Tuesday, February 20, 2024

8Down by Kimberley Woodhouse, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

This story was an impressive workout for my brain!

A serial killler with a twisted mind who uses crossword clues to confound the Alaska Bureau of Investigation thinks he can outsmart Carrie Kintz who is lead on the case. Scott Patteson from Cyber Solutions is called in to help and is using all his expertise as the clues and bodies continue to pile up.

The despicable killer has the team scrambling for answers. “Scott was running out of adjectives to describe the depth of evil this man created.” They knew they were dealing with a warped person with an elaborate and sinister plan.

I liked the angle of the crossword clues and the way the team worked together. A nice peek at how cyber security works. Scott and Carrie were great protagonists who were solid Christians and they knew God was bigger than the evil they were up against. They learned to be honest with each other which lent authenticity to the story. 

This is a masterful second book in the series. A bit different but connected. I am glad there is more suspense to come in book 3. Ms. Woodhouse excels at this genre. 

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel on behalf of the author and NetGalley. All opinions are mine alone.*5 stars and a strong faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
8 bodies down.

8 more lives at stake.

Investigator Carrie Kintz is new blood with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage. But with a serial killer on the loose, there's no easing into the job. It's sink or swim. The only clues to help law enforcement stop this madman are the taunts he drops into crossword puzzles across the country--always in the same 8 DOWN position.

Carrie is desperate to prove her worth to the force and the community by catching the killer. But when she discovers signs that these deaths are just the tip of the iceberg in a frighteningly elaborate cyberattack, it's time to admit she needs help.

Calling in security specialist Scott Patteson for his expertise seems like the right move--until Carrie realizes that he may be a dangerous distraction for her heart. With her faith fading in the face of horror and uncertainty and her career in danger of ending, this is no time for flirtation.

But with a killer who is determined to prove that he's smarter than everyone else, it may be impossible to fight both the madman and their feelings for each other . . . 

Kregel Publishing, February 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and library binding
Buy 8DOWN at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House



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