In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.
What I liked: Since I did read the first two book in this series but didn’t have time to write/schedule both reviews I want to give a bit of background. Ryder Creed is veteran who worked the K9 units hunting IEDs. He’s suffering from PTSD but is trying to make something of his life by building a business, K9 CrimeScents. He has a wonderful partner in the business, Hannah, who really has helped Ryder pull himself together. They are just good friends but trust each other implicitly.
Ms Kava also wrote a series starring Maggie O’Dell and continues that character in this series. Just from the information provided by the author, I know Maggie is a character I want to delve into her background; so now I need to go back and read the Maggie O’Dell series.
Reckless Creed’s plot is based in part on a previous book and that’s what I meant about reading the first two in the series before tackling this one. At first I was a bit confused because the viewpoints kept changing and I felt like I might miss something important. In addition, the story jumps around a bit and moves between both main characters, Creed and O’Dell but eventually links them together. Having said all that, Ms Kava had a plan and stuck to it and tied everything together in a masterful way.
The characters in this series feel like real people with real problems but who manage to move forward in spite of them. The interactions between all the characters and their development since the first book have kept me invested in this series. Also, the plot lines and peripheral information are excellently researched, at least in my opinion. Ms Kava’s explanations for the actions in the story make it very believable.
I’m a sucker for dogs of any breed. The fact that Creed has a business built around so many wonderful animals that he genuinely cares about is a big bonus to this series. Creed knows each dog and their foibles and uses them according to the case he’s working. It’s not all about the job though as Ms Kava includes scenes of all the hard work Creed and his employees go through to care for the dogs. I loved it!!
What I didn’t like: I like Maggie’s character, really, but maybe I’m missing out a bit since I didn’t read her series since I’m having a hard time understanding her. I like the rapport and attraction between Maggie and Creed but feel like she’s waffling on the romantic side of things as there is another man in the picture.
No, I don’t want Maggie and Creed to jump into bed together as that wouldn’t fit either character but I just want something a “bit more” when they are together.
You know me and the price of e-books, it's expensive for my taste at $13.99. Just saying.
Overall, I am so pleased I took a chance on requesting Reckless Creed from NetGalley and had the time to read the previous two books. I will definitely continue with this series and hope to find the time to go back and read Maggie’s series.
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.