Mystery / Thriller
Date Published: September 15, 2015
Two women have gone missing in two weeks: the first, found dead, was slashed and dumped in a back alley in Boston. The second was discovered by a child in a Swan Boat Ride. As fear intensifies, Hunter, the head of the FBI Behavioral Unit, calls his star criminal profiler, Tracy Wrenn, to help on the case. Even though she had plans to become engaged that evening, Tracy quickly cancels her plans and rushes to Boston to help.
A beautiful, young professor of criminal psychology, Tracy has become renowned for her success at cracking cases no one else can. With her unusual insights and unique point of view, she is relentless at probing the inner minds of murderers. When a third woman goes missing, and when Tracy finds herself in danger, everything intensifies. In a shocking turn of events, Tracy finds out more not only about the killer, but about herself--and learns that nothing is what is seems.
Good Solid Entertainment
Tracy Wrenn, a star criminal profiler, is brought in to help solve a troubling case. Two women in two weeks have gone missing, and turned up dead. The most recent victim was found mangled in the bottom of a Swan Boat Ride by a young child, and the investigative team is far from happy. Jordan Hunter, head of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, has no choice but to enlist Wrenn’s help. Wrenn eagerly accepts the invitation to delve into another twisted mind, but her boyfriend Wess is not pleased. He’d been planning on spending the evening getting engaged and celebrating. Tracy would like to oblige, but there’s a killer to stop and she knows she’s the one to do it.
I enjoyed INVITATION TO DIE. It got my interest on the first page and never let up. The character of Tracy Wrenn was a huge part of that. She wasn’t predictable and neither were her interactions. Everything was kept slightly off balance so you weren’t sure what was coming next. Most of all, I liked that the mistakes made weren’t caused by stupidity. Intelligent people make mistakes all the time, and Tracy is all too human.
The pacing was good and the story taut without unnecessary frills. The investigation was well-covered with just enough details to cue us in on what the agents were thinking. Wrenn’s breakdown of the psychological motivations behind the murders was also well-handled as was the investigation itself. Lots of suspects, but who to choose? Who to choose?
The ultimate reveal didn’t let me down. The edge was slightly taken off by the fact I did guess who the killer was, but no matter. I quickly switched over to becoming engrossed in what would happen, and the answer was a lot! The ending was action-packed and didn’t disappoint.
Conclusion: Loved Wrenn; loved the story. And what really interested me about her were those little glimpses of something else going. They were there, shadowing Wrenn’s exchanges in her professional and personal life. They hinted, “All is not as it seems”, so I definitely would be up for reading more of the series to see where it all goes.
If you’re a mystery buff and have a little time, INVITATION TO DIE is a solid read. Four stars from me.