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Hunted (The Profiler) Paperback – December 31, 2013

4.3 out of 5 stars 193 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Profiler Series

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Rookie FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to investigate a crime scene involving the Bakersville Burier, a serial killer whose calling card is leaving dead women half buried in the forests of Virginia. Although she is young and relatively inexperienced, her bosses think Evelyn has a knack for getting into the heads of the killers she is tracking—but this one eludes her, just as he eluded two previous FBI agents, who ended up dead. Is Evelyn next? When she is abducted (and released) early on, she initially doesn’t connect it to her new case, a plot element that seems a little hard to swallow. Then pieces from Evelyn’s past start coming back to her—like the time when her best friend was abducted when she was a preteen, and Evelyn should have been a victim as well. Right. There’s an awful lot of predictable twists and coincidences here, but Heiter’s characters are interesting, and the dialogue is realistic. Libraries where serial killer novels are popular might consider adding this debut novel, which is set to have a sequel. --Rebecca Vnuk

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"HUNTED is a terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense. A great read!" --New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan

"This is a really excellent thriller--fast-paced and exciting, with a memorable cast of characters. Well done!"--New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann

"Heiter's Hunted is intriguing and tightly plotted. A strong debut!" – Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"Relentless suspense, non-stop surprises, and a twist around every corner. So taut, so tense...I dare you to put this down! I could not turn the pages fast enough." – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony , Edgar and Macavity winning author

"If you like serial-killer thrillers...Elizabeth Heiter's Hunted is the book for you. Troubled FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is an engaging new heroine who puts everything on the line to unravel the sick secrets of an evil mind. A real page-turner." Zoë Sharp, author of the best-selling Charlie Fox crime thriller series
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Product Details

  • Series: The Profiler (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778315843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778315841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Branfield on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Elizabeth Heiter’s debut novel Hunted is an intriguing and fast paced mystery. Lead protagonist’s Evelyn Baine’s job as an FBI profiler is unique which makes it stand out from the typical police procedural.

Evelyn Baine is on the career fast track when she is assigned to profile a killer who brutally murders his victims and displays them in a grotesque fashion. She is dedicated to her job (to the point of obsession) and she has a remarkable ability to get inside the minds of the criminals she profiles. When the search for the “Bakersville Burier” becomes personal, Evelyn is in danger losing her objectivity, her career and ultimately, her life.

Evelyn is a strong but deeply flawed heroine. She is closed off from just about everyone around her, defensive and reluctant to accept anyone’s help. Socially awkward and unable to make small talk, Evelyn keeps to herself except for her monthly get-togethers with her two college friends. She is dedicated to the grandmother who essentially raised her and the vulnerability she hides from everyone becomes apparent during their visits. A traumatic incident from Evelyn’s childhood haunts her, guides her career decisions and motivates her to sharpen her investigative skills.

Among the vast cast of secondary characters, there are a few worth noting. Her trainer and partner Greg Ibsen is the perfect sounding board for Evelyn and as a profiler, he can read some of the things she tries to keep hidden. Greg is genuinely concerned for her safety and her career when she makes some iffy decisions. Greg’s cousin Gabe is not quite as serious as the other characters and he brings some levity to the story. Gabe’s friend Kyle “Mac” McKenzie brings the possibility of a future romance between him and Evelyn in future works.
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Hunted is the debut novel for this author and even though I thought it seem to drag out at the end I will be interested in reading this new series as I have always had an interest in criminal profiling so this book really was up my alley.

Evelyn is a natural profiler but probably because she has been learning the craft since her childhood friend went missing at the age of twelve. She comes from a dysfunctional family and has a lot of flaws but she takes her profiling serious. Her friends might think she takes it a little to serious and it does put a damper on her personal life.

Evelyn has just transferred to the BAU unit and has a lot to prove even though she is a great profiler. She seems to think that her boss doesn’t think she can do her job and because she is small in stature she always seem to have to prove everything. She catches a case in Bakersville where two women are found buried with their heads sticking out of the ground. Not long after she is given this case she is abducted outside the bar she frequents with co-workers. She was drugged and she verily gets away and it irritates her that she let herself get taken.

The book takes a bit of a turn then from just catching a serial killer because now the profiler has been attacked. Evelyn tries so hard to not have to rely on anyone to look after her. She doesn’t want to be vulnerable to anyone, so being attacked is really turning her world upside down. Evelyn trained hard not to be ever get put in that sort of position so it’s really reeking havoc with her mind. Even when the case is no longer hers she can’t just let someone else catch him, she has to do it.
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Heiter brings a wonderful eye for detail to a story about an FBI agent, local cops, a serial killer, and all kinds of wonderfully shady characters. She's got the technical and procedural realities of homicide investigation and profiling down cold, but doesn't let them slow down the story. Things move fast, everyone and everything isn't always what you or the hero first think, and the ending is that great kind that makes you want to skip to the bottom of the page just to relieve the suspense.
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After all these stars, I hate to be the dissenting vote, but I thought the story was a cheesy romance trying to pass itself off as a FBI thriller. The main character Evelyn is a cliche: a tortured childhood she keeps secret but the hunk in the story can sense this vulnerable side to her and (of course) falls madly in love with her. She's stoic and smart and can out-wrestle a 200 lb man........ good grief. I read it all the way to the end just to see who the bad guy was, but I was rolling my eyes the whole way.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've always had a soft spot for serial killers and how their murders can be interpreted.

Fan of Sam Waters in the Profiler series or of Eve Duncan, the characeter invented by Iris Johansen, this story was in line with what I like.
I appreciated the investigation conducted by the agent Evelyn Bane. I especially liked her cold personality, her unability to express her feelings and her need for control. It was fun to follow the tracks of the killer through her profiler eyes.
The part where Evelyn finds herself in the role of the victim is also very realistic and page turner.

This thriller hasn't make me lots sleep, but it interested me from the beginning until the end. There are twists, suspense and I liked to follow the trail of the serial killer with the heroine. I also liked being immersed in the FBI world.

Small problem, I would have liked more details about the characters. Especially, Kyle and the romantic development between the two agents. Because we kind off stayed in the dark...
Just as I have been curious to know why Dan changed his behavior with Evelyn and why Cory behaves like an idiot in front of the profiler. But maybe this informations will be revealed in the next adventure of Evelyn ...

A good entertaining thriller.

Lucie
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