Thursday, April 11, 2024

8 DOWN by Kimberley Woodhouse, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"People are dying. And they will keep dying . . . I've left you clues . . . One might think you don't care about the citizens of Alaska."

Didn't care? Alaska Bureau of Investigation investigator Carrie Kintz cared very much about the citizens that she had vowed to protect, but the bizarre string of deaths in the city of Anchorage had left her department verily stumped. Recognizing early on that someone with highly honed technical skills might be responsible, Carrie brings in cyber security specialist Scott Patteson as a consultant. Turns out it was a very smart move, for Scott knew someone who suggested there was a connection between the crimes and crossword puzzles published in newspapers nationwide . . . the clues were being dropped into the 8 DOWN position. Why? What was the motive?

It didn't take very long for the killer to let them know.

An unbelievably clever plot! (with a pleasant amount of romantic tension) As investigators race to solve the puzzles, the unidentified subject (fitting the profile of a serial killer), begins to escalate in cruelty. If there was ever a time to seek wisdom, it's now.

"If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault . . ." (James 1:5)

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars

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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