Welcome! March Book Club

Hunted

by Elizabeth Heiter

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I am very excited to share this book as my first ever book club pick! You are in for a thrilling ride as you dive into Ms. Heiter’s world of FBI criminal profilers and serial killers.

Here’s a quick summary:

Terror stalks a small Virginia town…

FBI rising star, criminal profiler Evelyn Baine, knows how to think like a serial killer.  But she’s never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods.  As the body count climbs, Evelyn’s relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career – and her life – at risk.  And the evil lurking in the Burier’s mind may be more than even she can unravel.

Terror is closer than she thinks…

The Bakersville Burier knows he’s got an FBI profiler on his trail.  He knows who she is and where to find her.  And he’s biding his time, because he’s planned a special punishment for Evelyn.  She may have tracked other killers, but he vows to make this her last chase. This time it’s her turn to be hunted!

Sounds good, right?

If you haven’t purchased the book yet, I have the Amazon link below.

Check back throughout the month for an interview with Ms. Heiter and also the star of Hunted, Evelyn Baine. While I hope to encourage discussion about the book, please wait until the end of the month to post comments that include spoilers. We wouldn’t want to give away the ‘who done it’ for other readers.

March giveaways:

I have two giveaways for the month of March. Anyone who leaves a comment in any of the book club post during the month is eligible. First is an autographed copy of Vanished, the exciting sequel to Hunted. I also will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. If you don’t follow the blog, please leave your e-mail address with at least one of your comments so I know how to contact you if you win.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in any March book club post!

I hope that you enjoy Hunted and let’s have some great book club discussions throughout the month.

So my first question to start things off is…How do you think you’d do as a criminal profiler? Would you be able to work a violent crime or would witnessing a brutal scene, like the Bakersville Burier, leave you up at night?

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11 thoughts on “Welcome! March Book Club

  1. I’m glad to hear you liked it Cheryl!
    As to the question of how I’d fare as a criminal profiler – I would like the problem solving aspect of the job, trying to figure out who committed the crime and why. I don’t know how I would handle seeing the crime scenes. I picture the Bakersville Burier, with the half buried bodies, and wonder if I’d get sick witnessing that brutality. Not only are you seeing it, the smell must be awful!

    • I’m the same way, Laurie! I think I’d be good at the puzzle, but seeing all those crime scenes? Regardless of whether it was in person or through photos, that would have to leave behind some trauma!

  2. I love to solve puzzles and try to figure out who did when I read. To do it in real life, I am with LaurieMichele, would like the trying to figure it out, but don’t know about the crime scenes and pictures. Will definitely get it and read.

  3. I loved the book!! I wanted to be in the FBI and I actually interviewed when I was 23 for surveillance. I didn’t get hired though. I would be a terrible profiler.I loved reading Hunted and I already read Vanished too. They were great reads. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

  4. Great read coming from someone who rarely picks up a book! Thank you for next-to-no gore. I was concerned at first that reading the book would prompt nightmares, but it didn’t. I only seem to know how to read a book all in one or two sittings, so while you kept me completely engrossed, you also provided natural pauses/places where I felt satisfied for Evelyn.

    I wonder if researching your characters imprints on you as I’ve heard it does for actors. Does it alter your own personality much by becoming their voice?

    I also wondered if you had a personal drive to indirectly offer women new perspective on how to be safe in this crazy world we live in. I know that I now see MUCH of my every day life differently having read this book. In fact, even today at a birthday party in a huge restaurant arcade place, I found myself surveying the ceiling cameras since I could imagine it would be so easy for someone to snatch one of the kids who were running around faster than their parents could chase them. Another example has been changing the routes/times that I travel to/from home. Not out of fear. Just out of feeling that I was being aware and possibly a little smarter. Your book affected my every day life far more than, say “Silence of the Lambs” did. One line, especially struck a chord with me. It was when Evelyn commented on how most women think they have an inner compass that pointed to whether someone was good or bad, and how faulty that thinking could be. Life isn’t that simple, is it…

    As for the question of what part of profiling I would be intrigued by, I say the behavioral side and psychology of the killer. As absolutely horrible as the crimes are, there’s always a story of how that person got to be what they were. Discovering and understanding that puzzle would be important to me to help prevent others from getting to that point.

    • Hi Rosalie! Thank you so much – I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed HUNTED, especially as an infrequent reader!

      To your question about the research imprinting on me, yes and no. I don’t ever feel like it alters my personality, but I will say that some of the research took me to some deeply disturbing information (the kinds of details I needed to know to be accurate in writing a profile, but don’t include in great depth in the story because I don’t want to turn readers off!). There were points during the research process that I needed to take a break.

      I am driven to use fiction as a way to bring attention to certain issues, and that is one of them. There’s way too much violence against women and while I think the impetus should be for change at a broader level, I do believe it’s important to be careful with your own safety. I’m glad the book struck a chord with you there, and I’m happy it didn’t make you fear, just be aware! 🙂

      I’m intrigued by the very same thing in profiling! Part of what interested me in writing Hunted was contrasting Evelyn (who also started off in an abusive home but went into law enforcement) with the Bakersville Burier, and why two people who had some similar early experiences chose such different paths in life.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your insightful comments! It’s great chatting with you!!

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