A band of ruthless assassins converges on a bank in Washington, D.C. They slaughter everyone inside and all escape without stealing a dime and leaving only a message for police warning that another attack is coming. The attackers are more than willing to communicate who they are and what they want. The problem is, they only do so through cryptic messages hidden in a labyrinth of classic literature references.
With the clock ticking down the hours and minutes until another bloodbath, Jenna and the rest of the BAU team have a challenge profiling not one or two, but a dozen individual killers. But even if she is able to save the day, two enemies from her past are lurking right in her blind spot, ready to take advantage of her current preoccupation . . .
What I liked: First a big caution…..you absolutely need to read the first two books in the Dr. Jenna Ramey series. The backstories of the main characters are given in those books and some of the plot points in Flash Point need the background!
I thought Ms Marshall did a fabulous job with the development of this series so far. Each book gets a bit more in-depth not only with the characters but some of the plots are tied together. I had already read the first two books in this series, so I had a general idea of the characters and what makes them tick. Even as I say that, each installment more fully delves into each character and what makes them who they are.
Basically Jenna Ramey is a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, who can for some reason associate feelings, evidence, and individual’s conversations to corresponding colors. Each color means something to her. In some cases, she is overwhelmed with colors so she needs to sort through them to find exactly the clue she needs in working a case. Different, huh? Believe me the way Ms Marshall describes it, makes more sense than me trying to explain it.
First, I really like how the unit Jenna is assigned to works together. It’s a small close-knit group and each one is still growing in character development, even Jenna who is the star of the series. She does have a love interest, Yancy (I love his character), a father, brother, and a young daughter. And then there’s Irv, the unit’s tech guy. I say that but Irv is more like a tech wizard. The things he’s able to find out about and the things he can do with hacking is incredible.
Flash Point's main plot deals with a multiple murder scene and a bunch of nonsensical clues provided by the group of killers. It’s mind boggling! The clues tie into literary works and let me tell you, I learned more about some of them from Ms Marshall than I ever thought I could. The group of murderers is smart, devious and plans to keep killing.
What I didn’t like: It’s not that I didn’t like almost everything, but in Flashpoint I had a harder time than normal reading about how Jenna would push the colors aside. On a couple of occasions, I felt like she was too quick to key into one color and ignore what the others were trying to tell her.
Now the biggest drawback in my mind. The e-book pricing! Flash Point is listed as $15.33 (It will release in hardcover at $24.31) The first two books in the series are $11.99 each and are cheaper either in new paperback or a used paperback copy. I really enjoy the series but will have to think seriously about continuing to buy the books or getting them from the library. I will say, when I bought the first two books in this series, I had a credit on my account and thus didn't feel guilty getting them; but if I'd had to pay full price, I think I would have stepped back.
Ms Marshall has gone onto my “authors I read” list. Her character development, plot points, and over all writing quality have got me hooked. The bad part, now that I’m caught up on the series, I have to wait for the next book and while the ending of Flash Point was not exactly a cliffhanger, it did its job by making me want more, NOW.
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Highly Recommended!! (Borrow the book from the library or a friend)