The Third to Die (Mobile Response Team, #1)
An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next…

The Third to Die (Mobile Response Team, #1) Details

TitleThe Third to Die (Mobile Response Team, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherMIRA
ISBN-139781488055430
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

The Third to Die (Mobile Response Team, #1) Review

  • Luvtoread
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful Page Turner!Kara Quinn is an undercover detective who is on a mandatory leave from her L.A.P.D. job so she is staying with her grandmother in Liberty Falls, Washington when she discovers a corpse while out for her morning run. Little does she know that the dead body will be the victim of a serial killer and a team of FBI agents will be arriving immediately and Kara will become involved with the team of agents against her better judgement and is now taking a working vacation and will Suspenseful Page Turner!Kara Quinn is an undercover detective who is on a mandatory leave from her L.A.P.D. job so she is staying with her grandmother in Liberty Falls, Washington when she discovers a corpse while out for her morning run. Little does she know that the dead body will be the victim of a serial killer and a team of FBI agents will be arriving immediately and Kara will become involved with the team of agents against her better judgement and is now taking a working vacation and will put her heart and soul into stopping more murders and they only have 6 days before the killer will try to take two more victims.IThis was a fast paced and interesting police procedural crime mystery. The book steadily moves forward introducing many characters from the FBI task force and many members of the Liberty Falls police department and giving a good background for this suspenseful story. The main characters were strong with relatable personalities. The last 30% if this book was excellent with edge of your seat action and twists and turns that I just couldn't get enough! Hopefully there will more books to follow because I will definitely be on the list to read them.I wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book but I felt there were many repetitive thoughts and statements from characters that could have been left out, although this did not affect the storytelling in anyway and some readers may like the characters repeating their thoughts. This book was a first in the series but there were a few characters that seemed to have a huge history together and unfinished business yet this was the first book in this series so that left me a little puzzled and wondering if a future book will backtrack the development of these characters since there seemed to be many missing pieces to their history together and left me wanting to know more. I want to thank the author "Allison Brennan" and the publisher "Harlequin-Mira" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific story!I highly recommend for all crime mystery of suspense readers and have given a rating of 4 Page Turning 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:“Six months… Six months and the triplets start kindergarten.” She looked at her FitBit. “Five months, twenty-six days.”… Kara was still hung up on triplets. She’d definitely shoot herself. Or never have sex again.Small town cop with a small town girlfriend and a small town life. Kara almost felt sorry for him. Like he still believed in Santa Claus and she was going to burst his bubble.My Review:This was quite a complicated and multifaceted tale with a full cast of compelling, Favorite Quotes:“Six months… Six months and the triplets start kindergarten.” She looked at her FitBit. “Five months, twenty-six days.”… Kara was still hung up on triplets. She’d definitely shoot herself. Or never have sex again.Small town cop with a small town girlfriend and a small town life. Kara almost felt sorry for him. Like he still believed in Santa Claus and she was going to burst his bubble.My Review:This was quite a complicated and multifaceted tale with a full cast of compelling, intriguing, and complex characters. I quickly fell into this brilliantly contrived, tautly written, and brain-tickling vortex that alternated between the killer and those doggedly working to find him and end his spree. The storylines packed a visceral punch and were cunningly crafted, quickly paced, and occasionally cringe-worthy. I was rabid to know all the deets about everybody and everything, and even when I knew who the killer was and why - I was still rabid to know how it would resolve. Basically, I was rabid and close to hissing at any interruption of my perusal. Pity my poor little husband.Despite her prolific body of work, this was my first exposure to the shrewd and haunting storytelling and profoundly insightful character development of Allison Brennan. I was an instant fangirl, although I wouldn’t want to get too close as I would imagine her interior life may be a bit scary to inhabit.
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    That Ending!! It may not have been a cliffhanger but it definitely left me wanting more, now.... immediately. How soon can she write the next in this series!?!Brennan is well known for her psychological thrillers so when I was offered an ARC for her newest book I jumped at the opportunity. The Third to Die is the first book in a new series by Brennan revolving around the FBI's Mobile Response Team. This newly formed segment of the FBI consists of highly specialized agents who are top in their That Ending!! It may not have been a cliffhanger but it definitely left me wanting more, now.... immediately. How soon can she write the next in this series!?!Brennan is well known for her psychological thrillers so when I was offered an ARC for her newest book I jumped at the opportunity. The Third to Die is the first book in a new series by Brennan revolving around the FBI's Mobile Response Team. This newly formed segment of the FBI consists of highly specialized agents who are top in their field, whether it is forensics, crime scene specialists or investigators. They are mobilized primarily in rural areas where the local force most likely is lacking in either experience or equipment. This is their first case in the field and it is a nightmare. A serial killer has re-emerged after years of silence. His method is killing someone on March 3rd, 6th or 9th. This story is made more interesting by the addition of a SFPD officer who is on "vacation" in the area and ends up helping the FBI solve their case. This detective, Kara Quinn, is one of the most interesting characters I've run across in a thriller in a long while. The chemistry between her and FBI agent Matias Costa is electric - and fun! The story is engaging, interesting and, yes, thrilling! So much so that I'm reading past written books by Brennan and cannot wait for her next in this series - and this one is not out yet!! But it will be soon and should be bookmarked on your to-read list.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Intricate detail, loaded with action and suspense. Very long story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are some books that just grip you right from the very beginning and never let up! This story is one of those.This is the first time I have read this author and even though this is part of a series, I didn’t feel overly lost with the story. There were some references to other people, places, and things, however, it did not distract or detract from the story itself.I just fell in love with Kara. She’s a bit Intricate detail, loaded with action and suspense. Very long story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are some books that just grip you right from the very beginning and never let up! This story is one of those.This is the first time I have read this author and even though this is part of a series, I didn’t feel overly lost with the story. There were some references to other people, places, and things, however, it did not distract or detract from the story itself.I just fell in love with Kara. She’s a bit of a bad ass but knows her job very well. She was simply born to be a cop. I love her interactions with Matt. They are a wonderful team and the author has mastered the delicate balance between the two of them.The story is very complex with the way that Brennan wrote this work. She gives hints of the suspect along the way. Dropping clues here and there for us to pick up.This book is a race against time and the suspense factor ramps up as the clock ticks down. It will have you holding your breath as you feel your pulse increase with each page turn.What a wild ride!!! Love this one and you will too if you enjoy a true crime murder mystery involving a serial killer. Not for the weak-hearted for sure, but sooo good! Intricate detail, loaded with action and suspense. Be prepared – It’s a very long story!* copy received for review considerationhttps://amidlifewife.com/the-third-to...
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  • January 1, 1970
    Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comThe Third to Die (Mobile Response Team Book #1) by Allison Brennan is the action packed first book of a new FBI thriller/romantic suspense series. This book grabs you from page one and does not let up. LAPD Detective Kara Quinn is exceptional undercover, but there were some problems with her last case. She is put on leave for two weeks and returns to her hometown of Liberty Lake to spend time with her grandmother. While jogging, Check out all of my reviews at: https://www.avonnalovesgenres.comThe Third to Die (Mobile Response Team Book #1) by Allison Brennan is the action packed first book of a new FBI thriller/romantic suspense series. This book grabs you from page one and does not let up. LAPD Detective Kara Quinn is exceptional undercover, but there were some problems with her last case. She is put on leave for two weeks and returns to her hometown of Liberty Lake to spend time with her grandmother. While jogging, she discovers a murdered young nurse. FBI Special Agent in Charge Mathias “Matt” Costa is working on setting up his new Mobile Response Team. They will travel the country to help jurisdictions with their special skills. Matt is notified that the murder in Liberty Lake fits an alert that is set for the Triple Killer. Even though his team is incomplete, he sets out to work the case. The Triple Killer is meticulous. He returns every three years on March third to kill three times. This time, Matt and his team are out to stop him before he can kill again. Kara cannot stand being off work, so when she realizes Matt has limited manpower, she volunteers to help. Matt accepts and the two work against the clock to discover who the Triple Killer is and stop him before he disappears again.This book has everything I look for in this genre! An edgy, individualistic and strong female lead with a hard-outer emotional shell, an alpha male FBI agent male lead and a group of secondary characters that play an important part in the plot and will be further fleshed and integrated in future stories. Ms. Brennan also always gives me an antagonist killer that is smart, intelligent and scary in their psychopathy. I love these types of books and this is a definite winner. Ms. Brennan never disappoints me and I cannot wait for more Mobile Response Team books!
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    The Third to Die is the first in a new series by Allison Brennan, following the newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team, a team set up to help small towns with limited policing resources to solve complex crimes. Mathias Costa, the Special Agent in Charge lands the first case before he even has time to fully staff the team, but all that must be put on the back burner because this killer will murder two more people unless they catch him quickly. Undercover Detective Kara Quinn is on a forced The Third to Die is the first in a new series by Allison Brennan, following the newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team, a team set up to help small towns with limited policing resources to solve complex crimes. Mathias Costa, the Special Agent in Charge lands the first case before he even has time to fully staff the team, but all that must be put on the back burner because this killer will murder two more people unless they catch him quickly. Undercover Detective Kara Quinn is on a forced vacation in her hometown of Liberty Lake and while out jogging she catches sight of a body. Her quick response and thinking yields useful information, and Mathias gladly accepts her help as he’s short handed and in need of smart investigators. Kara was a strong, intelligent investigator, with knack for reading people, and a superb memory. She was a bit prickly, spoke her mind, and seemed to hold people at arm’s length, which made her a complicated love interest for Mathias, but I’m definitely rooting for them in the long-term. I’m looking forward to peeling back Kara’s layers in the coming books and seeing her progress emotionally (I hope) in the future. We get a little glimpse of Mathias’ past involving his reluctant profiler, Catherine Jones. Not all is explained, but somehow a prior case led to the death of Catherine’s sister who was involved with Mathias. It seems it was more of a superficial relationship for Mathias, but not all the particulars were spelled out, so I’m not sure. I think more will be revealed in future installments. Catherine is dealing with a lot of guilt from the death of her sister, affecting her marriage and family and had her questioning her decision to be a profiler. After reading and loving Allison Brenan’s Max Revere series and other mysteries, I was excited pick up her newest, and it did not disappoint! Ms. Brennan excels at writing suspenseful, action-packed thrillers, and this one had me on the edge of my seat so that, even though the story was a little on the long side page-wise, I didn’t really notice it. Any fan of crime procedurals with smartly written, and multi-layered characters should enjoy The Third to Die, and really any of Ms. Brennan’s books. I’m a huge fan of her writing! The immediate case was solved, but the character’s lives, and past cases are not all wrapped up, leaving a lot of room for future stories. I’m eager to find out what’s next! A copy was kindly provided by MIRA via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Luvtoread
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful Page Turner!Kara Quinn is an undercover detective who is on a mandatory leave from her L.A.P.D. job so she is staying with her grandmother in Liberty Falls, Washington when she discovers a corpse while out for her morning run. Little does she know that the dead body will be the victim of a serial killer and a team of FBI agents will be arriving immediately and Kara will become involved with the team of agents against her better judgement and is now taking a working vacation and will Suspenseful Page Turner!Kara Quinn is an undercover detective who is on a mandatory leave from her L.A.P.D. job so she is staying with her grandmother in Liberty Falls, Washington when she discovers a corpse while out for her morning run. Little does she know that the dead body will be the victim of a serial killer and a team of FBI agents will be arriving immediately and Kara will become involved with the team of agents against her better judgement and is now taking a working vacation and will put her heart and soul into stopping more murders and they only have 6 days before the killer will try to take two more victims.IThis was a fast paced and interesting police procedural crime mystery. The book steadily moves forward introducing many characters from the FBI task force and many members of the Liberty Falls police department and giving a good background for this suspenseful story. The main characters were strong with relatable personalities. The last 30% if this book was excellent with edge of your seat action and twists and turns that I just couldn't get enough! Hopefully there will more books to follow because I will definitely be on the list to read them.I wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book but I felt there were many repetitive thoughts and statements from characters that could have been left out, although this did not affect the storytelling in anyway and some readers may like the characters repeating their thoughts. This book was a first in the series but there were a few characters that seemed to have a huge history together and unfinished business yet this was the first book in this series so that left me a little puzzled and wondering if a future book will backtrack the development of these characters since there seemed to be many missing pieces to their history together and left me wanting to know more. I want to thank the author "Allison Brennan" and the publisher "Harlequin-Mira" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific story!I highly recommend for all crime mystery of suspense readers and have given a rating of 4 Page Turning 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!
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  • Laura Peden
    January 1, 1970
    Hot damn this was good! A new procedural series with a mobile response team that feels a lot like Criminal Minds. I love that it’s not focused on one character in particular & we also get a killer POV. There’s nothing new or inventive about it but it just really worked for me. I want more & now I have to wait God knows how long for another installment. I listened via Scribd & thought the narration was perfect.
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  • Lady Heather
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 'sAs many of you know, I'm a huge suspense- thriller fan. It was initially one of the first genres I started reading adamantly when I started to read for pleasure and not for academic purposes.I've recently discovered Allison Brennan's writing over the last couple of years, and I now look forward to her book releases because she usually delivers an interesting, engaging story. "The Third to Die" is no exception.This was an engaging, well written and wonderfully developed story.The characters 4.5 ☆'sAs many of you know, I'm a huge suspense- thriller fan. It was initially one of the first genres I started reading adamantly when I started to read for pleasure and not for academic purposes.I've recently discovered Allison Brennan's writing over the last couple of years, and I now look forward to her book releases because she usually delivers an interesting, engaging story. "The Third to Die" is no exception.This was an engaging, well written and wonderfully developed story.The characters were smart, insightful, courageous, believable and likable.I liked the dynamics of the primary and secondary characters. The story flowed smoothly and was consistent without being predictable. This is the first book in the "Mobile Response Team" series and it's an excellent beginning for a series.The only problem I had with the story is that a previous case is mentioned throughout the story that involved Catherine (the team's profiler) and Matt (the Special Agent in Charge).I think readers (I) would have gotten a little bit more out of the story if the author would have done a brief recap of what happened in the previous case and what happened to Beth (Catherine's sister). I think this would have enhanced the story especially if a person hasn't read all Ms. Brennan's previous books or if they've just newly discovered her writing.Other than that this was a great story, andI look forward to reading the next book in the series."I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review."
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Mystery / Thriller*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The Third to Die is the first installment in author Allison Brennan's Mobile Response Team which is supposed to be a book a year series featuring recurring characters. The story takes place between March 3 & 14, in & around Liberty Lake, Washington. The main characters in this book are Los Angeles Detective Kara Quinn who has been an undercover cop for 12 years, and Special Agent in Charge Mathias Costa who leads the newly *Source* Publisher*Genre* Mystery / Thriller*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*The Third to Die is the first installment in author Allison Brennan's Mobile Response Team which is supposed to be a book a year series featuring recurring characters. The story takes place between March 3 & 14, in & around Liberty Lake, Washington. The main characters in this book are Los Angeles Detective Kara Quinn who has been an undercover cop for 12 years, and Special Agent in Charge Mathias Costa who leads the newly formed Mobile Response Team. MRT is supposed to go to areas where the local law enforcement is under served or have limited forensics capability. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Forced to take at least a week's break from her job as a detective at the LAPD, Kara doesn't know how she can avoid complete boredom. She is itching to get back to work. Well, she has work, if not will full capacity however, when she happens upon a body of a woman while jogging.At the same time, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is handpicking a new team called the Mobile Response Team. Called to the murder, Matt quickly realizes that the woman who found the body might end up being instrumental to Forced to take at least a week's break from her job as a detective at the LAPD, Kara doesn't know how she can avoid complete boredom. She is itching to get back to work. Well, she has work, if not will full capacity however, when she happens upon a body of a woman while jogging.At the same time, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is handpicking a new team called the Mobile Response Team. Called to the murder, Matt quickly realizes that the woman who found the body might end up being instrumental to his team. He has been focused on finding a killer with the moniker Triple Killer. If the killer remains true to pattern, another gruesome murder is sure to happen again very soon.Even though he just might get to have Kara work with the team, there is at least one other critical person he would like to add, a profiler named Catherine Jones. Not only is she a genius, but she is more than familiar with this killer. However, Catherine is dealing with more than a lot at the current time. So, Kara ends up working with Matt's team, although it is clear that she is not always keen to take instruction.With just a couple more people on the team, the scene is set and the critical players are in place. Can they all work together at breakneck speed and catch the killer? This story is fast-paced, full of twists and turns, deals with personal angst and obviously, the sick mind of a brutal killer. To top it off, it has a mind-blowing conclusion.What a great start to what is sure to be a stellar series. I love Kara and Matt. They may knock heads (and even more) in this story, but there is no doubt that they will be working together again in future books. I cannot believe that this is my first book by Allison Brennan but it certainly will not be my last.Many thanks to MIRA and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    The Third to Die, the first book in The Mobile Response series, is a chilling tale about a smart, meticulous and twisted killer determined to get revenge against the people he believed wronged him. He would match wits with the members of the FBI’s newly formed Mobile Response Team and local law enforcement, who would find themselves in a race against time to capture him before he could execute his next target.A riveting read which proved difficult to put down. The story started slow and took its The Third to Die, the first book in The Mobile Response series, is a chilling tale about a smart, meticulous and twisted killer determined to get revenge against the people he believed wronged him. He would match wits with the members of the FBI’s newly formed Mobile Response Team and local law enforcement, who would find themselves in a race against time to capture him before he could execute his next target.A riveting read which proved difficult to put down. The story started slow and took its time building up to a thrilling end. The story gave nothing away. I followed the evidence along with the team and got my answers the same time they did.I thought the characters were well developed, and I had a great time getting to know them. I found Kara’s character intriguing. As an undercover cop, she proved an asset to the Mobile Response Team. Her working with the team was due to her discovery of a murder scene while jogging. A discovery that placed her in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer. She has an interesting past, which played a role in molding her strong, intelligent and maverick personality.At the time of Kara’s discovery, Mathias Costas was selected to head the Mobile Response Team. At this point, he and Kara’s paths will cross. Mathias proved to be a great leader but did not have the patience for inter-agency politics. He and Kara worked well togetherI feel that this book is a spinoff of another series. I came to this conclusion based on the limited background information provided regarding Mathias and his behavioral analyst Catherine. There is history there, which was not fully explored in this book.I loved how the author blended the personal lives of the characters with the solving the case. I mourned and celebrated with them as a result.Conclusion / RecommendationThe Third to Die highlighted how easy it was for the criminal mind to unravel when plans go awry. This was an enjoyable read and a great start to the series. Fans of mysteries and police procedurals would enjoy this latest offering from Allison Brennan.
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  • Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY $&@?!What a wild ride. I was fortunate to get an early copy for an honest review and let me tell you...I can’t wait for more in this series. Detective Kara Quinn in a total badass, and so dang smart. She is described as edgy and that is a perfect word for her. The cast of characters in this book are seriously awesome. I love FBI Mathias Costas, he is scary smart and a great leader. I cant wait to see where this series goes. I’m especially interested also in the forensic psychologist she HOLY $&@?!What a wild ride. I was fortunate to get an early copy for an honest review and let me tell you...I can’t wait for more in this series. Detective Kara Quinn in a total badass, and so dang smart. She is described as edgy and that is a perfect word for her. The cast of characters in this book are seriously awesome. I love FBI Mathias Costas, he is scary smart and a great leader. I cant wait to see where this series goes. I’m especially interested also in the forensic psychologist she has some baggage too. I am really looking forward to all the surrounding players in this series, and hearing their story.This was a fantastic beginning to a new series for this author. Allison Brennan packs a big punch with this edge of your seat, dark, twisted read. Must read!!!! Now bring on book 2.
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  • Joelle Egan
    January 1, 1970
    Allison Brennan begins a new series on fairly strong footing with The Third to Die, a thriller with some interesting and complex characters that remain unique but occasionally dip into some tired tropes of the genre. The book begins from the point of view of a serial killer whose meticulous nature and disturbing psychology are immediately apparent as he is described cleaning up after his latest crime. Liberty Lake is a small Washington town, unused to such violence and the local law enforcement Allison Brennan begins a new series on fairly strong footing with The Third to Die, a thriller with some interesting and complex characters that remain unique but occasionally dip into some tired tropes of the genre. The book begins from the point of view of a serial killer whose meticulous nature and disturbing psychology are immediately apparent as he is described cleaning up after his latest crime. Liberty Lake is a small Washington town, unused to such violence and the local law enforcement is ill-equipped to handle such a complex case. Luckily, the body happens to be discovered by Kara Quinn, an LAPD undercover detective who is on a mandatory vacation for reasons that will be discovered as the story evolves. Because of its similarity to other cases known to be committed by the “Triple Killer,” the FBI sends a newly formed unit called the Mobile Response Unit to aid in the investigation. Matt Costa barely has time to form his team and coax his best friend and expert profiler out of retirement before the killer is due to strike again. Targeting nurses, teachers and police, the “Triple Killer” has evaded capture due to his long waiting periods and victim profiles that defy easy classification. Of course, small town politics and jurisdictional issues arise to complicate matters further. Kara Quinn is enormously perceptive, and due to her inability to relax while visiting her grandmother, she is an eager and welcomed help to Costa and the MRT. Still, her complicated past and cavalier approach to excessive force may make her a liability as well. Of course, Costa and Quinn find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other and quickly tumble into a sexual liaison of the “I’m damaged, so won’t let anyone get too close” variety. The action in The Third to Die is fast-paced and compelling, if also a bit predictable. Brennan is at her best when she is inside the mind of the killer and weakest in her portrayal of the formulaic carnal passages. The cast of characters are obviously crafted to continue past this book and are drawn convincingly enough to attract a following. This new release will appeal mostly to those who like their thrillers traditional and comfortably familiar. Hopefully, Brennan’s follow up will go deeper into the development of the MRT team and avoid veering again into unnecessary romance.Thanks to the author, MIRA/Harlequin Books and Edelweiss for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so, so good. I lived everything about it. It was the first book in the FBI investigative team, the Mobile Response Team with FBI Agent Mattias Costa at the helm. A young woman was found murdered, an act of a serial killer that Matt had been searching for many years. He killed every three years on the 3rd, 6th, and 9th March. And he needed to be stopped STAT. That was the seventh murder. Cop Kara wjo had originally fond the victim soon became a part of the investigation along with This book was so, so good. I lived everything about it. It was the first book in the FBI investigative team, the Mobile Response Team with FBI Agent Mattias Costa at the helm. A young woman was found murdered, an act of a serial killer that Matt had been searching for many years. He killed every three years on the 3rd, 6th, and 9th March. And he needed to be stopped STAT. That was the seventh murder. Cop Kara wjo had originally fond the victim soon became a part of the investigation along with profiler Catherine. My first book by Allison Brennan, I savored every word in the book. Though it was a police procedural at the core, it read like a thriller. I love books which can keep me hooked just by the power of the words. Allison's writing was magical, the need to stop the murderer was a crazy fervor in my blood. I felt as if I were standing next to the characters prodding them on. I think Detective Kara heard me. She had the same impatience that was in my blood whole reading. The plot was crazy good and I loved looking at the investigation at all angles. Agent Matt had no time for office politics, I loved his frustration while dealing with idiots. The investigation was thorough with great cop instincts at play. I liked them all, but it was Kara who got me, so I felt. Their was a zingy chemistry between Matt and Kara, which had me grinning with happiness, but there was respect there too. Kara was fiercely independent with a sense of justice in her soul. The ending raised some goosebumps and made me long for the next book. Pronto. This book was mind blowing, and I completely enjoyed it. I need to read more by this author. Wow!!
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  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the first in the Mobile Response Team series.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin-MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Series Information:Under Assistant Director Tony Greer, Special Agent Mathias Costa runs the new Mobile Response Team at the FBI. The goal is to travel to locations which have minimal law enforcement and offer their assistance. The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the first in the Mobile Response Team series.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Harlequin-MIRA, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Series Information:Under Assistant Director Tony Greer,  Special Agent Mathias Costa runs the new Mobile Response Team at the FBI. The goal is to travel to locations which have minimal law enforcement and offer their assistance. So far the team consists of Matt and Ryder Kim, the new analyst. Michael Harris, a former Navy SEAL, and Jim Esteban, a forensic specialist, are also joining the team.My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Matt is on a recruiting mission when the first case for his Mobile Response Team arises.  "The Triple Killer" has struck again.   Matt will have 3 days before the next body is found, and then 3 more before the next. Then the killer will not be active for another 3 years.  They have to stop this guy.  Maybe Matt will be able to recruit Dr. Catherine Jones for the team. After all, she wrote the profile on The Triple Killer, so he is sure she'll want to be involved, although she's on sabbatical after her last case. That one hurt Matt too.Los Angeles Police Detective Kara Quinn, an undercover cop with 12 years experience,  is on administrative leave, back visiting her grandmother in Liberty Lake, Washington.  She is the witness who finds the first body.  She eagerly inserts herself into the investigation.  After all, she isn't allowed back in LA for a while.With the team working quickly, they quickly find more clues than they've ever had, and Catherine soon finds a pattern emerging.  But it looks like one of the targets may be one of their own...and the count-down is on.My Opinions:This was a great start to a new series!  I really like most of the characters.  The author has already given them enough depth that I am looking forward to seeing them in future books.  I didn't particularly like Kara, whose exterior is very rough, and her attitude careless, and although the author occasionally tried to show a sensitive side, it wasn't convincing.  However, I really liked Matt and Ryder.  The verdict is still out on Catherine, and I don't know enough about Jim and Michael.I did not like the romantic angle between Kara and Matt.  It seemed really unprofessional in the middle of a time-sensitive case - although as I am not a romance reader, that could be on me.The plot was good, and part of the book was told from the killers perspective, which I found really interesting.  His main goal was revenge for wrongs he felt he suffered.  He created a rather intricate plan to exact payback, which he felt would leave him clear of any repercussions.  There was a lot of action and suspense, so I just kept turning the pages.  It was a really captivating and engrossing read.Looking forward to more!For a more complete review of this book and others (including author information and quotations), please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not ExistThe Third to Die is the first novel in a new series, which I am excited to read more! There was a lot of characters in this novel, but it mostly focused on Kara Quinn (undercover cop on “vacation”) and Mathias Costa who is leading the investigation. I liked both Kara and Costa, but wish that the novel focused solely on one main character. I didn’t know who the lead of the novel was.I really enjoyed the mystery and the Triple Killer. This killer For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not ExistThe Third to Die is the first novel in a new series, which I am excited to read more! There was a lot of characters in this novel, but it mostly focused on Kara Quinn (undercover cop on “vacation”) and Mathias Costa who is leading the investigation. I liked both Kara and Costa, but wish that the novel focused solely on one main character. I didn’t know who the lead of the novel was.I really enjoyed the mystery and the Triple Killer. This killer is different because he kills only on March 3rd, 6th and 9th. Clearly those days are significant, but the team has a hard time trying to figure out the significance as well as the link between the victims.Really enjoyed this novel and will be on the lookout for future novels in the series.Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – MIRA (U.S. and Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    January 1, 1970
    Kara Quinn is on administrative leave and visiting her grandmother in Liberty Lake when she stumbles upon a dead body while jogging. Turns out the woman she found is the victim of The Triple Killer, a serial killer with a specific MO. Every three years, on March 3rd, a victim is killed. For the next 6 days, two more victims also fall prey and then the killer is silent for another three years. Mathias Costa is busy heading up a new mobile FBI crime unit. He and his team will travel the US and Kara Quinn is on administrative leave and visiting her grandmother in Liberty Lake when she stumbles upon a dead body while jogging. Turns out the woman she found is the victim of The Triple Killer, a serial killer with a specific MO. Every three years, on March 3rd, a victim is killed. For the next 6 days, two more victims also fall prey and then the killer is silent for another three years. Mathias Costa is busy heading up a new mobile FBI crime unit. He and his team will travel the US and assist with cases where larger teams aren't readily available. He isn't full prepared when he gets called out to assist with the Triple Killer case and since Kara has time on her hands, he finds her enlisting her assistance. But can a team of qualified law enforcement agents find out what motivates the killer to take action, and more importantly, who he is and how to stop him.I have had some good luck with thrillers lately and The Third to Die is no exception. The story is told from several POVs and even include some chapters from the killer himself. Perhaps it's my background in criminal justice but I do tend to enjoy procedural thrillers and it was a fun trip unraveling the case along with the agents. The book, while lengthy, is told during a short time span which I think lends the reader to feel the urgency of the investigation right alongside the agents.I also really liked the characters in the book. We are introduced to some small town police who have never worked such a high profile case, along with Kara, Mathias and the criminal profiler, Catherine. Kara is a tough cookie and has a lot of pent up resentments against the FBI. However, she finds working with Mathias challenging and interesting. Mathias is somewhat cocky and arrogant, but wen push comes to shove, he will admit he needs help. Basically, the characters were flawed and I do love me some flawed characters.I'm glad to see this is the beginning of a new series. I don't have many procedural thriller series to follow but this is definitely going on my have-to-read list. I've read one other book from this author years ago and enjoyed it, but The Third to Die has me interested to see what books from her I might have missed out on.
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  • Tiffany PSquared
    January 1, 1970
    An absolute solid start to what could turn out to be an engaging series. The Third to Die has all the hallmarks that readers are looking for in great suspense thrillers - diabolical crimes, an elusive criminal with a deep-seated vendetta, and a team of detectives intent on keeping everyone alive.Allison Brennan gives us characters who are almost instantly compelling - gritty backgrounds, lost loves, and personal flaws included. This is a series to watch/read for lovers of FBI crime dramas and An absolute solid start to what could turn out to be an engaging series. The Third to Die has all the hallmarks that readers are looking for in great suspense thrillers - diabolical crimes, an elusive criminal with a deep-seated vendetta, and a team of detectives intent on keeping everyone alive.Allison Brennan gives us characters who are almost instantly compelling - gritty backgrounds, lost loves, and personal flaws included. This is a series to watch/read for lovers of FBI crime dramas and procedurals or for those who love series featuring seriously twisted bad people.
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    A twisted, dark, and clever mind bent on revenge goes up against the combined minds of local law enforcement and the FBI's new Mobile Response Unit team in this new first in series by an author I have been meaning to try for some time.Frustrated and restive LAPD undercover cop, Detective Kara Quinn, is on forced leave back in her home town in Eastern Washington and goes for an early morning job to shake off some of her edginess when she comes across a horrific scene. She knows just what she's A twisted, dark, and clever mind bent on revenge goes up against the combined minds of local law enforcement and the FBI's new Mobile Response Unit team in this new first in series by an author I have been meaning to try for some time.Frustrated and restive LAPD undercover cop, Detective Kara Quinn, is on forced leave back in her home town in Eastern Washington and goes for an early morning job to shake off some of her edginess when she comes across a horrific scene. She knows just what she's looking at and calls it in while analyzing and processing the scene knowing the local force is not equipped to handle a murder like this one.Almost on the heels of Kara's discovery, FBI agent, Matthias Costas gets handed the Mobile Response Unit's first case. A serial killer has struck again. His unit is only half-formed, but he will not be daunted when he arrives on the scene to partner an investigation with the locals and try to stop the Triple Killer from claiming more victims.The Third to Die was a thriller police procedural just in the style I enjoy. I love when a clever villain emerges to challenge a talented, smart group pitted to stop him. The set up included split narration mostly between Kara and Matthias, but also the killer without giving away anything until the evidence led there.I found both Matthias and Kara fully developed and sharp people. Kara had a unique background as the daughter of con artists and basically raised herself and got herself to where she wanted to be as an undercover cop. She's strong and intelligent with mad skills as a detective, but she's also a loose cannon when it comes to her constant inner anger and lone wolf behavior. I'll be curious to see what comes of her as the series progresses. Matthias is a great leader and was careful pulling together his team and assessing how all the people and support could be utilized. He does have much patience for inter-agency rivalry and politics because he's dedicated to bringing down the dangerous monsters he's after.This book had a lot going on and jumped right into what I felt was an existing storyline between Matt Costas and his behavioral expert, Catherine. In fact, I went back and investigated the author's backlist because I had such a strong suspicion that I was jumping into the middle of a story even with the new case and newly forming MRT. I found that distracting, but then it was old news and I could focus on the case and the mysteries of Kara and Matt and the others on the team.It was a nice blend of personal story, tracking the killer with regular police work, and thrilling moments as they got close to the killer. I was fully engaged in the story and will be coming back for more from the series. Those who enjoy thrillers and police procedural mysteries should definitely give this a go.My thanks to Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the first book in the Mobile Response Team series. I like how the story begins from the point-of-view of the killer. The POV switches throughout the book between the killer, Matt Costa, Kara Quinn and Catherine Jones. There is an extensive cast of characters in this mystery. We get introduced to Matt’s team, officers involved in Liberty Lake, Kara’s boss, Matt’s boss, town citizens and officers in Spokane. It was a little overwhelming at times. I like that The Third to Die by Allison Brennan is the first book in the Mobile Response Team series. I like how the story begins from the point-of-view of the killer. The POV switches throughout the book between the killer, Matt Costa, Kara Quinn and Catherine Jones. There is an extensive cast of characters in this mystery. We get introduced to Matt’s team, officers involved in Liberty Lake, Kara’s boss, Matt’s boss, town citizens and officers in Spokane. It was a little overwhelming at times. I like that we are given background on the main characters who have their foibles and troubles just like real people. Kara is a strong, intelligent female who has been working undercover in Los Angeles since she became a detective. She is aware of her surroundings and notices details that others miss. She is frustrated on administrative leave (bored) and happy to help the Mobile Response Team. The Mobile Response Team is a newly formed unit of the FBI with Matt Costa in charge. He is still assembling the team when the Triple Killer strikes in Liberty Lake, Washington. The Third to Die is an intriguing mystery with this mysterious killer who strikes three times every three years (has a thing for threes). There is plenty of action as they search for the murderer. It is a police procedural type of story with forensic details and a psychological profile (red tape too). There is also small town politics and jurisdictional problems included (police seem to dislike the FBI swooping in and taking over a case). The one downside of the switching POV is the repetition of case details as well as information on various characters. The author is a descriptive writer who includes the tiniest of details (did we really need to know what Kara was wearing while jogging down to the color of the stripe on her pants). I do want to let you know there an extensive amount of foul language. The gore and violence is to be expected with this type of book. With a little tweaking, The Third to Die would have been a home run for me. There is some romance (and intimate relations) as Kara and Matt work closely together to catch the Triple Killer (I wish the author had not ventured into this territory). The ending has us wondering what Kara will do next after an unexpected turn of events when she returns to Los Angeles. We will have to wait for the next Mobile Response Team novel to find out. The Third to Die is perfect for those readers who enjoy traditional suspenseful action mysteries. The Third to Die has a conniving killer, alert agents, petty politics, frustrating fatalities, a puzzled profiler, and a perceptive detective.
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  • Alyson Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Book: Third to DieAuthor: Allison Brenan Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC. I do actually feel bad that I didn’t really like this book. It’s not like it’s a bad book or anything, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s actually a pretty well done book, but there was just something about it that made it very difficult for me to actually connect with. As I was reading this, it kind of felt like I have read this story before. Book: Third to DieAuthor: Allison Brenan Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC. I do actually feel bad that I didn’t really like this book. It’s not like it’s a bad book or anything, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s actually a pretty well done book, but there was just something about it that made it very difficult for me to actually connect with. As I was reading this, it kind of felt like I have read this story before. Normally, this doesn’t bother me, but whenever it comes to detective stories, yeah, it’s a major turn off. The characters were okay and I could tell that Allison was trying to add that human element to them. We get a look into their personal lives and are told about what got them to this point. Honestly, that bothered me. I am the type of reader who would rather be shown how we got to this point rather than told. It’s just kind of a personal preference of mine. I think that had we gotten to see more of that, then it really would have added so much to the overall story. I really enjoyed seeing characters from different walks of life coming together to show a crime. I always enjoy seeing how people from different backgrounds can work together to do something amazing. Plus, a lot of them kind of fell flat. It really felt like they were just going through the motions. This made it really difficult for me to keep them straight. I did actually have some issues with the writing. While I could tell that Allison had done a lot of work on this book, it felt kind of sloppy in some places. There is a lot of info dumping in the mix of some really great action scenes. I am not a super big fan of stopping action scenes to have a little chat about how we got to this point; it turns me away from a book every time. I know there is a lot involved in writing crime, but it felt like there was a lot of slough in this book. I was expecting something superfast paced and that just didn’t happen. I think had the author found a way to have the slough in a different way, then we would have had a winner. It can be done, because I’ve read a lot of thrillers from this publisher before. I honestly just think that this wasn’t the book for me. Anyway, this book comes out on February 4, 2020.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do . An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent…Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent…Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage.Meanwhile, in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before because if they fail one of their own will be next…THis is a good detective novel that at times comes to be a little "haven't I read this before?" kind of book. (Sorry, I said that I would be honest!) I am not saying that it isn't an enjoyable read, but to me, it was kind of those middle of the road type of books that have been written before and will be written again. The characters were engaging, I just had a problem with a formulaic plot. (Again, apologizing to the author who undoubtedly spent hundreds of hours if not thousands on the book ... honesty can suck.)A solid middle of the road 2.5 stars rounded up to three.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: The Third to DieAuthor: Allison BrennanBook Series: Mobile Response Team Book 1Rating: 4.5/5Publication Date: February 4, 2020Publisher: MIRARecommended Age: 17+ (violence, gore, some adult moments)Synopsis: An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher! Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: The Third to DieAuthor: Allison BrennanBook Series: Mobile Response Team Book 1Rating: 4.5/5Publication Date: February 4, 2020Publisher: MIRARecommended Age: 17+ (violence, gore, some adult moments)Synopsis: An edgy female police detective…An ambitious FBI special agent. Together they are at the heart of the ticking-clock investigation for a psychopathic serial killer. The bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for high-stakes suspense.Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of highly controlled rage. Meanwhile in DC, FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Word reaches Matt that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this zealous if elusive killer before he strikes again. But only if they can figure out who he is and where he is hiding before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next…Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and the writing was well done. The plot kept me entertained from start to finish and the characters were very well developed.However, I did feel like the book was very fast paced and the book didn't wrap up everything, which is a little annoying for me but leaves room for another book.Verdict: Overall, a well done suspense novel!
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    The Third to Die is the first book in a promising new series that reads like a police procedural with a smattering of suspense.The lead characters are complex and interesting, though several also fall into the overused lane of past trauma causing them to become emotionally unavailable. Sometimes I feel like every cop out there has suffered unimaginable personal tragedy. I like that Kara is the wildcard, hard to pin down and more likely to go rogue, while Matt is the law and order type. Early on, The Third to Die is the first book in a promising new series that reads like a police procedural with a smattering of suspense.The lead characters are complex and interesting, though several also fall into the overused lane of past trauma causing them to become emotionally unavailable. Sometimes I feel like every cop out there has suffered unimaginable personal tragedy. I like that Kara is the wildcard, hard to pin down and more likely to go rogue, while Matt is the law and order type. Early on, we’re introduced to a whole lot of characters, and at times we get bogged down in their backstories and personal drama. In this respect, the story suffers from the ‘first in a series’ pitfall of trying to incorporate too many players and their life stories, all at once. At times, we also wade in tedium and repetitive detail, as happens with some police procedurals. This book is roughly 464 pages, and I think pacing would’ve benefited by losing about 75 pages.While the plot moves in a predictable direction, it’s entertaining and does provide a surprise or two.The major issues are all resolved at the end, so no cliffhangers. We’re left with an intriguing thread to pull on for the next book in the series.*I was provided with a review copy of this book.*
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This author is an auto read for me, so I didn’t realize that this book starts a new series for her. It threw me a bit at first because I kept waiting for a Kincaid/Rogan to show up, lol, but when I realized it was a new series I was quickly drawn in. I liked the idea of a Mobile Response Team and how they can quickly get to an area and focus on the crime. With the crime in this book it seemed more tense, more on deadline because the killer had a short few days where he killed. I thought that the This author is an auto read for me, so I didn’t realize that this book starts a new series for her. It threw me a bit at first because I kept waiting for a Kincaid/Rogan to show up, lol, but when I realized it was a new series I was quickly drawn in. I liked the idea of a Mobile Response Team and how they can quickly get to an area and focus on the crime. With the crime in this book it seemed more tense, more on deadline because the killer had a short few days where he killed. I thought that the team did a great job of connecting the crimes and figuring out who the “real” victims were. From there things seemed to spiral out of control as the bad guy ramped up. I hated the cost that some of the cops and others paid, hated that it seemed like everyone was one step behind the bad guy. Mathias was an interesting guy. I liked the people that he was building this team with and how he wanted the right people on the team. So far it seems like they will be successful. Kara being in the area was a lucky chance. It was fun to see her work with everyone and how she was with Mathias. I look forward to reading more in this series, to see what the team is up to.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to liked this book but I couldn't connect to the characters and the MC grated on my nerves. It's well written but it's not my cup of tea.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    5 StarsThis is the first book in the Mobile Response Team series by Allison Brennan.What a fantastic beginning to a series. This was an intense one! I really enjoyed the main characters Matt, Kara and the beginnings of the Mobile Response Team. Plus, they already have a great foil in the guise of a good guy, Thornton as the book moves into series mode.As you read along you can almost tell who is going to be the red shirt in this novel. (Red Shirt is a Star Trek reference as to those people who 5 StarsThis is the first book in the Mobile Response Team series by Allison Brennan.What a fantastic beginning to a series. This was an intense one! I really enjoyed the main characters Matt, Kara and the beginnings of the Mobile Response Team. Plus, they already have a great foil in the guise of a good guy, Thornton as the book moves into series mode.As you read along you can almost tell who is going to be the red shirt in this novel. (Red Shirt is a Star Trek reference as to those people who end up dying at some point in the show. They would always wear a red shirt and thus condemning them to death.) I felt bad for that particular character because I could see it coming. I was disappointed a bit at who was and was not moving on into book two. I had grown quite fond of a few of them and their possibilities for further story growth.Kara was quite an edgy steamroller. Loved her contribution to the storyline. And Mathias had similar qualities to Kara which made the time they had together so explosive and fun to watch.Basic premise: A person of unknown origin is killing people in threes starting on March 3rd, then 6th, then 9th. The first is a nurse, then someone in a position of power at a school and then a police officer. This serial killer is killing in this way and has done so for many years. It is only now that the pattern is being noticed and understood. Mathias and his Mobile Response Team is called in to deal with the deaths, current ones and possible ones to come.You get the perspective of the killer in this as well as a glimpse into the workings of the Mobile Response Team. The guy is crafty and hidden in plain sight which makes this all a pretty intense and scary read. Once you get to know all the characters, you really don’t want any of them to die at the killer’s hand. Brennan has a great way of endearing us to her book people and making us invested from the very beginning.Loved this book. It’s a five star read from me!If you love a good suspense mystery thriller, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Margo Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Third to Die by Allison Brennan is a page-turner!With a balanced cast of characters, a fascinating plot, and interesting locale, Third to Die provides all the best elements of a terrific FBI mystery.If you're a fan of police-procedural novels and/or a fan of the TV show Criminal Minds, you'll love Brennan's latest novel. This is the first book I've read by her, and now I'm a forever-fan!The story is based on a "Mobile Response Team, a new squad of the FBI" which will aid small towns and Third to Die by Allison Brennan is a page-turner!With a balanced cast of characters, a fascinating plot, and interesting locale, Third to Die provides all the best elements of a terrific FBI mystery.If you're a fan of police-procedural novels and/or a fan of the TV show Criminal Minds, you'll love Brennan's latest novel. This is the first book I've read by her, and now I'm a forever-fan!The story is based on a "Mobile Response Team, a new squad of the FBI" which will aid small towns and underfunded communities in the solving of major crimes. While there is a lot of head-hopping with multiple points-of-view (there are a LOT of characters), Brennan does a fine job of clarifying whose perspective we're reading the story from. The only time it got weird was when the POV switched to a five-year-old boy. And yet, while it was weird, I must admit, the conclusion of his POV choked me up - almost to tears! The main characters were set up with personal wounds they each had to overcome in order to help solve the crime, and these emotional hurdles made them so much more lovable. For example, Brennan writes about Kara: "She left this place for good at the age of eighteen with a GED in her pocket and the hope of being a cop in her heart." And regarding Catherine: "You're the single best profiler the FBI has. You're the one who has these skills, this awesome and terrifying ability to get into the heads of killers ... if you leave the FBI now, because of your sister's murder, it will haunt you forever." Additionally, while I assumed from the beginning that some of these characters would have to die, when the time came, I was still surprised in the moment and impressed with how Brennan handled it.There were several places throughout the narrative where I felt like Brennan's writing was repetitive, but overall I loved the writing. For example, passages like: "Catherine disliked the word normal because there was no true normal. To her, normal simply meant a person who flew under the radar, who didn't register as good or bad, kind or cruel, attractive or unattractive." If you have an aversion to the f-word, be warned, Brennan uses the word a lot, but not so much that it made me stop reading. As the story reached its climax and the hunt for the killer was at full-throttle, I was fully engaged and reading faster and faster in order to see how the story would be resolved.I'm always concerned when I see that a novel is the first in a series, because I dislike cliff hangers at the end of a novel. My favorite way to read a series is to have each book have its own plot neatly tied up at the end, with the characters continuing from novel to novel. I am thrilled to say this new series by Brennan does just that! I look forward to reading the next in the series and continuing on with this great cast within the Mobile Response Team.[I received an early copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    While on a forced administrative leave, LAPD Detective Kara Quinn returns home to visit her grandmother in Liberty Lake, Washington. While out for a run, Kara discovers a dead body. It becomes clear the young woman is the latest victim of a serial killer known as the “Triple Killer”. A newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team led by Special Agent Matt Costa is assigned to the case. Kara offers her detecting skills to help the FBI and sparks fly between she and Matt. The team is racing against the While on a forced administrative leave, LAPD Detective Kara Quinn returns home to visit her grandmother in Liberty Lake, Washington. While out for a run, Kara discovers a dead body. It becomes clear the young woman is the latest victim of a serial killer known as the “Triple Killer”. A newly formed FBI Mobile Response Team led by Special Agent Matt Costa is assigned to the case. Kara offers her detecting skills to help the FBI and sparks fly between she and Matt. The team is racing against the clock to try to prevent the next two deaths the killer has planned, but one of their own seems to be in the killer’s crosshairs.I have read and enjoyed many other books by Allison Brennan. This book is the first in a new series by the author. The first few chapters introduce the many members of law enforcement, both FBI and local police departments. It was hard to keep track of everyone and meant the story got off to a slow start. Once I figured out who the most important players were, it was easier to focus on the plot. The story is told from a few different points of view including Matt, Kara, profiler Catherine Jones, and also the killer. The details of the investigation are included, which I usually like but there are some slow parts to the book. However for the most part, I was engrossed in the story and was eager to find out what would happen next. The main characters are flawed and have complicated backgrounds full of tragic events. I predicted that two of the team members would end up getting together. I don’t know how realistic it would be for this to occur in the middle of such an important and dangerous investigation, but it was obvious from the beginning the attraction was there. Neither seem to be looking for anything serious, but developments at the end of the book that I assume will be a large focus of the next book in the series will complicate the relationship. Although the profiler contributed a lot to the investigation, I want to like her but had a hard time connecting with her. I think she has the potential to be a likable character and even though a lot of her background was given, I needed something more to get to know her better.The killer is scary and the chapters from his point of view show how he starts to unravel at the end when things don’t go as planned. The ending is violent and has some surprising developments. There is such a build-up throughout the book on catching this killer, the ending seemed a bit rushed. I really love this author and liked this book. I would give it 3.5 stars and would read the next in the series to see how things progress with Matt and his team. Fans of J.T. Ellison would enjoy the book.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Mira. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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