Profile of Evil

Alexa Grace
Profile of Evil
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Golden Publishing
Release Date
May 2013
Book 1 of The Profile Series
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

In Profile of Evil, Carly Stone is a brilliant FBI agent who's seen more than her share of evil. Leaving the agency, she becomes a consultant for Indiana County Sheriff Brody Chase, who needs her profiling skills to catch an online sex predator luring preteen girls to their death in his community.

A life hangs in the balance, and the two rush to stop the most terrifying killer of their careers — and time is running out.

Book Review by Books Books and More Books (reviewer)
Jul 29, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
236 people found the following review helpful
I love this author's ability to skirt the edge of danger and give you the heebie-jeebies. This book encapsulates every parent with a teenage daughter's worst nightmare. Yet the author infuses it with tender moments between Brody and Carly to offset the malevolence.

Like all of Alexa Grace's previous books, this one puts the readers on full-alert; it is a high-voltage, fraught-with-danger, vicarious experience that is super-charged with breathtaking love. Ms. Grace created another riveting story that assails the senses and churns your emotions.

Looking forward to the next 2 stories - this is a family of hot-sexy men. Profile of Terror features private investigator, playboy, and youngest brother, Gabriel Chase, while Profile of Fear features lead detective, Cameron Chase.

And maybe if we beg and plead, we can get a bonus hottie…Brody's best friend and Shawnee county coroner, Bryan Pittman.
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Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jul 22, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
194 people found the following review helpful
Author Alexa Grace creates the perfect combination of romance and suspense in the first book of this series.

Sheriff Brody Chase knows something evil is in town after the burned bodies of two missing teens are found. Further investigation leads to additional remains, which means it is time to tap into FBI resources.

FBI profiler Carly Stone proves to be a valuable resource, but Sheriff Chase didn't count on the sparks of mutual attraction. As the hunt for the perpetrator heats up, the Chase brothers pull out all the stops, only to realize that Carly's PROFILE OF EVIL is all too real.

Interspersed through the book are snippets from "The Master," providing the reader a clear look into his demented mind. His identity is shrouded in mystery right up to the end.

The characters are put together well, particularly the three Chase brothers. Based on the foundation laid in this installment, there's plenty of room to develop future stories for each brother.

The scenarios depicted in the story, ranging from online predators to meth labs, are rich with details. At the heart of the story is a beautiful romance between two people who have experienced loss and betrayal. Their chemistry is evident, but it doesn't take away from the element of suspense.

The surprise ending proves that a successful storyteller can generate seemingly unrelated details and weave them together into a believable piece of work.
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Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Aug 27, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
118 people found the following review helpful
Suspenseful, PROFILE OF EVIL is a decent debut to the Profile Series.

Sheriff Brody Chase is determined to catch the serial killer/online sex predator who'd been luring pre-teen girls to Shawnee County. For this, he hired profiler consultant Carly Stone, with whom he experienced a sizzling attraction. Would they be able to catch the killer in time before he strikes again?

It's a pleasure to read a book where the author did her homework (research) in a bid to give readers a believable background on the characters' professions as well as the setting of the book. Facts and details pertinent to the case pepper the characters' conversation, building the right atmosphere for a story in the suspense genre. The real creepy scenes were those from the killer's point of view (POV), while the victim's POV allows readers to empathize with and root for her, and hope that she gets rescued soon. However, some facts/dialogue were duplicated in a later part of the story, which I felt was unnecessary.

That said, I feel the romantic development is underdeveloped. Sure, there's lust, but I didn't feel like Brody and Carly's feelings for the other has grown enough for the L word. I think if we had seen more of the internal workings/growth of their feelings, this would have been more believable. In relation to this, I feel that the last scene Carly has of Brody at the hospital is so obviously a plot ploy to get Carly out of town that I feel cheated.

One good thing I have to say though is that there's a good plot revolving around the very real scary world of online predators that are targeting the innocent. It's enlightening to see how these predators work, how they could be hiding behind the ordinary faces we see everyday. Since this is a mystery, with readers usually raring to guess who the killer could be, red herrings could've been dropped earlier, with enough clues to provide readers with an entertaining guessing game. With a good editor, this could've been a phenomenal story.

That said, I can't wait to read the next book, Profile of Terror.
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