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Split Second by Alex Kava

Split Second (2001)

by Alex Kava

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  lilk | Apr 3, 2013 |
Split Second by Alex Kava
Book #2 in the Maggie O'Dell Series.
3 Stars

FBI profiler, Maggie O’Dell, must cope with the escape of her Nemesis, Albert Stucky, the serial killer who left her both physically and emotionally scarred. She must also contend with the disappearance of her new neighbor, and as the bodies begin following her around, Maggie must face the possibility that the killer’s next victim will be someone closer to home.

While the pacing is smooth and the book includes some suspenseful moments, the plot lacks imagination. The character development is limited (mainly Maggie and her new partner, Tully). It would have been more interesting to learn of the killer’s background and motivation, which are hinted at but not elaborated on sufficiently. As it stands, he is a generic construct with formulaic reasons and behaviors. The climax is also just as predictable.
Recommendation: Has potential. A good read for fans of the series. ( )
1 vote Lauren2013 | Apr 2, 2013 |
Received from a fellow BookMoocher / BookCrosser
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
O'Dell too neurotic, hard to believe. Stucky too invincible, annoying, search for him drags on. Tess the survivor was great. Satisfying ending. ( )
1 vote mjscott | Jun 2, 2011 |
I normally don’t read books by the same author back-to-back, but the ending of the first book in this series, A Perfect Evil, just begged me to continue. Split Second is the second book in the series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. It was an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I was glad that Nick, introduced in A Perfect Evil was back with a small part in Split Second. I really enjoyed the chemistry he and Maggie had in A Perfect Evil. Although there is enough history in this book for it to be read as an independent novel. I would suggest reading A Perfect Evil first. I couldn’t help noticing, well reading the book, the similarities to Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter Series. Maggie–a lot like Clarice Sterling. AD Cunningham could be a washed-out version of Jack Crawford. And Albert Stucky is definitely as cunning, and brutal as Hannibal Lecter. Over all I enjoyed this book. I have included my favorite excerpt from the book below. It will be interesting to see where Kava takes Maggie in the next book in this series, The Soul Catcher. ( )
1 vote chrissywest | Jan 9, 2011 |
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Some say Maggie O'Dell has lost her edge as one of the FBI's best profilers. Since capturing Stucky, she has been walking a tightwire, battling nightmares and guilt over the victims she couldn't save. Now that Stucky is loose again, she's been pulled out of the field. But as Stucky's trail of victims leads closer and closer to Maggie, she is put back on the case under the supervision of Special Agent R. J. Tully. Together they race against the clock to hunt the killer, and Maggie finds herself pushed to the very edge. Has her desire to stop Albert Stucky become a matter of personal vengeance? Has she crossed the line? And has that been Stucky's goal all along—to make her into a monster?

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After Albert Stucky, a brutual and clever serial killer known as 'The Collector' escapes from prison, he forces FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell, the agent who originally captured him, to play a deadly game when he targets her and everyone associated with her.… (more)

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