2.5 Stars This is Alex Kava s debut book, and my first time reading her I always feel it s best to start at the beginning of a series.This is not a bad book for a debut, but it s not great I liked Special Agent Maggie O Dell and Sheriff Nick Morrelli and their budding relationship Other characters were less well developed and some were stereotypes The plot left a lot to be desired it was very predictable.In spite of that, I did enjoy the book I see lots of potential and will continue with the series. I found this book to be a bit of a mixture and therefore not easy to review On the one hand it was very readable and I never actually put it to one side and went off to read something else On the other hand neither did I wave it in the air at the end and say what a good book it was The characters were somehow too flawed and Nick in particular never really redeemed himself at all But the biggest problem was realising who the murderer was far too early in the book and then watching the so called experts not being able to see what was under their noses The author tried to put up a few false leads but they did not work for me Nevertheless for a first book this was pretty good and I am looking forward to watching the main character and the author s skill develop as the series continues. When a young boy goes missing and is found brutally murdered in Platte City Nebraska days later, Sheriff Nick Morelli is advised to get help from FBI profiler Maggie O Dell, especially after it appears to match previous crimes of a serial killer who was executed months earlier O Dell, however, is still reeling from a harrowing capture of a vicious killer a month ago where she almost lost her life The case was extremely interesting and captured my interest immediately However, I found the relationship between Nick and Maggie to be a distraction She s a highly touted profiler but never really created a strong imprint on the case Nick came across as supremely incompetent and vacuous And, I think that was the intent What saved the story were the actual cases especially the last abduction and the points of view provided by the killer They were chilling and well crafted I wasn t fond of the ending as it left me flounderingit wasn t clever nor was it a compelling twist It just felt unfinished Since I think this story was a victim of what I consider first book itis, I m looking forward to continuing because there were quite a few elements that worked 3.5 stars It s hard to know where to start with this one I thought I was on the verge of kicking off a new, smart female centric series that I could get my teeth into What I ended up with was a sub par, not very thrilling thriller with a ridiculous Mills Boon esque romance simmering, panting, and almost but never quite cavorting in the background I was surprised to find alleged series lead Maggie O Dell relegated to one of many POVs, with the bulk of the initial plot being driven by blander than bland good ol boy Sheriff Nick who finds himself flailing incompetently when someone starts dumping dead kids in his patch Enter Maggie and all her emotional baggage stage left, and let the inappropriate thoughts of romance and jumping each others bones begin Seriously, that s all they do Maggie conjures up a profile that everyone ignores and no wonder really for a crack hot profiler, she comes up with a load of bloody rubbish you could get off the TV, has occasionally traumatic thoughts about her traumatic past, and spends the rest of the time wondering why she s so incapable of keeping her mind off Nick s pert backside, or his piercing eyes, or his boyish good looks, or hisoh you get the idea There s little to no forensic or technical detail, nothing to suggest that Kava did a hint of research, and hey, why use one adverb when you can use two By the time the dog s breakfast ending of false tension and day old stupid police work rolled around, my despair was complete Recommended for masochists only. 3.5 stars but not really good enough for 4.A Perfect Evil is Alex Kava s first book in the series featuring Maggie O Dell, a feisty and thorough FBI profiler ODell is brought into a small town in Nebraska after a child murder bears the same signs of recent spate of seriel murders in the same town The problem is that the murderer was executed Is this a copy cat or did the town put to death the wrong person O Dell encounters the new Sherrif who is the son of the Sherrif who captured the killer of course he is All of the original force is still around But soon it appears that something isn t right in this town, in fact something is quite wring.Much of the story is formulaic, including a short lived romance between the Sherrif and O Dell, the stereotypical small town banter and behavior, etc., but there also were glimmers of good writing when it came to O Dell As the series progresses I think her character will grow as well In short, this was a good, enjoyable read and a solid start to a promising series. A Killer Is WatchingThe Brutal Murders Of Three Young Boys Paralyze The Citizens Of Platte City, Nebraska What S Worse Is The Grim Realization That The Man Recently Executed For The Crimes Was A Copycat When Sheriff Nick Morrelli Is Called To The Scene Of Another Grisly Murder, It Becomes Clear That The Real Predator Is Still At Large, Waiting To Kill AgainMorreli Understands The Urgency Of The Case Terrorizing His Community, But It S The Experienced Eye Of FBI Criminal Profiler Maggie O Dell That Pinpoints The True Nature Of The Evil Behind The Killings A Revelation Made All The Horrific When Morrelli S Own Nephew Goes MissingMaggie Understands Something Else The Killer Is Enjoying Himself, Relishing His Ability To Stay One Step Ahead Of Her, Making This Case Personal By The Hour Because Out There, Watching, Is A Killer With A Heart Of Pure And Perfect Evil A Perfect Evil is Alex Kava s debut novel and the 1st book in her Maggie O Dell Series.We are introduced to FBI profiler, Maggie O Dell, who has been tasked with investigating the kidnap murders of three young boys in the small town of Platte City, Nebraska.Working with the town s sheriff, Nick Morelli, she becomes part of a very dangerous game when the devious and evil killer becomes obsessed with her and begins playing a cat and mouse game with her.The chemistry build up between Maggie and Nick is done in a very subtle way leaving us to wonder how that relationship will continue in the next book.The author uses the small town setting extremely well.the tension and suspicions between the residents is palpable as they realize that the killer could be living amongst them.A well executed page turner that ends with a setup for the next book. 3.5 Stars rounded upI liked this book and the author s writing style I liked the potential of the Maggie O Dell character Maggie has come face to face with a brutal serial killer and the experience has left its scars both physically and emotionally Now she is in the small town of Platte City, NE helping an inexperienced sheriff by profiling a kidnapper killer of little boys Maggie becomes wrapped up in the case than just a profiler as another little boy has been kidnapped and killed and then a third boy is kidnapped and the clock is ticking She is smart but she does do a few independent moves that can look a little TSTL On the flip side, there really doesn t seem to be much support and capability coming out of the sheriff s office.Nick Morelli, the Sheriff, is a drain on the story line His character becomes almost unlikable due to his incompetence and playboy ways I can definitely see where other reviewers had problems with his character He has basically inherited the position from his father and let the department run itself pretty much without interference from him His staff is partially good ole boys leftover from his dad Although well liked prior to the kidnappings he didn t earn much respect He definitely didn t have mine He was much interested in the woman of the month well like one night stands then understanding his responsibilities as Sheriff Although his character developed during the book, I found that I still didn t like him.The plot of the kidnapped boys and their tie in to similar crimes committed during Nick s father s regime was a good one However, when the victims of a serial killer are innocent children it s a little harder to read about We don t get gory details thank goodness but there s enough information that s difficult to read It might be because in reality there are people out there that would do this children and that s hard to stomach.Although there is the basic resolution of this case, the ending leaves two major points open I much prefer it when all the ends are tied up but there is a nemesis element that the author wants to keep open I did like this book and really see the potential of this series and will continue with the next book. This books was truly terrible I wanted to quit by the 10th chapter, but I usually finish a book once it s started In this case it s a decision I deeply regret Time in my life that I could have spent reading something good, is now gone forever.None of the characters are at all likable and they are all downright stupid The author had cops destroying evidence and bumbling around like fools She somehow even made the poor little 10 year old victims stupid Two children have been kidnapped and killed yet a 10 year old boy would not run screaming from a masked man talking to him How insulting to ten year olds everywhere And then for fun let s throw in as many evil people as possible in some sort of weird and failed attempt to confuse readers about who the murderer really is This book didn t flow, didn t make me care, all it did was make me burst out in sudden fits of swearing at it s idiocy.