AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Before He Kills (McKenzie White Mystery #1) by Blake Pierce

Release Date:
 October 12, 2016
Publisher: Blake Pierce
Format: Audio
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes
Narrator: Elaine Wise  
Genre: Mystery/ Thriller 
Buy: Audible | Kindle


In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun. 

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.


Free on Kindle unlimited, however I found an audio version on Scribd.  I really love this author and really like the way this series is starting out.  Fast paced and creepy I love that all the series I've read of Pierces all feature strong female leads.  McKenzie is a brilliant cop with an almost photographic memory of cold cases and a drive to prove to her small town department that women are just as competent as men.  

The story line holds your attention as McKenzie is racing against time to figure out who is committing these heinous crimes against strippers and working women. When the FBI is called in she is worried she will have to be fighting against yet another man looking down on her, instead what she finds is someone who works with her and inspires her to be better.  I found the evolution of her position in the force interesting and what transpires with her partner in the end made for a good read. 

I continue to really enjoy this author and can't wait to read more in this series.