Author: Alex Kava
Series: Maggie O’Dell series #10
Synopsis (from bn.com):
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava returns in a blaze of glory with a gripping, action-packed thriller featuring special agent Maggie O’Dell,who is leading the search for a serial arsonist whose crimes threaten Maggie dangerously close to home.
When a building bursts into flames on a cold winter night in D.C., investigators see a resemblance to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists they’re looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression. But when special agent Maggie O’Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal.
My thoughts: Well it seems as if I am working my way through the Alex Kava series and now new Ryder Creed series . . .
This is another great novel in the wonderful Maggie O’Dell series. Main character Maggie O’Dell is of course fabulous . . . fast-paced storyline . . .
I do have one significant complaint about this book – the killer was so entirely obvious I had the book figured out by about a quarter of the way through it, which I never, ever am able to do. I am in no way the type who ever figures out the mystery before the end, but this one was obvious. It really was just too obvious and of course took quite a bit away from the book as there were huge holes in the storyline that just made the killer entirely too obvious.
Overall, another great Kava book . .. and I’m off to start Ryder Creed series #2.
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Title: Hotwire (Maggie O’Dell series #9)
Author: Alex Kava
Synopsis (from bn.com): On a crisp fall evening in western Nebraska, two teenagers are seemingly electrocuted when their drug-fueled party turns into an explosive light show. While Maggie O’Dell tries to make sense of the witnesses’ stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, her friend, Colonel Benjamin Platt, is at the scene of a deadly outbreak that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide when Maggie and Platt uncover a threatening conspiracy that was meant to stay hidden in the remote Midwestern landscape.
My thoughts: Hotwire offers the 9th installment in Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series. I want to say I absolutely loved this book as I have may of her other books, but I just can’t. The book was really good and kept my attention until about half way through and then it started losing steam for me. And the ending was a huge disappointment for me. After I found out “who did it” if you will, I felt like I wanted to scream, “That’s it, why did they do it, what?” The end feel completely flat for me. I didn’t feel like I knew why it happened.
I also wish that the storyline of Maggie’s investigion with the killed teenagers in Nebraska would have felt more connected with the other major storyline of Benjamin Platt and Bix investigating the cause of a mysterious illness in multiple school children. There was ever so slight connection made in the end, but as you were reading it truly felt like two disparate storylines.
The next Maggie O’Dell novel “Fireproof” is released soon, and yes I already have it on hold at the library!!
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