Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Stranded by Alex Kava

Stranded (Maggie O’Dell, #11)Book Description:
Tired travelers and weary truckers have stopped at rest areas on the nation's highways for decades to refuel, grab a bite, and maybe get some shut-eye, but one man's rest stop is another's hunting ground. For decades the defenseless, the weary, and the stranded have disappeared along the highways and byways, vanishing without a trace, but these seemingly unconnected incidents are no coincidence, and a madman stalks the freeways.

When FBI special agent Maggie O'Dell and her partner, Tully, discover the remains of a young woman in a highway ditch, the one clue left behind is a map that will send Maggie and Tully on a frantic hunt crisscrossing the country to stop a madman before he kills again.

As the body count rises and Maggie races against the clock to unmask the monster who's terrorizing the nation's highways, she turns to a former foe for help since he seems to know just what the killer's next move will be. As she gets closer to finding the killer, it becomes eerily clear that Maggie is the ultimate target.

My Thoughts:
This was good!  FBI agent Maggie O'Dell is back!  She and Tully are searching for a serial killer's 'dumping grounds'.  The fact this man left a map in Maggie's house after it had burned doesn't go unnoticed by Tully or the rest of the team.  They have to rely on Tully's girlfriend/Maggie's good friend to interrogate a prisoner and trust that the prisoner doesn't have an agenda all his own.  As they follow the leads and look for clues, Maggie and Tully get closer to the killer's identity and closer to danger.  
I was so happy to read another Maggie O'Dell book!  She was as feisty, smart and spunky as always.  The personal issues and the close calls are starting to get to her so that was an added dimension to her character.  Tully was as strong and supportive as ever.  I can't imagine her having to work with a different partner at this point because those two just get each other.  The secondary characters were good additions and each had their own role to play.  The mystery was good.  I wasn't certain who the killer was but there are several options to choose from.
I rate this a 5/5.  It was a suspenseful and sometimes gruesome read but good!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

**This book contains adult content.**


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