Spree by Michael Morley

SpreeA madman is on the rampage in the Los Angeles streets.
The City of Angels has become The City of Fear.
And everyone from the Oval Office down wants a quick result.
The heat is on Jake Mottram, head of the FBI’s new Spree Killer Unit,
and psychological profiler Angie Holmes to find the madman responsible.

Until now, they’ve been great together.
Both at work and in bed.
But a killer is about to come between them,
in ways that could cost them far more than their careers.
Will they survive the spree about to come?

Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

If I had to describe this book in one sentence it would be: Criminal Minds in book form.

Smart Strong FBI Profiler? Check.
Geeky FBI Nerd? Check.
Police doubting profiler’s abilities? Check.
Media conference trying to draw killer out? Check.
Lots of blood, shootings, bombs, big emotional moments? Check.
Cold, stern disapproving boss who eventually shows her softer side? Check.
Lead character ending up in danger several times in course of novel? Check.
Arrest of the wrong suspect? Check.
Characters’ personal lives affecting their professional lives? Check.

I definitely recommend this book for any fans of the crime genre. It is quite long but equally fast-paced.

It loses a star because THE AUTHOR KILLED JAKE! JAKE, THE ALL AMERICAN HERO AND THE LOVE OF ANGIE’S LIFE! I really thought this book was the start of a Jake/Angie FBI crime series. I loved their interaction; it was very real and I loved that Jake came around on the idea of the baby and proposed …. and then HE DIED!!!! I thought Angie’s handling of the situation was life-like and exactly how I would have expected including the different stages of grief, her concern of what was on the phone/the photos in the safe. Whilst I really wish Jake didn’t have to die, it did make for some excellent character development for Angie and I loved the send-off at the end.

So my only question is whether Angie Holmes will appear in more novels? I certainly hope so.

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