Now You See Me (Detective Jess Bishop, #1)
As she saw his face for the first time, she knew he was going to kill her. She just didn’t know when.When the dismembered body of Lydia Steiner is found washed up in the waters of a blisteringly hot Louisiana swamp, Detective Jess Bishop knows for certain this isn’t the murderer’s first kill.Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. Marks that strike fear into Jess’s heart. They are identical to those from a case she’s spent her entire career trying to forget.As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is discovered and they fear the serial killer is taunting them. They know it’s only a matter of time before he kills again.As the body count rises, and the hunt goes cold, Jess knows she has to confront her past in order to catch the killer, even if that means making herself the bait…Now You See Me is a gripping and heart-stopping thriller full of twists and perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter, Robert Bryndza and Lisa Gardner.

Now You See Me (Detective Jess Bishop, #1) Details

TitleNow You See Me (Detective Jess Bishop, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 27th, 2017
PublisherBookouture
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GenreThriller, Mystery

Now You See Me (Detective Jess Bishop, #1) Review

  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    The dismembered body of Lydia Steiner was found washed up in the waters of a Louisiana swamp. Detective Jess Bishop knows that this is not the murderers first kill. Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is found and they fear the serial killer is taunting them.This is the first book in a new series to feature Detective Jess Bishop. At first, Jess, is not a very likeable character until we learn a bit The dismembered body of Lydia Steiner was found washed up in the waters of a Louisiana swamp. Detective Jess Bishop knows that this is not the murderers first kill. Three other dismembered bodies have been found, all bearing the same marks. As Jess and her team try to link the victims, another body is found and they fear the serial killer is taunting them.This is the first book in a new series to feature Detective Jess Bishop. At first, Jess, is not a very likeable character until we learn a bit of her background, then we understand where she is coming from. There are a lot of twists in this story and they certainly kept me on my toes trying to work out who the culprit was. I would not class this as an edge of your seat read but there is something to keep you turning the pages. I look forward to reading the second book in this series.I would like to thank NetGalley, Bookouture and the author Kierney Scott for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    At first I was unsure about Jess Bishop, she's more than a little unwelcoming. This lasted maybe two chapters. After that, I was all in. Clever, challenging, disconcerting, different, and never, never dull, this is a woman I want to spend time with. She makes a few questionable decisions, but i'm willing to let her off on the grounds that the shit was really hitting the fan hard at the time. She makes the book for sure (with a little extra thrown in by her returning partner, Jamison, who i'm pic At first I was unsure about Jess Bishop, she's more than a little unwelcoming. This lasted maybe two chapters. After that, I was all in. Clever, challenging, disconcerting, different, and never, never dull, this is a woman I want to spend time with. She makes a few questionable decisions, but i'm willing to let her off on the grounds that the shit was really hitting the fan hard at the time. She makes the book for sure (with a little extra thrown in by her returning partner, Jamison, who i'm picturing as Criminal Minds' Derek Morgan), but it's also got a high-energy plot with decapitated heads in jars and all sorts of other fun. I read the whole thing in one sitting and was only disappointed at the end because it was finished and I wanted some more answers Kierney Scott...So now i'm going to be here. Waiting impatiently. Bring on book 2 and let's see what else life can throw at this FBI agent. ARC via Netgalley
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Jess Bishop is called in when a body is found washed ashore in a Louisiana swamp and immediately the detectives know that this is the work of a serial killer. The body of Lydia Steiner is found with certain marks that have also been on three other dismembered bodies found recently but those marks are familiar to Jess and she just hopes the past is not catching up to her now that she is a detective. As Jess and her partner start to investigate the case trying to find any clue or link th Detective Jess Bishop is called in when a body is found washed ashore in a Louisiana swamp and immediately the detectives know that this is the work of a serial killer. The body of Lydia Steiner is found with certain marks that have also been on three other dismembered bodies found recently but those marks are familiar to Jess and she just hopes the past is not catching up to her now that she is a detective. As Jess and her partner start to investigate the case trying to find any clue or link the various victims together Jess also gets another surprise, her old partner has returned from undercover work. No one knows Jess better than he did but he's not returned alone but with a soon to be pregnant wife. The news in the middle of this high pressure case reminding Jess of her past sends Jess to her destructive ways of pushing those close to her away. Now You See Me by Kierney Scott is the first book in the new Detective Jess Bishop mystery series. With a flawed main character and a serial killer on the loose it is easy to become engaged in this first book of what looks like it could be a very promising series. I would say with this first book I think the author should have done Jess' character building a bit earlier on in the story as the reader knows there is something in her past but it's hard to decide whether you want to love her or slap her for her actions without the depth of her story. Eventually the background comes out but I had a bit of a shaky start until finding out more myself. This is also another book that for me the mystery seemed to be a little on the easy side to solve, not necessarily obvious though. There were plenty of twists built into the story to make one suspicious along the way and keep readers guessing so I wasn't totally sure until the end. Overall I'd rate this first book at 3.5 stars and would check out the next in the series. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Now You See Me, the first in a projected series of police procedurals to feature Special Agent Jessica Bishop.Jess is sent to Louisiana with her partner, Alex Chan, to investigate a dismembered body. They find most of the body parts apart from the head, confirming that they are hunting a serial killer as this is the third such body found across the country. With no identification on any of the corpses it is an uphill struggle I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of Now You See Me, the first in a projected series of police procedurals to feature Special Agent Jessica Bishop.Jess is sent to Louisiana with her partner, Alex Chan, to investigate a dismembered body. They find most of the body parts apart from the head, confirming that they are hunting a serial killer as this is the third such body found across the country. With no identification on any of the corpses it is an uphill struggle to get the case moving.I thoroughly enjoyed Now You See Me. It has a linear timeline with, apart from the prologue, one point of view - Jess's so it is easy to get and stay involved in the narrative, my favourite kind of reading. The plot is absorbing with plenty of twists and a well hidden killer. I think I suspected every character at some point in the read so I got it right (poetic licence on that point) and yet the ending was a complete surprise. I like the way the plot unfurls one small piece at a time into an action packed dénouement. There is something in every chapter leaving the reader wanting more.The novel has a bit of everything, serial killer, puzzled detectives, romance, edgy relationships between the characters, technology and a very troubled protagonist. Don't worry the techie bits are clever but short lived and easily understood, if telegraphed in advance.Jess Bishop is an interesting protagonist and in a way the novel is all about her. She has major secrets in her past that aren't revealed until the second half of the novel so the reader has to live with her sketchy behaviour and control issues. She suspects that the killing is linked to this past but it's a bit of an annoying read until it's revealed. I think the author is aiming for suspense but I found it irritating. On the whole Jess is a fairly unlikeable character for most of the novel but by the end she may have reconciled with her past. I would like to read the second novel before making up my mind about her.Now You See Me is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    We’ve all established that I have a morbid fascination with serial killer thrillers by now, right? I’m always on the hunt for a new book, or even better a series to follow featuring a kick ass detective or FBI agent and I’m SO excited that Now You See Me is the start of a new series following Jess Bishop, an agent with flaws galore and the kind of backstory that can take several books to unravel.Jess is not the most likable woman, but as much as she tried to be that way, I liked her anyways. She We’ve all established that I have a morbid fascination with serial killer thrillers by now, right? I’m always on the hunt for a new book, or even better a series to follow featuring a kick ass detective or FBI agent and I’m SO excited that Now You See Me is the start of a new series following Jess Bishop, an agent with flaws galore and the kind of backstory that can take several books to unravel.Jess is not the most likable woman, but as much as she tried to be that way, I liked her anyways. She’s completely closed off, she keeps her inner circle super tight and she comes across as cold and unfeeling, but she’s actually anything but. She takes her job and the responsibility that comes along with it very seriously and is so hyper focused when she’s working a case trying to talk to her is like speaking to a brick wall. Her current partner is Chan and they work alright together but her old partner, Jamison is truly her right hand man. The chemistry between Jess and Jamison was great, there’s so much underlying tension based on several old happenings and there is so much to explore with these two.Scott has a graphic writing style, she’s not afraid to write extremely detailed descriptions of the victims of the sadistic killer and the crime scenes. The guy Jess and team are tracking is clever and is clearly loving taunting law enforcement making for an interesting read, edge of your seat read. This was one hell of a roller coaster ride with a ton of red herrings, I swear I changed my mind every few pages and had no idea who to trust! This was exciting, intense with plenty of heart pounding moments and an ending that while resolved left plenty open for the next book, I can’t wait!!
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    This book was full of very unlikeable characters.. in particular Jess the main detective. I tried to like this book but it just wasn't for me. Parts of it dragged out and others seemed to be skimmed over. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book to read and review
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Looking for a new murder/detective series and love characters who have "issues?" This just may be a good place to start. It's the first installment featuring 34-year-old FBI Special Agent Jess Bishop, who brings sins of the past to a whole new level. To that end, she reminds me a bit of J.D. Robb's Lt. Eve Dallas, although Jess tends to be more melodramatic, devoid of emotion and on the whole rather unlikable. Still, she's a hard-working, get-the-job-done detective and an intriguing character I' Looking for a new murder/detective series and love characters who have "issues?" This just may be a good place to start. It's the first installment featuring 34-year-old FBI Special Agent Jess Bishop, who brings sins of the past to a whole new level. To that end, she reminds me a bit of J.D. Robb's Lt. Eve Dallas, although Jess tends to be more melodramatic, devoid of emotion and on the whole rather unlikable. Still, she's a hard-working, get-the-job-done detective and an intriguing character I'd like to read more about.She and her former partner, Jamison Briggs, parted on shaky terms; her current partner, Alex Chan, is a good detective but about as companionable as our next-door neighbor's pooch who growls every time he sees me. Jess isn't fond of him either, but she's adjusting; as the story begins, the two have gone from their Washington, D.C., base to Louisiana. In a bayou there, the torso of a woman has turned up. The head is missing - and since it appears to match the MO of other murders, the agents are concerned that they're on the trail of a serial killer who may be keeping victims' heads as trophies.Then what to her wondering eyes should appear but Jamison - back from an undercover job and ready for reassignment as Jess's partner. There's a lot of mutual hand-wringing and head games as the two try to come to terms with their earlier break-up and Jamison's new love interest, but professionalism (and an obvious like for each other) eventually win out. As for Alex, he doesn't seem fazed by losing his shotgun-riding status - to him, it's just another crappy day in paradise, I guess - and anyway, enough headless bodies keep turning up to keep his and everyone else's minds on finding the killer.In the middle of all this, Jess meets Matt Ramsey, a smooth-talking, exceptionally hunky FBI agent who's determined to make an honest woman out of her. True to her emotion-shunning personality, though, he pretty much has to stalk her to get her attention - and even when he succeeds, he isn't able to hold it for long. That's partly because as evidence piles up, a worst-case scenario rears its ugly head: could it be that the murders are somehow related to the sordid past Jess has spent all of her grown-up years trying to hide?The whole thing was a wild ride all the way to the end, when a few strands are left dangling to whet appetites for the next book. Overall, this definitely was an enjoyable experience for me, though my enthusiasm was dampened a bit by repetition and typos (the latter, I trust, will be corrected before the book is released; I read an advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review) as well as a few glitches in the story. As hard-nosed as Jess is, for instance, it's really tough to fathom how she (or anyone else) possibly could go out for a run hours after cutting her bare feet by stepping on glass shards. Ouch!
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  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    I would have enjoyed this story more if I hadn't found the characters so irritating, especially Jess. As I rolled my eyes at her, the other characters only found her pompousness charming. If only a few of them reacted the way I would imagine most people would, I would have found it more realistic. It made it hard to connect with anyone, and therefore hard to really care about the story. I also found the ending a little ridiculous. Despite my issues, there were moments that made me chuckle... whi I would have enjoyed this story more if I hadn't found the characters so irritating, especially Jess. As I rolled my eyes at her, the other characters only found her pompousness charming. If only a few of them reacted the way I would imagine most people would, I would have found it more realistic. It made it hard to connect with anyone, and therefore hard to really care about the story. I also found the ending a little ridiculous. Despite my issues, there were moments that made me chuckle... which I always appreciate even more in a darker book. It's not afraid of being pretty graphic, and though the protagonist is hard to like, she is interesting. A dismembered body has been found washed up in a Louisiana swamp. Though they're able to identify her, she is missing something quite important... her head. This isn't the first headless body found recently, though it seems to be the only thing the murdered women have in common. There's something all too familiar about the case to Agent Jess Bishop, but she can't help hoping it's not connected to her and her past. She wants nothing more than to keep that long ago period in her life locked away. She certainly doesn't want all of her co-workers to know all the gory details...Jess isn't the only one keeping secrets. Her former partner, Jamison, is back after years undercover. There are several rumors about what he did during that time, but he doesn't want to talk about it... not even to Jess. She's happy to see him, but less happy when she discovers that he now has a fiance and a baby on the way. A gruesome case, a detective with a dark past that uses sex with strangers to clear her head and make her numb, and a touch of romance all wrapped up in a dark package.I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Bookouture, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it kept me at the edge of my seat. It took me a little bit to warm up to the main character but I felt I could understand more as the story progressed. The plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next and this book was definitely out of the ordinary. I was excited to finish this book but also didn’t want to end, so this was the great recipe for a page turner. Some might be put of by some of the characters and I was for a little while but overall fully en I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it kept me at the edge of my seat. It took me a little bit to warm up to the main character but I felt I could understand more as the story progressed. The plot kept me guessing what was going to happen next and this book was definitely out of the ordinary. I was excited to finish this book but also didn’t want to end, so this was the great recipe for a page turner. Some might be put of by some of the characters and I was for a little while but overall fully enjoyed this book. Highly recommended!I recieved this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    A thoroughly engaging and addictive serial killer thriller here from Kierney Scott, with an interesting and nicely layered main protagonist who has an intriguing and well imagined obfuscated background that keeps you on board with her even through her rather ill considered choices.Now You See Me is a great book one for a potentially exciting series to come, whilst I'm not sure I saw anything particularly new or improved on the genre here that isn't a problem because if you love this type of stor A thoroughly engaging and addictive serial killer thriller here from Kierney Scott, with an interesting and nicely layered main protagonist who has an intriguing and well imagined obfuscated background that keeps you on board with her even through her rather ill considered choices.Now You See Me is a great book one for a potentially exciting series to come, whilst I'm not sure I saw anything particularly new or improved on the genre here that isn't a problem because if you love this type of story then you are going to love THIS story. I've always been a fan of FBI and murder mystery related storytelling and this is a very very good example.One I'm adding to my must read list, for those times I want a good, distracting and (strangely) comforting read that I know I'll enjoy all the way - I look forward to finding out more about Jessica now we have been introduced to her and her motivations.Recommended for crime lovers.
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  • Nigel
    January 1, 1970
    In brief - I'm not quite sure about this one, pacey and wouldn't have stopped reading it but not convinced maybe.This is the first book in a series about Jess Bishop, an FBI agent, and the cases she handles. This one is about a serial killer who dismembers women's bodies and appears to keep the heads. Jess has had a partner for a couple of years now, Chan, however early on in this story her previous partner of 10 years, Jamison, reappears. He was very close to Jess but has been on undercover ope In brief - I'm not quite sure about this one, pacey and wouldn't have stopped reading it but not convinced maybe.This is the first book in a series about Jess Bishop, an FBI agent, and the cases she handles. This one is about a serial killer who dismembers women's bodies and appears to keep the heads. Jess has had a partner for a couple of years now, Chan, however early on in this story her previous partner of 10 years, Jamison, reappears. He was very close to Jess but has been on undercover operations. The story follows the twists and turns in the investigation as well as drawing out aspects of Jess's personal history.It has to be said that, as this story does cover violent killings and dismemberment, there will be some who may not want to read this. I guess it wasn't quite to my taste however it was not offensive to me. I certainly found Jess a likeable character and she was interesting too. I'm not quite sure I found her fully convincing though. The damage that is in her past affects her present behaviour - so far no problem. However I'm unconvinced that she would have been accepted by the FBI I guess. The other characters are ok however some were not really fleshed out in the course of the book. That left me feeling that I wanted to know more about them and take them beyond two dimensions.While this book is about catching a serial killer it seemed as though a fair amount of the narrative was taken up with the personal lives of the agents. I'm not sure that that balance worked for me though I can see why the story was written like that.I have slightly mixed feelings about this book. I certainly would not have put it down and left it unfinished. Equally though it didn't fully satisfy me. Personally I'd like a prequel covering Jess's earlier life and her interactions with some of the other important characters in this, her boss would be an obvious one as would be the other person she is friendly with at work. I'm torn as to whether I'd read another but on balance I probably would. Not the best I've read but quite a way from being the worst. 3.5/5 for me. Note - I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair reviewhttp://viewson.org.uk/thriller/now-se...
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    I often tell myself I really don’t need a new series in my life but when one pops up that sounds as good as this one, I just can’t help myself. And I can already tell you right now that I’ll be keeping an eye on this one in future.Now You See Me introduces us to Jess Bishop, who works for the FBI. That bit right there already sold it to me as I really enjoy all things FBI. Their investigations don’t stop at state borders, widening the scenery but also the suspect pool. In fact in this story, we I often tell myself I really don’t need a new series in my life but when one pops up that sounds as good as this one, I just can’t help myself. And I can already tell you right now that I’ll be keeping an eye on this one in future.Now You See Me introduces us to Jess Bishop, who works for the FBI. That bit right there already sold it to me as I really enjoy all things FBI. Their investigations don’t stop at state borders, widening the scenery but also the suspect pool. In fact in this story, we go from Washington D.C with all its memorable buildings, to the bayou in Louisiana, where the dismembered body of Lydia Stein is found. She’s not the first woman to be found murdered like that so it’s obvious early on, we’re dealing with a serial killer here.Jess has one of the most fascinating backstories I’ve ever read but I’m not going to tell you anything about that. To this day, it affects her in the choices and decisions she makes, her view on relationships, the way she sees things. She makes for one fantastic main character but the whole team is brilliant. It reminded me of the tv show “Criminal Minds”, without the profiling. A varied and diverse cast that somehow manages to work together to solve a case. There’s Jeanie, the boss, for instance. You never quite know what she’s thinking. Tina is the computer genius. Briggs has just returned from a stint undercover. Chan is sort of the funny one but also a bit of a troublemaker. And there’s even a psychologist.As for chasing the serial killer, the investigation had me on the edge of my seat. Nothing links these women and there’s no way of knowing when the killer will strike again, or where, or where his next victim will be found. There is no doubt though that he will not stop on his own and he needs to be caught. And that’s all I’m saying about that too. I know, I’m a tease but really, you need to read this yourself and find yourself as engrossed as I was.This is just a fabulous start to a new series. Utterly gripping and compelling! If this one is anything to go by, I have zero doubt this series is going to be an absolute corker and I can’t wait to read the next instalment!
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Hmm. I've had some pretty excellent luck lately with trying new-to-me lady authors in the crime and mystery genre and I had hoped to add Scott to that list after reading the synopsis of this one. But alas I'll have to see what book two in the Detective Jess Bishop series brings; though I'm not writing her off just yet.There was nothing worse than seeing death firsthand; it was like being violently assaulted by your own mortality.NOW YOU SEE ME has a creepy awful mystery that I would have enjoyed Hmm. I've had some pretty excellent luck lately with trying new-to-me lady authors in the crime and mystery genre and I had hoped to add Scott to that list after reading the synopsis of this one. But alas I'll have to see what book two in the Detective Jess Bishop series brings; though I'm not writing her off just yet.There was nothing worse than seeing death firsthand; it was like being violently assaulted by your own mortality.NOW YOU SEE ME has a creepy awful mystery that I would have enjoyed more if not for the protagonist. Jess has a dark backstory that doesn't get revealed, only teased, until about the 75% mark. It was one of the many frustrating things about her. But the bonus to said backstory was it wasn't at all what I thought it would be -- it was better. That said, Jess' behaviour mirrors that of a lot of gritty female protagonists in this genre; emotionally stunted or damaged from past whatever, tough as nails, and has a tendency to avoid intimate connections in favour of random meaningless sex. Normally I'm totally okay with this but the author was a little heavyhanded and awkward with it and it made Jess even more unlikeable than she already was having been given the unfortunate role as special FBI snowflake. In addition, Scott's writing was really big on the telling instead of showing, spelling all sorts of facts and behaviours and backstory out in dialogue instead of exposition. As a result, a lot of the interplay between characters was awkward and clunky and it made it hard to connect to the dynamics of the cast. Made worse by an ex-partner of Jess' coming back into the fold and having to watch them dance around each other and try to adapt to their old routine while bantering about the good ol' days in ways no one actually would banter. I'll be honest. I almost DNF'd this after the first chapter. It does get better but there's more bad than good because the mystery is overrun by the personal drama between the two main FBI agents. Normally I like my mystery to take more of a center stage and that isn't the case here. Based on how book one in this series wraps up, and all that's left unresolved, I would be interested in reading on. But book two would definitely be the make or break in this series and/or author for me. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Book Lover
    January 1, 1970
    Jessica (Jess) Bishop is an intelligent, brash, emotionally stunted, by the book FBI agent. She surrounds herself with high walls to keep people from getting too close, physically and emotionally. Even the two people she has let in don’t know all her secrets. She uses sex with random strangers to numb herself to all her emotions.Jamison was her partner for 8 years before he left to go undercover for 2 years. They were best friends. When he returns, he and Jess struggle to find their balance agai Jessica (Jess) Bishop is an intelligent, brash, emotionally stunted, by the book FBI agent. She surrounds herself with high walls to keep people from getting too close, physically and emotionally. Even the two people she has let in don’t know all her secrets. She uses sex with random strangers to numb herself to all her emotions.Jamison was her partner for 8 years before he left to go undercover for 2 years. They were best friends. When he returns, he and Jess struggle to find their balance again. The ending was cathartic for Jess and opened her eyes to the consequences of her current behaviors, actions and outlook on life. I figured out early on who the serial killer was and how he was getting to his victims. It was easy to recognize the twists thrown in in an attempt to confuse the reader and have them second guessing or unsure about who the killer was. The first half of this book feels like you have been dropped into the middle of a series instead of the beginning of one. Many characters introduced and multiple things insinuated, but no details given. This book would have been better if there had been a prequel that gave more information; about Jess’ childhood, what her life was like after the huge incident that altered the course of her life at a young age, how she got to be an agent, how she and Jamison were partnered and we witnessed their bond growing and developing over the years. Also, what led Jamison to go undercover and full disclosure of his family history. There was just too much missing information to make this a smooth read. I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m left with an abundance of questions about so many things. I would definitely read the next book just to see where the author takes this cast of characters and to see if we are given any more background.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Now You See Me” starts with a bang, a killer hook prologue that tells you that the bad guy is just going to be one of the #baddest guys out there. We are talking pure psychopath material here, this guy has no empathy or remorse. This guy is going for the kill and that scene where he is sitting in the car practising a smile so as to get it just right, tingled my spine from top to bottom!You know that way you read a book as though a movie is playing out in your head? You do? Well, I have just read Now You See Me” starts with a bang, a killer hook prologue that tells you that the bad guy is just going to be one of the #baddest guys out there. We are talking pure psychopath material here, this guy has no empathy or remorse. This guy is going for the kill and that scene where he is sitting in the car practising a smile so as to get it just right, tingled my spine from top to bottom!You know that way you read a book as though a movie is playing out in your head? You do? Well, I have just read a bumper episode of Criminal Minds with an added OOMPH! This book deserves all the #OMFGs as it grabbed me in from the start, chewed me up and spat me out at the other end crying for more!Caught up in an investigation with chilling similarities to her past, Detective Jess Bishop is struggling to hold herself together. Only one man knows the truth about her past and it looks like she might have been wrong to place her trust in him. With the body count rising and the clock ticking will Jess have to lay her soul bare to ensure the killer is caught? A tense and fast-paced, and may I say perfectly executed, the plot kept me on tenterhooks all the way through it!“Now You See Me” not only has a heart-racing plot, it is also an exceptional character-driven novel; I found myself getting right under the skin of Jess and Jamison, or rather I should say they got right under my skin. The tension and chemistry between the two of them was electrifying, it was magnetic. Both of them have secrets, secrets they want to keep buried. Both of them know each other’s secrets and this can either work to strengthen or compromise their relationship. When Jamison returns from his undercover assignment, Jess is thrown into turmoil; her feelings for him are conflicted and she doesn’t know how to deal with it. When he announces his wedding she is sure that he is making the worst decision ever but is this because she just cares for him as a partner in a professional sense or is there something more?As a character, Jess is complex, her secrets haunt her every single day and she lives in fear of them becoming public. We are told her story in a series of flashbacks and only then do we realise what drives Jess to behave the way that she does. She has a fear of becoming close to anyone, she does not want that intimacy a relationship would bring and to her sex is just a means of numbing herself to the pain. In “Now You See Me” her defences are shaken as she is introduced to Matt, could he be the one to make her change her mind? Don’t let all this emotional stuff put you off and make you be thinking that this is just some bodice-busting steamy read – oh, no way is it that – this is a burrowed right inside your head and screw your mind up kind of read; the psychological delving will satisfy the most inquisitive of readers believe me.Jess, quietly focused, doesn’t do small talk and is prepared to act the “dumb girlie” to get what she needs but don’t be fooled by this act, she can cut you to shreds in seconds if required. Her whole wellbeing is thrown into chaos in this investigation though, as it becomes clear to her that there is a link to her past and this makes for dark and disturbing reading!Jamison, well here comes a new character crush that’s for sure! Remember I said Criminal Minds, well I think I just found myself a fictional Morgan! Be still my beating heart! This is a man with a past, a man who has just come back from an undercover assignment and seen and done some dark deeds. Just how much has it affected him and how much of his past is he willing to share with anyone other than Jess?Agent Chan was partnered with Jess while Jamison was on undercover duty. He is a bit of a ladies man and rather shallow it has to be said but watch out for his interview skills, this man is a showman and he might be a bit of an ass at times but the scene where he is interviewing one of the suspects is on point!And a mention has to go to Tina, a white collar worker in the FBI she has just been transferred to Jess’ team; she is the IT whizz kid and someone that Jess connects with; she had to be my Penelope in the book! She is one person that Jess could see a friendship developing with and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes as the series develops.Now obviously as well as exceptional characters, Now You See Me also has an ingenious plot. It is dark, it is disturbing and without giving any spoilers away it will keep you engrossed right until the very end! So many twists, turns and red herrings that you are going to be twisted like a corkscrew by the time you put this book down! It gives you secrets and lies and dysfunctional families and relationships that are taken to a whole new level beyond Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer level! These guys are off the wall dysfunctional!If you like your serial killers twisted, your relationships screwed up and a read that will have you gripped to the point your skin wrinkles in the bath as you cannot get out until you finish the book then “Now You See Me” is one for you! A read that will pick away at your brains and leave you reeling! Do not miss it!
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    *4.25 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jessica Bishop is an FBI agent. She is currently working on a case where the victims’ limbs and heads are cut off.Part of the ritual of the killer reminds her of something in her past.As the story goes, we learn more and more about that past.I enjoyed this book a lot. Even though it felt pretty short, I still felt deep connections to the characters, especially Jess.I really liked her, her spirit and even her faults. *4.25 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Jessica Bishop is an FBI agent. She is currently working on a case where the victims’ limbs and heads are cut off.Part of the ritual of the killer reminds her of something in her past.As the story goes, we learn more and more about that past.I enjoyed this book a lot. Even though it felt pretty short, I still felt deep connections to the characters, especially Jess.I really liked her, her spirit and even her faults. I was rooting for her from beginning to end. The friendships she had to other women in the book were pretty great and well built. As were her other relationships, workwise or personal-wise. I liked the case storyline as much as I liked every personal thing that was going on with Jess.The case part was really captivating. I had my own theories but couldn’t really pick between two main choices until the killer was revealed...I also really liked how the book was built, how we sometimes had other point of views.I could not put this book down. I’m really looking forward to a sequel, I can’t wait to see more of these great characters!
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I am sorry to say this book just did not work for me. The main characters Jess & Jamison, I didn’t like. Throughout the whole story you felt as if you were missing something from their back story. Almost like you need to read a book prior to this one, but this is the first in the series. Maybe the future books will flush out more to their relationship/past. To me Jess was weak and NEVER had her partners back, as an FBI agent I think that is vital. She was not very likeable at all. And becaus I am sorry to say this book just did not work for me. The main characters Jess & Jamison, I didn’t like. Throughout the whole story you felt as if you were missing something from their back story. Almost like you need to read a book prior to this one, but this is the first in the series. Maybe the future books will flush out more to their relationship/past. To me Jess was weak and NEVER had her partners back, as an FBI agent I think that is vital. She was not very likeable at all. And because of her is why I think I did not like the book.Thank you to the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the advanced eBook copy.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.The book starts when Special Agents Jess Bishop and Chan are called to the body of a young woman found dead in a swamp in Louisiana. Her head had been decapitated and she could only be identified from a breast implant following a mastectomy procedure. The victim was called Lydia Steiner who went missing on her way to a sorority meeting on the otherwise of the country.Whilst in Louisianna her old partner With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.The book starts when Special Agents Jess Bishop and Chan are called to the body of a young woman found dead in a swamp in Louisiana. Her head had been decapitated and she could only be identified from a breast implant following a mastectomy procedure. The victim was called Lydia Steiner who went missing on her way to a sorority meeting on the otherwise of the country.Whilst in Louisianna her old partner Jamieson returns to the FBI after working undercover for two years. Back in Washington Jess and Jamieson start working together again but she is upset to learn that Jamieson is due to marry shortly. Meanwhile Jess meets Matt a fellow FBI agent in a bar. Jess and Matt had met on a course and again at a Christmas party. Matt had been attracted to Jess for years but felt threatened by Jamieson.The storyline was brilliant and the method the killer had to find his victims was very clever. Now You See Me was definitely gruesome in parts, the victims heads encased in glass reminded of The Butterfly Garden. This was a dark twisty thriller with plenty of red herrings. The finale was nail biting. Jess thought the killer had been found, but the real killer was still at large and wanted Jess as his ultimate prize.I hope this will become the first book in a series with Jess and the team. She is definitely a complex character with plenty of issues. I liked her boss Jeanie who was rather like a mother figure to Jess. I also liked her friend psychologist Lindsey and colleague Tina who who was a great foil to the uptight Jess.I hope to read more from Kierney Scott in the future.
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  • Grace J Reviewerlady
    January 1, 1970
    This is one for those who like their murders gritty and don’t mind graphic descriptions. It is one helluva well plotted thriller.First in a new series in what I understand is a new genre for author Kierney Scott, and it makes for compulsive reading. I love the lead character of FBI Special Agent Jess Bishop who comes complete with flaws and she makes for riveting reading. Slowly, bit by bit her history comes to light as the layers are peeled back in tandem with the case progression. There is ple This is one for those who like their murders gritty and don’t mind graphic descriptions. It is one helluva well plotted thriller.First in a new series in what I understand is a new genre for author Kierney Scott, and it makes for compulsive reading. I love the lead character of FBI Special Agent Jess Bishop who comes complete with flaws and she makes for riveting reading. Slowly, bit by bit her history comes to light as the layers are peeled back in tandem with the case progression. There is plenty to mull over as you read on – this book is packed with information.Whilst realising that the details are integral to solving the murders, for me personally I could have done without quite as many gory descriptions – but that’s just me. I have plenty of friends where that will be the big attraction! I tend to take crime thrillers as they come, rarely working out who did what and to whom but I worked this one out about half way through – it seemed so obvious to me and despite a few red herrings along the way I never doubted who the killer was. Unusually, I was right!However, that said I would love to read more about Jess and her colleagues and will surely be looking out for the second book. As long as you aren’t squeamish, I would certainly recommend this one!My thanks to Bookouture for allowing me to access an arc via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.
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  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, talk about an intense ride. I absolutely fell in love with Jess Bishop and her partner Jamison. She was relate-able and I felt like I was able to identify with some of her flaws. The story line was twisted and unique. I have never read a crime thriller like this one before and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.Kierney Scott is clearly one of if not the best crime thriller authors of our time. I highly recommend to anyone that wants to be sitting on the edge of the Wow, talk about an intense ride. I absolutely fell in love with Jess Bishop and her partner Jamison. She was relate-able and I felt like I was able to identify with some of her flaws. The story line was twisted and unique. I have never read a crime thriller like this one before and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.Kierney Scott is clearly one of if not the best crime thriller authors of our time. I highly recommend to anyone that wants to be sitting on the edge of their seat and like addict at a black jack table begging the dealer to hit them again.Bravo.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    God, he loved a good hunt. Obviously, the kill was better. But a kill was over too quickly.Now You See Me grabbed me right from the start!! I knew instantly from the first couple of pages I was dealing with a sick twisted individual! That was me hooked!I was totally intrigued about Jess. There’s constant hints that she’s hiding something dark and the more I read, the more pieces of the jigsaw slotted into place. I was however very jealous of Jess with her quadruple screen set up. I love my dual God, he loved a good hunt. Obviously, the kill was better. But a kill was over too quickly.Now You See Me grabbed me right from the start!! I knew instantly from the first couple of pages I was dealing with a sick twisted individual! That was me hooked!I was totally intrigued about Jess. There’s constant hints that she’s hiding something dark and the more I read, the more pieces of the jigsaw slotted into place. I was however very jealous of Jess with her quadruple screen set up. I love my dual screen at work but having four would make things so much easier in the way I multitask… #muststartonthatbusinesscase….I personally think the author has drawn her experience as a romantic suspense author and expertly inserted elements into a complex tale of dead bodies, clues and suspects. I’m not going to say too much but the sexual tension leapt of the page at me and Jess’ dalliances were…well definitely the no strings variety!And oh the climax!!!! Did not see that coming!! Brilliant, can’t wait for book 2!! I can’t believe this is Kierney Scott’s first crime novel. It’s brilliantly crafted to keep you guessing with enough gore and bodies for any crime fiction fan.I’ve said in the past that I’ve not been keen on US based crime fiction, despite having loved it 15/20 years ago. But the more I’m reading, the less inclined I am to sidestep such novels. Kierney Scott is on my list of authors I definitely will not be sidestepping in the future!
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    This sounded like a book that fitted nicely into the category of books I enjoy. I'd heard a lot of good things about it so I was quite looking forward to it. Sadly I found it disappointing. I think this was mainly the fact that I found it very difficult to like any of the characters, particularly Jess Bishop.She has obviously had a bad time. She is totally unable to form good trusting relationships with anyone. If I had been unfortunate enough to be partnered with her I would feel very insecure! This sounded like a book that fitted nicely into the category of books I enjoy. I'd heard a lot of good things about it so I was quite looking forward to it. Sadly I found it disappointing. I think this was mainly the fact that I found it very difficult to like any of the characters, particularly Jess Bishop.She has obviously had a bad time. She is totally unable to form good trusting relationships with anyone. If I had been unfortunate enough to be partnered with her I would feel very insecure!The story is fast paced and well written, although I have to admit I did guess whodunnit and those who follow my reviews know that is not a common occurrence!Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this. Somehow I don't think I'll bother with the next one.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. There were some things that didn't make sense, but overall the book was gripping and I read it until the very end. I'm giving this three stars because I figured out who did it early on and while the ending was great for Jess, to a extent, it was very anticlimactic with Jess and Jamison.This is about a serial killer and his MO cuts close to home with Jess. Her partner is back, but not back in the way she knows him.Chan and Jamison hate each other, I don't know why. They' I really liked this book. There were some things that didn't make sense, but overall the book was gripping and I read it until the very end. I'm giving this three stars because I figured out who did it early on and while the ending was great for Jess, to a extent, it was very anticlimactic with Jess and Jamison.This is about a serial killer and his MO cuts close to home with Jess. Her partner is back, but not back in the way she knows him.Chan and Jamison hate each other, I don't know why. They've added a new member to the team.Matt has wanted to date Jessica for the last three years, Jamison always got in the way. But dating isn't exactly what she wants to do with him...I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ciska Bokhorst
    January 1, 1970
    First; thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing me the free ARC.A fast thrilling serial killer book!This book has everything what I want in my book. It's fast, a good plot, credible and mystery.I really enjoyed this book. I can't stand cop thrillers that are more about the private lives of the characters than about the investigation. This book has the perfect balance for me.Jess could easily be my friend. No small talk, straight to business.Really looking forward to part 2.
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  • Claire Reeder
    January 1, 1970
    Now You See Me is billed as a gripping serial killer thriller. Does it live up to this? Unfortunately not for me. Whilst I did enjoy this book, I found it somewhat predictable and a bit bland. I think it was the main characters, Jess and Jamison where I felt something was lacking with them. Perhaps as the series progresses more will be revealed about them but I felt the depth wasn’t there.I would rate this book as 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for the chance to rev Now You See Me is billed as a gripping serial killer thriller. Does it live up to this? Unfortunately not for me. Whilst I did enjoy this book, I found it somewhat predictable and a bit bland. I think it was the main characters, Jess and Jamison where I felt something was lacking with them. Perhaps as the series progresses more will be revealed about them but I felt the depth wasn’t there.I would rate this book as 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author for the chance to review.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review. Also thank you to Noelle, from Bookouture, for organising the Blog Tour!My first Kierney Scott book. Also the book number one in the Detective Jess Bishop series. As it’s the first in the series, there are no problems with this book being read as a standalone novel. Just for information, it is a US based book.If I’m to be brutally honest, I didn’t really enjoy this book at the begi Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review. Also thank you to Noelle, from Bookouture, for organising the Blog Tour!My first Kierney Scott book. Also the book number one in the Detective Jess Bishop series. As it’s the first in the series, there are no problems with this book being read as a standalone novel. Just for information, it is a US based book.If I’m to be brutally honest, I didn’t really enjoy this book at the beginning. I’m not a huge lover of books based outside the UK, so whether this was what put me off to begin with, I don’t know. The story begins with a dismembered body of a woman being found in the swamps of Louisiana. Detective Jess Bishop is assigned the case, and soon more bodies begin to turn up. Jess thinks that the cases are linked, and there is something about them which reminds her of her father, and not in a good way! She is paired back up with her old partner, Jamison who is recently back from undercover work. There is obviously a lot of history between the two, and also a lot of chemistry!As the story moved on I began to get into the story more and more. It seemed to have a bit of a slow start which then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, turned up a gear and launched right into a full blown fast paced thriller of a story. By half way through, I could not put it down! The story had lots of twists and turns, and gave no clue (for me anyway!) as to who the killer was.The story was raw and gritty. There was no sugar coating it at all! It had sex, murder, violence and bad language! It was also quite gruesome as well – the last scenes with the jars on the shelf were particularly stomach churning. It is definitely not a book for the faint hearted! Jess comes across as a stroppy teenager at times, particularly where Jamison is concerned, but it’s also nice to see her vulnerable side to reassure you that she is just a normal woman who has had a horrible start to life.By the end of the book I really didn’t want it to finish! I was just starting to like Jess and I loved Jamison! I can’t wait for another book in this series to see where these characters take us next!Five stars!
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  • C.J. Stark ☮️
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, I am having to DNF this. I just can't get in to it. It's not bad by any means, there is nothing wrong with it. It's very well written with a strong plot. I just think detective/crime novels aren't my thing. It's 100% me, not the book! Lots of my book buddies enjoyed reading this, so don't let my thoughts put you off it.I really appreciate the opportunity Bookouture gave me (via NetGalley) to give this a go. My thanks.
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  • Renita D'Silva
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing book that I just could not put down. The characters come alive and take you over and I lived and breathed this wonderful book. Fast paced, addictive, with a killer plot, tense and thrilling, a masterpiece of a book! SO thrilled to have discovered this author - this crime novel goes straight to the top of my favourites pile and I absolutely cannot wait for her next!
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  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    January 1, 1970
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  • Natasha du Plessis
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Kierney Scott book. I really enjoyed the main character Jess, she brings a lot of baggage with her. I loved the people that works with Jess, especially Jeanie, Tina and Lindsay, every girl needs a female friend that understands her. Jess is lucky to have three that she can turn to depending on the circumstances. I'm not so sure about Chan and Milligan, they will probably grow in me. I loved the story line.I would recommend this book if you are into Mysteries and Thrillers and lo This is my first Kierney Scott book. I really enjoyed the main character Jess, she brings a lot of baggage with her. I loved the people that works with Jess, especially Jeanie, Tina and Lindsay, every girl needs a female friend that understands her. Jess is lucky to have three that she can turn to depending on the circumstances. I'm not so sure about Chan and Milligan, they will probably grow in me. I loved the story line.I would recommend this book if you are into Mysteries and Thrillers and loves Detective stories.Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for the copy.
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