It Ends With Her by Brianna Labuskes was one of the Kindle First (now known as First Reads) books on Amazon a while ago. I went for a book from a genre that I don’t usually go for, that’s what I generally do with the Kindle First (sorry, First Reads) books. It was classed as a psychological suspense, not my usual scene but I actually enjoyed the blurb for it so decided to give it a try.
Here is the blurb from Goodreads;
‘He started the game. She’ll end it.
FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.
He’s never broken pattern…until now.
A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a blonde. The killer’s MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board. The closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she’s drawn into an inescapable trap made just for Clarke. Whatever Cross’s ultimate game is, it ends with her.’
The plot – The plot it pretty clear, we are following an FBI agent as they try to track down a serial killer, who leaves them clues. These clues are meant to help them find the kidnapped girl in time, but they never make it. Cross is always one step ahead of them, watching from the shadows. Just when you think they are going to finally catch up with him, there is a twist. I loved it.
WARNING: Some people may find it confusing/annoying that some of the chapters are giving us the background of our killer. You will get a chapter of the present, then usually a chapter showing the past of Simon. It takes a little getting used to, but I was okay with that.
The characters – Now, because we had these insight chapters into the past of our killer, I felt that it all made a lot more sense and I felt that she was a well developed character and, with her past also mentioned, showed us that she too is only human and has her own issues going on in her life. None of the characters are perfect, they all have flaws and they are your stereotypical agents. I enjoyed that about this book.
The ending – Well, this is it really. I had a feeling early on in the book that something was amiss, that there was something that was going to happen to change this whole little game. I was so glad that I was right and that it was revealed that I Was right. I’m not going into detail about the ending, but as you all know, I HATE spoilers. Just believe me when I say this, you won’t be disappointed.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I thought I would. There was plenty of depth and description and the writer really pulled me into this world of murder and games. I am so glad that I took and chance on this book and I look forward to exploring more of Labuskes’ work, Girls of Glass is due out in January 2019 so I have added that to my reading list.
5 out of 5 stars