of them improve the deeper you get involved in the story. That is certainly the case with It Ends With Her. My other gripe was the author's overuse of describing the characters' shoulders touching, particularly at the end of the novel. This is really a minor flaw, but was one that stood out to me, as I hate repetition.
All in all, this was a good book and I believe it is worth a read. I look forward to Ms. Labuskes next effort.
IT ENDS WITH HER
I usually love thrillers, this book has a lot of action-a scavenger hunt, and a couple of very determined FBI agents. The plot was good, my problem with the book was the characters. Both Sam and Clarke seemed incomplete, and not very likeable. When I love a book, it is because of the characters- this book not so much.
Unsympathetic Protagonist, Serial Killer Portrayed as Genius
I found myself getting more and more annoyed with the female protagonist, Clarke Sinclair, the longer I read. I found her self destructive and incredibly unsympathetic. I don't know if that's what the author intended but there was nothing I read that made me like her in the least. Her FBI partner, Sam Gallagher, was there to save her from herself. There is a lot we learn about Clarke's motivation as the book proceeds but it did nothing to make her more likeable.
The story is about a serial killer. We meet him at 11 years old and he's already a sadistic manipulator. He is portrayed as a genius who is able to predict people's responses with supernatural ability. His victims are abused or wounded women he can control as he slowly brutalizes them until they are compliant. He has a new victim picked out to take the place of the one he kills.
I chose this as a First Read for April. It was obviously a poor choice for me. I know there are many positive reviews already submitted for this book and I wish the author success with her career. This book was not one I liked.
At first I was up and down with this book, but then I got into it!
Clarke Sinclair is an FBI Agent with her friend Sam. They have been looking for the serial killer, Simon Cross for some years now.
Now he's back and sending things to Clarke. Will she be able to capture him this time before he kills another girl or girls?
This book has two POV's. One is in the present with Clarke. The second POV is of Simon and his past. It shows how he turned out the way he is; although I think it goes deeper than his foster family. He's a nutter.
I guess I'm just too tired because I didn't see that ending coming when I should have with a ten foot pole, but I digress. Either way, I enjoyed the book!
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