Review: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

Synopsis and Details:

An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next…

Series: Mobile Response Team #1  |  Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller  |  Release Date: February 04, 2020  |  Publisher: MIRA Books  | Pages: 460  |  ISBN: 978-0778309444  |  ASIN: B07S4BCQMJ  |  Format: Hardcover |  Source: Purchased

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

In The Third to Die, the Mobile Response Team (MRT) that was going to be a game changer for the FBI was in the early stages of formation. So early, in fact, that FBI agent Mathias Costa was still receiving resumes to fill spots on his team. Despite being understaffed, Mathias had to hit the ground running when news came down the pipe about the possibility of the Triple Killer starting a killing spree again. Mathias was not a character that I was immediately enthralled with but I did like his moxie and that he could walk the fine edge between office politics and getting the job done. I liked how, even though the MRT was not fully functional, it was explained to the reader what the MRT was going to be capable of in the future. That is a future that I really want to explore because it sounds like the team could really make a difference with hunting down perps.

Kara Quinn was a strong character who was very passionate about taking down criminals. She was also edgy and slightly unpredictable. She added a lot to the investigation and had a keen mind for seeing what others overlooked. She and Mathias made a good team and there was an undeniable attraction that smoldered between them but the romantic tension in no way hijacked the story. There were other characters who were part of the mobile response team and even though they didn’t get much time in this story, I liked them very much. I am definitely looking forward to their involvement in future installments. Another element that I enjoyed was that the suspense in this story was off the hook and the spiraling of the Triple Killer from calm and premeditated to out of control was nicely done. Overall, The Third to Die was intriguing, exciting, and was more than a little thrilling!!

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About the Author:

Author Allison Brennan
Photo ©: Brittan Dodd

Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories.

Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex.” She’s been nominated for multiple awards, including the Thriller, RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense (five times), and twice won the Daphne du Maurier award. She currently writes two series—the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thrillers and the Maxine Revere cold case mysteries.

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