Hope that you’re all having a good day. I really don’t have much to report on. Nothing overly is going on for me at the moment and I feel like all of the days are bleeding into one big lump of time. At least I always have great books to lose myself in.
I read the first book in this series a short while ago in preparation for this blog tour which I was super excited about. It now seems that I’m pretty hooked on the Agent Nadine Finch series. Thank you to @sarahhardy681 for the invitation to join this blog tour and for all of her wonderful organisation. Thank you to @bookouture and @JennaKernan for this advanced copy of The Hunted Girls in return for an honest review. The Hunted Girls is available now and you can get a copy here.
Agent Nadine Finch is back and she has stepped up the ladder. Immediately after leaving training with the FBI, Nadine is assigned to a homicide case for which two women have been found dead. Both women appear to have been hunted and were killed in the most horrific circumstances. Nadine’s training may have prepared her for this kind of case, but it could not have prepared her for the location of the murders; back at her mother’s stomping ground.
Nadine pulls together her team to help her in the case but they must work within an already established team which isn’t always easy. Despite various stumbling blocks in working relationships, Detective Skogen and Nadine start to work together well until the killer takes Skogen from right under their noses. It very quickly turns into a situation where Nadine’s own life is at risk in order to save the lives of her colleagues.
General Thoughts 🤔
I thought that this book had a slightly different feeling to it than the first and I really enjoyed the shift. The first book in the series very much had me questioning who the killer could be, whereas I felt that this second book was much more focused on the investigation and the relationships between the characters. That’s not to say that there weren’t mysteries and twists in this book; there definitely were. I just didn’t feel myself trying to work it out quite as much and I didn’t really want to. I was much more interested in the investigative steps that the team were following.
I can’t decide whether or not I think that this book could be read standalone. It most probably could but I feel like I’m invested in these characters so I can’t imagine not knowing their back stories to the level that I do. I really liked the character development in this second book and it made the story feel a little more tense and there was more was on the line for Nadine, Demko, Julienne and Tina.
I love that the author has created this little dream team of serial killer hunters. They work so well together and their relationships are starting to develop more depth. I also really liked that there is almost a no man left behind feeling between them and that if one progresses in their career, they all progress.
The introduction of a new FBI team was good. I liked that there was tension between the two groups of characters yet they were all still working towards the same goal. I hoped that there would be more of Demko in the second book and my hopes were met. I hate to give away spoilers but for anyone like me who was hooked on his relationship with Nadine; you’re in for an emotional rollercoaster.
Writing Style ✍️
As I mentioned already, I liked that the tone of this book felt a little different. There was still all of the lovely tension and mystery that I love in a thriller, but I thought that it included more procedural content and I enjoyed that.
I did feel at times that there was a little bit of repetition at the start of the book which I assume was to provide back story and context for the characters. Although this was helpful, there were a couple of times that I thought reminders were mentioned more than once and I’m not convinced that that was required. That said, it was a seamless link between the two books which was good.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I was excited for another dose of Nadine Finch and the team and I wasn’t at all disappointed. Following this group of characters onto their next case and seeing their relationships develop made for great reading. I’m pleased that the ending of The Hunted Girls implies another book in the series should be anticipated and I look forward to see where the team go next.