ARC Book Review: Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2) by Ellison Cooper

Thank you to Minotaur Books/Netgalley for allowing me to read this for an honest review!

Buried by Ellison Cooper

368 pages

ISBN: 9781250173867

Publication date: July 16, 2019 by Minotaur Books

Genre: Suspense/Mystery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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SYNOPSIS

Special Agent Sayer Altair is back in action! This time the crime takes place in Shenandoah National Park. Skeletal remains are found, and they date back almost two decades. It just might connect to a disappearance of a local teen, a woman, and her daughter. Before Altair can solve the case, the suspect sabotages Altair’s team. Within the process she also finds out that one of her anonymous psychopaths for her study is someone powerful in D.C. He will not let the killer ruin his plans for Sayer.

REVIEW

You don’t necessarily have to read the first book to read this one. I will recommend it though because you will miss out on Altair’s backstory and personal life. There isn’t a lot of it, but I think it’s important.

I will end up reading about these characters until the very end. This book is 100% a guilty pleasure. The publishers sent me the first book last year, and I enjoyed every bit of it. No, these aren’t the best books you’ll ever read, but they are entertaining. Cooper does a great job at writing them as well. I think they are well thought out and executed.

Altair is great at what she does, but she is still very humble. She takes care of people in her life that need her. She tries her best all of the time, and I think that’s why I love her as a main character. It does get her in some rough situations, but she manages.

The side characters in this one aren’t as interesting to me. They were all very basic. I’m happy that Ezra is back though! He is another favorite character from this series. He had a traumatic event happen in the last book, but I’m glad he is okay. He has been determined from the start.

The climax of the book didn’t surprise me all that much. There were odd details that threw me off the path. I am appreciative of that. The writing is very straightforward, and it’s not difficult to read at all!

Yes, I will continue on with the series. These books have a great balance of personal life and agent life. There isn’t any cheesy romance that every other novel has. It’s a very basic book that does what it set out to do. It’s never too complicated. I would recommend this only if you want a guilty pleasure read.

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ARC Book Review: Caged by Ellison Cooper

Caged

By: Ellison Cooper

Publishing Date: 7/10/18 by Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250173836 (Hardcover)

368 pages

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 3/5

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Thank you to Minotaur books for sending this my way for an honest review. 

This is a novel about a young girl found in a cage, with a puppy, dead. Two cops find her and the FBI needs to figure out what happened and why. They also need to find the psycho, and whether or not he caged more victims. You follow Special Agent Altair, and her tight-knit group of colleagues. You find that Altair isn’t just out to arrest criminals, she is also there to research their brains. Her plan is to find out the difference between a serial killers brain and a normal brain. There are a lot of lies, miscommunication, and very little evidence. In the end it turns out that the killer isn’t a stranger.

I had fun reading this novel, just because I have never read anything like it. I never pick up detective novels because they all sound the same to me. The writing was very well thought out and descriptive. Cooper’s background definitely proves why she is well versed in detective jargon. The FBI aspect was a little bit cheesy. I felt like it could be a TV show rather than a book. The ending also didn’t blow me away. There are more books involving Special Agent Altair coming out, and because Cooper left Caged on a cliffhanger I have to AT LEAST read book two.

The characters were well-developed and easy to connect with. They all had different personalities, so it made it easy to distinguish who was who. Cooper does add in some particularly obnoxious and annoying characters just to knock you off kilter. There were a few that I only trusted as far as I could throw. The characters weren’t extraordinary, but they fit well in the world that Cooper created.

I wouldn’t throw recommendations left and right, but if you have any interest in reading a fun FBI book, then go ahead and pick it up. It can’t hurt anything! I enjoyed myself overall, and in a guilty pleasure kind of way, I am looking forward to the next one.

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