Driven, young detective Ellie Hatcher, working scams and robbery in New York receives a surprising special assignment to the homicide department: A young woman had been strangled in an empty alley.
Like her two other victims have been killed. One 12 and one 24 months ago and the fourth victim is coming up.
All woman had something in common: They were connected to an online service named FirstDate. During investigations Ellie and her new partner won't get any help from FirstDate's CEO without a court order.
The killer's changing his M.O. and one victim wasn't even an user of FirstDate but a FBI informant releasing informations about credit card fraud and Russian drug dealers. Mentioning FirstDate to an agent got her killed three days later.
Searching for patterns that don't exist or don't add up Ellie and her partner use the help of former programmer and co-founder FirstDate to solve this case.
A fantastic mystery, very well thought through. As a former deputy district attorney and being the daughter of James Lee Burke, an acclaimed crime writer, Alafair Burke certainly knows what she's writing about. Twist and turns, dramatic and a little love is all this book needed to make it a perfect, suspenseful mystery, very well written and without leaving any questions at the end.
The character Ellie Hatcher's outside of her Samantha Kincaid series which I haven't read yet but certainly will read sometime soon. Hopefully a beginning to a new series !
A good read. Not a book I will remember a long time but a book I really enjoyed at the time.
extremely well written ... believable characters.
Well written with a great storyline that had me guessing until the end. I started the next in the series last night and intend to search out the books in her other series as well. Highly recommended.
I read this book after reading her third in the series "212". I enjoyed that very much, so I went back to the first and yes enjoyed this as well.
Her characters are well developed, and the story keeps you moving.
I will continue to read the others in the series.
First of Ms. Burke's books I have read. I liked the characters, and the plot. Well written, hope to read more of hers soon.
I liked this book and the characters. Although the last 1/4 of the book seemed a little over-the-top complicated, I still enjoyed it and would read more by this author,
The first book in the Ellie Hatcher series by new to me author, Alafair Burke introduces us to Ellie Hatcher, an NYPD Detective who is transferred to a new unit to help solve the murders of four women, who are all connected by an online dating site.
I absolutely loved Ellie. She's strong but not arrogant or pushy. She has some demons in her past that she is battling surrounding the death of her father, also a cop, when she was a kid. She's tenacious but she is open and flexible to looking at the bigger picture.
This story really packed a punch for me and as each layer was folded back and the reader learns more, the intensity levels increased as it became apparent how complex this story is.
Ellie is also very likable. I enjoyed her sense of humor and her outlook on the world around her. She has a way with people that puts them at ease, from hardened cops who don't know what a sexual harassment policy is in place for all the way to suspects and potential romantic interests. Ellie can handle herself and I liked that she didn't allow the bad and the ugly side of her job drag her down. Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad and ugly that came out of left field and hopefully the second book, Angel's Tip, will prove to be just as entertaining.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator does a better job than most of the males I've listened to. The story kept me interested all the way through. I will look for the rest of the Ellie Hatcher series