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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?
The list of victims continues to grow as Jade and J.T. work tirelessly to identify the perpetrator. Jade goes against the common wisdom—that the killer is male—and insists that they are looking for a woman. When she identifies a potential suspect, she makes herself a target, and is taken hostage. The clock, at that point, really starts ticking as J.T. and the bureau pull out all the stops to recover her. But, Jade has her own cards to play.
Snapped by C.M. Sutter is book one in the Agent Jade Monroe FBI thriller series. It is fast-paced, with all the hallmarks of good mystery writing. The reader is given all the information up front, the mystery being, can Jade stop the killer before she herself becomes a victim. The action in this story takes place against the backdrop of Jade’s search for the man who killed her father, a highly-respected policeman himself.
This a series to keep an eye on.