I first read the sample chapter for this novel awhile back and was instantly gripped by the story. I really wanted to read it! Finances being, well, non-existent, I never had a chance to buy my own copy so when Cat asked for volunteers to read and review the novel I jumped at the chance.
Here’s the blurb, just to give you the rundown on the novel:
Ellie Conway is an FBI agent who works serial crime cases. As a hobby, she runs an internet poetry chat room. When someone tries to kill her, it soon becomes obvious it’s linked to her after-hours pursuits on cyberspace. Matters become complicated when her assailant turns up dead in the trunk of her car. As the chat room’s patrons starts dropping like flies, she realizes there is something far deeper going on than first thought.
Despite an abundance of crime scenes, no evidence can be found to identify a motive or perpetrator. The death toll rises and eventually includes her best friend and her own mother, before a chance remark from twelve years prior surfaces to provide the first real clue, which unravels the killer’s twisted goals.
What a ride! I was thrown immediately into the story and found it hard to pull myself away from. In fact, despite my limited reading time I managed to devour the entire book over a day and a half.
There were moments when I actually had to stop reading to check on random noises in the house, because by halfway through the book I was pretty jumpy. The bodies kept piling up, making me wonder where and when the next one would appear. I was nervous and on the edge of my seat for most of the novel, and hoping like hell that Ellie and Mac were going to come through okay.
The book is well written, and incredibly engaging. I love Cat’s style and Ellie’s quirky character is certainly not the typical female lead you’d find in many thrillers. Having worked with the police myself I could really identify with her and the way she handled the gore and stress of the situation – sometimes you have to laugh in order to keep your sanity, and Ellie certainly knows how to make the best of a bad situation. She experiences a full, and realistic, range of emotional and physical responses to the murders around her.
There are a range of potential suspects, some of whom you are hoping like crazy that it isn’t. Cat does a great job of stringing out the possibilities and the suspense, keeping you on your toes throughout. While I did have my pick for the killer, it wasn’t until near the end of the book when I could tell for sure if I had it right.
Killerbyte hooked me in, and I loved that I could devour it so quickly. Despite technical terms the content is easily accessible and I never felt like I was lost or out of the loop. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good thriller/suspense, or anyone who just likes a good fun read. I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into the next one in the series!
You can find links here to purchase a copy.