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Snapped: An Agent Jade Monroe FBI Thriller Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Premise: Our heroine Jade Monroe has been promoted to the FBI homicide division in Wisconsin. She had currently been a sergeant in the Sheriff's Department prior to this. Gruesome murders are popping up in Houston, TX and there is always one element involved within these murders: cement. This leads the local authorities to believe there is a serial killer loose, prompting a cry for help to the Wisconsin FBI homicide department. Jade and her partner J.T. go three to hunt this killer down.
Premise sounds good right? Here is where I had issues with this story:
Jade gets a fast pass into the FBI because of nepotism (her dad knew a guy high up who put her through training super fast and recommended her). I was willing to overlook this, but she actually proves to be pretty inept. She goes after a lead she potentially knew would have dangerous outcomes and did it by herself. OF COURSE it goes badly and the FBI is simultaneously trying to keep this killer from claiming his/her next victim and looking for their now absent rookie agent. It just completely turned me off on her character as a whole and I didn't believe she was ready or qualified for the FBI despite the author's insistence that she was some hot shot.
I also had an issue with the reasoning behind this killer's motives. I liked the idea behind it, but the killer's character needed to be fleshed out more to really let your readers believe he or she was capable of committing these awful crimes.
The writing was clear and concise (no gripes there), but I found parts lagging behind a bit-- the plot would get halted and sunken down with lengthy and arguably useless information. It almost came across to me like the author was stalling to make a longer length novel. I actually paged ahead a couple of times and didn't miss any crucial information.
2 star rating because 1.) Did not live up to its premise, 2.) The heroine and her position as an amazing FBI agent was not believable at all 3.) lack of killer's character development.
Then, the main character makes a laughably terrible decision, and ends up completely short-circuiting the FBI inquiry into total chaos. Then, instead of being summarily fired for such a stupid decision, she is allowed to go home, shower, and then lead a raid. Just ridiculous. Where was the editor?
Jade is the character everyone can identify with. You can't help but love her. While the book is nicely written and it does come to some conclusions, it just leaves you hungry for more.
C.M. Sutter is the type of author that I always can't wait for a new book from. I always grab them as soon as possible upon release, but I will wait until I have several in a series before I start reading, because I can't stand waiting for the next book to be released. I have a short list of authors like this, but it's one name longer now. Her characters are just that good and the story that well developed.
I'm off to read the next book in the series now.
Give it a read, you won't be sorry. Just be forewarned, do NOT start this book if you only have a few minutes to read!
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
Jade, a newbie in the FBI, is on a learning curve and put in a position she should not have been. Her character well developed in investigating a crime but moves forward alone against a serial killer, which is not FBI's MO.
Jordan is on a quest to the right a wrong done to her family, which comes together with little by little as she kills her victims. Although Jade Monroe is the lead in this thriller, I feel Jordan's psyche moves the story along not Jade's education, and she gets one in confronting Jordan.
Both characters moved this predictable story forward. However, why Jordan SNAPPED is not and doesn't come to light until the shocking end. The highs are in Jordan's endeavors, and the lows are in the FBI's.
All in all, it is a good read.
Most recent customer reviews
Well written but scary. The author kept me wanting to know.