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From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense. Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Try From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense. Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her. Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she. In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO KILL marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


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From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense. Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Try From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense. Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her. Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her. Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she. In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine. A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO KILL marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

30 review for Cause to Kill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    After having Blake Pierce recommended to me, I was asked to try the Avery Black series, which is full of great thrills and packs a punch with its concise mysteries. In this series debut, Pierce introduces the reader to his protagonist, Avery Black. A former criminal defence attorney, Black left the profession after one of her clients—Howard Randall—was released and killed just to prove to his attorney that he was a serial killer. Now, an officer with the Boston PD, Black has scored a position on After having Blake Pierce recommended to me, I was asked to try the Avery Black series, which is full of great thrills and packs a punch with its concise mysteries. In this series debut, Pierce introduces the reader to his protagonist, Avery Black. A former criminal defence attorney, Black left the profession after one of her clients—Howard Randall—was released and killed just to prove to his attorney that he was a serial killer. Now, an officer with the Boston PD, Black has scored a position on the coveted Homicide Squad. When a sorority girl goes missing after a Harvard party, her friends are baffled. This is nothing like her and she has no reason to disappear. When a body is discovered, the victim is the missing girl, but there is some form of natural drug in her system. This is substantiated when CCTV footage shows her wandering around with a mysterious man. Black and her team are baffled and push the limits to find clues, only to be faced with another victim from a different local college. There does not seem to be any tie between the two, leaving Black to ponder how to approach finding a suspect. She turns to Randall for some assistance, which is like playing with a nest of vipers. There is a chance that he could help, but Black runs the serious risk of being played yet again. With time running out and a killer on the loose, no one is safe. Black will have to check her pride at the door, while searching for this elusive killer. If that were not enough, Black is constantly reminded of how she walked away from her own family when things were at their most difficult. Pierce entices the reader well with this easy to read thriller that leaves them wanting more. Recommended to those who need a quick jolt with a short mystery. Perfect for the reader seeking a beach or travel read as well. This may have been my first Blake Pierce read, but it certainly will not be my last. I have read many mysteries in my day, but this one was both quick to read and easy to comprehend. Pierce adds twists throughout, but keeps the pace of the narrative such that the story does not get bogged down with too many details. Avery Black is a complex character that will surely take a while to unravel. Her backstory with the law is one that Pierce had better expand upon, both the legal career and the foibles with Howard Randall. It was this mistake that cost Black her family and makes the revelation of her estranged teenaged daughter, Rose, all the more interesting. Parachuted into the Boston PD Homicide Squad, Black will have to climb the ladder, hampered both with being a woman and for her sensationalized backstory. I am eager to see how things occur, as she is surely gritty and well-grounded when it comes to homicide work. There are others that surround Black and support her throughout this piece. I hope some cops and even civilian characters find their way into other books within this series, as there are many unanswered questions that Pierce has offered up in this debut. The story was strong and held my attention, so much so that I was able to devour this book in two days. I am glad to have six books within my grasp, as I will surely roll through them all and find breadcrumbs in each that will hopefully come together as a strong story arc. I will forge ahead with this series and see what else Pierce has in store. If all goes well, I may even have to find a few more of his series to read! Kudos, Mr. Pierce, for luring me in with this strong story. I cannot wait to see how Avery Black matures under your guidance. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    I find it curious how you can feel the difference between crime novels for free on Amazon and the ones that you will actually pay money for. In the beginning I was enthusiastic - reading is an expensive hobby if you have to buy every book you read - but I soon realised that there is a reason why those books are on Amazon for almost or literally nothing. It's simply because they are not that good. "Cause to kill" was one of them. The story would have had potential - a disgraced attorney turned ho I find it curious how you can feel the difference between crime novels for free on Amazon and the ones that you will actually pay money for. In the beginning I was enthusiastic - reading is an expensive hobby if you have to buy every book you read - but I soon realised that there is a reason why those books are on Amazon for almost or literally nothing. It's simply because they are not that good. "Cause to kill" was one of them. The story would have had potential - a disgraced attorney turned homicide detective, a crazy serial killer that does it for the "All Spirit" - that was a good base. Avery Black, however, is not deep and interesting but mostly just annoying and her fellow cops seem as 2D as a sheet of paper. Stereotypes everywhere! Judging by the nature of the crimes, I should have been immersed in the story, desperate to know more. Instead, I found myself opening the book out of boredom when I had another hour on the train without anything more captivating to read. This has proven to me again that most good things don't come for free - and if you want to read decent books, you sometimes really have to buy them (unless they have them in the library!).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Impressive Avery Black was a defence lawyer, who was not very popular with the police. Then in a high profile case she had to change career. So what does she do? Joins the police force and works upto being a detective. She makes her own rules and ignores orders but gets the job done. As you read through more and more of her background about her family upbringing is revealed that shows what has made her what she is. I enjoyed this story not quite 5 stars, but close, maybe future books will get th Impressive Avery Black was a defence lawyer, who was not very popular with the police. Then in a high profile case she had to change career. So what does she do? Joins the police force and works upto being a detective. She makes her own rules and ignores orders but gets the job done. As you read through more and more of her background about her family upbringing is revealed that shows what has made her what she is. I enjoyed this story not quite 5 stars, but close, maybe future books will get there. A new author for me, not for long I will definitely be adding the rest of this series and maybe some of the other series they have written. Thanks to the Sensational book club on Facebook for drawing my attention to this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    The blurb pretty much says it all. Avery Black is a homicide detective trying to make it in a very hostile environment. None of her colleagues want to work with her and they quite blatantly treat her with disdain. In her former life as a defense attorney, she was responsible for getting a serial killer acquitted, only to have him kill again right away. The man then turned himself in, covered in his victim's blood, while shouting to the world he did it as a favor to Avery. Knowing she was respons The blurb pretty much says it all. Avery Black is a homicide detective trying to make it in a very hostile environment. None of her colleagues want to work with her and they quite blatantly treat her with disdain. In her former life as a defense attorney, she was responsible for getting a serial killer acquitted, only to have him kill again right away. The man then turned himself in, covered in his victim's blood, while shouting to the world he did it as a favor to Avery. Knowing she was responsible for a woman's death caused Avery to quit her job, give up her lavish lifestyle, and join the police force. Doing so wouldn't bring the dead woman back but at least she could do her best to see something like this never happened again. It was her way of redeeming herself so to speak. When a series of murders takes place Avery is given the assignment of tracking the killer down. She has a brilliant record when it comes to solving difficult cases so it's a no brainer for her superior to want her to handle things. Given the nature of the crimes, he wants his best detective taking the lead. He also assigns Daniel Ramirez to work with her. At first, things are pretty awkward between them. Avery's new partner makes no attempt to hide his feelings towards her. However, given her skills, it isn't long before he's changing his tune. He finds himself actually admiring her work, rather in awe as she manages to get them their first big break in the case. I really liked the characters in this one and couldn't help but feel bad for Avery. She really had turned her life around. Unfortunately, her colleagues only saw what they wanted to see - the woman responsible for setting a guilty man free. A man who'd already taken several lives. A man she put back on the street only to have him repeat his heinous acts. This case went a long way toward changing things for her even though she knew some people would never accept the fact she was different. It took a lot of guts on her part to stay amidst all the criticism and tough treatment by her fellow officers. She had to quickly develop a thick skin when they were around. She was also trying to mend fences with her daughter, Rose. Avery was well aware of the fact she hadn't been a good mother to her only child. She'd thrown herself into her work while her marriage, and Rose, got left behind. Rose currently wants little to do with Avery. She's grown up and is finding it difficult to get past the fact Avery was never there for her. Its Avery's tenacity and bulldog determination that will finally earn her a chance at having a real relationship with Rose. This was a very good thriller with a really creepy killer. The story kept me eagerly turning the pages to see what happened next. Look forward to continuing the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Krishnan

    Interesting thriller. Avery Black was a defence attorney who quit her work after one of her client went into a murderous rampage after being released from prison; just to prove that he could kill. Now Avery Black is a cop and part of a homicide group. She is on the hunt of a killer and the story of the mystery and the hunt was very interesting with enough twists and turns till the very end.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 4.5 star read. Impressive serial killer thriller.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rishika S.

    The basic story line of Cause to Kill has the potential to be an extremely good book. Its execution, however, does not let that happen. Its potential was wasted by problems such as bad characterization, weak connections between events, and an average writing style. The story's main protagonist, Avery Black, was quite annoying as a character. Her need for redemption for definitely stressed upon, but she did little to actually make it reality. She was as arrogant as she was earlier, while constantl The basic story line of Cause to Kill has the potential to be an extremely good book. Its execution, however, does not let that happen. Its potential was wasted by problems such as bad characterization, weak connections between events, and an average writing style. The story's main protagonist, Avery Black, was quite annoying as a character. Her need for redemption for definitely stressed upon, but she did little to actually make it reality. She was as arrogant as she was earlier, while constantly reiterating that she was no longer the same person. For someone who was supposed to be brilliant, she made very stupid choices in spite of being aware of the repercussions, and then blamed life for being unfair. Not exactly the best behavior for someone whose main goal was to begin taking responsibility for her actions and decisions. Then there was the way she kept switching from serious to flirty to friendly to God-knows-what - you just could not get an idea of what she really was as a person. So associating with her was very difficult. Another annoying aspect was that Pierce seemed very keen on labeling her antagonist as a serial killer. And she went on to do so before the appearance of a second body and while the first case was still being worked upon as a personal crime. Serial killer based crime thrillers definitely have a following - but Cause to Kill did not unfold like one, it was just assumed to be one from the get-go, which gave the entire investigation a muddled-up feel. The story also seemed choppy. Some aspects could really have been elaborated upon to give it that well-rounded feel, but they were left short. As a result, the story felt like it was trying too hard on the unexpected twists, which ended up being abrupt, often pointless, and forced. Finally, the killer's motive and psychology were also not explored to their full potential. It began really well, with great promise, but wasn't really delved into or even bothered with, which left you with that uncomfortable this-story-didn't-end-in-a-neat-little-bow feeling. And it also just took away all the impact with which the killer's story had begun. What Cause to Kill did have going for it was the relatively fast pace and storyline which, at the very crux of it, was decently intriguing. That's why I would recommend it to: - people looking for a quick crime thriller junk read - hardcore crime thriller fans After the slight disappointment that this book was, I would not bother with the rest of the Avery Black series by Pierce. But, I had definitely enjoyed Once Gone more than I did Cause to Kill (you can check out my review for that book over here), so I may read some of her other series if I need a short and fast crime thriller fix.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,5 stars Free kindle e-book. It is possible it contains spoilers. - The van pulled away and as Cindy's mind faded into darkness, her final thought was of her future, her bright, unbelivable future that had suddenly, horribly been snatched away- Avery Black works for the Boston police department. Before she become a police officer she was a defence lawyer. - We've got a dead girl placed on a bench in Ledermann Park, by the river. - - He had obviously spent a lot of time and planning to ensure she lo 4,5 stars Free kindle e-book. It is possible it contains spoilers. - The van pulled away and as Cindy's mind faded into darkness, her final thought was of her future, her bright, unbelivable future that had suddenly, horribly been snatched away- Avery Black works for the Boston police department. Before she become a police officer she was a defence lawyer. - We've got a dead girl placed on a bench in Ledermann Park, by the river. - - He had obviously spent a lot of time and planning to ensure she looked perfect. - - He had obvously spent a lot of time and planning to ensure she looked perfect. - Dylan Connelly, Avery's direct supervisor, they do not get allong straight away, but later do they get allong? Both their lives are a mess and they work and drink to forget. The caracters are well placed in the storyline. This book builts up the understanding of the laiding headcaracters. I like that a lot. - A picture of him had begun to form in her mind: queit, lonely, desperate for attention. A specialist with herbs and corpses. She ruled out an alcoholic or drug addict. He was too careful. - Ramirez is her perfect looking partner. Father and grandfather also are cops. Avery makes an assesment her partner does not see..... - and for the first time in a long time, Avery was able to mentally relax around a bunch of cops and try to focus. - The Author pictures out what goes on in the mind of the killer. - Stars were barely visible in the dark sky. He spotted one, then two and he wondered if the All Spirit lived in those stars, or if he was the sky itself, the universe. As if in answer, he was the image of the All Spirit, a darker shadow among the sky that seemd to encompass the entire sky - - She even imaigined she heard his voice: "You can come to me, Avery. I won't bite. Ask me your questions. Let me help you. I've always wanted to help. - Finley replaces Ramirez as part of the team of investigators. Avery is doing all she can to take this serial killer of the streets untill now he still is one step ahead of her. Avery trys to reconect with her daughter but fails. And here boss sets her on hold so she wents back to the murderer who costed her all as a defence lawyer and who played her before. Aldo she's off the case she wants to act. Still the ending of this book was a surprise to me up until the last pages of this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. Even though Avery Black upset me several times over her stupid AF decisions, I didn't hate her. She was very human and very much paying the price for being selfish. There were a few grammatical mistakes but I gave it a pass as it's an e book. I'm very much looking forward to the next book

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Mccorry

    I’m still not sure what I think of this book. On one hand, it gripped me from the start. I didn’t want to put it down, it was interesting and I thought it was going to be really good. I was disappointed. I like murder mysteries where you have a chance of working out who the murderer is. This was not such a book. When the ending of the book came, it just came. Nothing special and it was over very quickly. I almost felt ripped off. Thankfully the book wasn’t a very long one. I would have been even mo I’m still not sure what I think of this book. On one hand, it gripped me from the start. I didn’t want to put it down, it was interesting and I thought it was going to be really good. I was disappointed. I like murder mysteries where you have a chance of working out who the murderer is. This was not such a book. When the ending of the book came, it just came. Nothing special and it was over very quickly. I almost felt ripped off. Thankfully the book wasn’t a very long one. I would have been even more disappointed to have spent ages reading a book only to find out that the ending didn’t live up to what I was hoping it would. There were grammatical errors in the book. Not a lot but enough to make me notice and to annoy me. Parts of the book resembled ... way too closely ... a very well known and brilliant novel. I didn’t hate this book. It did keep me engrossed. I actually enjoyed it, until I got to the end. Then I just felt empty. There are more books in this series and I was excited about that until I finished this one. Now I’m not sure if I will be giving the next book in the series a go or if I will just end with the first one. If, unlike me, you don’t mind the fact that it’s not a book you can figure out, then you may well enjoy it a lot more than I did. However, if you like a challenge then I wouldn’t recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carsten Hansen

    This is the first book in the series about Avery Black, lawyer-turned-cop. This book really started to annoy me early on. The main character, Avery, having just joined homicide, makes a lot of really bizarre decisions to get her at odds with her colleagues and bosses. But on top of that, she reaches conclusion in her investigation that just leaps without any kind of foundation. Additionally, her fellow cops are described as almost caricatures of police officers, brawny, loud, almost as if unable This is the first book in the series about Avery Black, lawyer-turned-cop. This book really started to annoy me early on. The main character, Avery, having just joined homicide, makes a lot of really bizarre decisions to get her at odds with her colleagues and bosses. But on top of that, she reaches conclusion in her investigation that just leaps without any kind of foundation. Additionally, her fellow cops are described as almost caricatures of police officers, brawny, loud, almost as if unable to show normal human emotions. The conclusion of the book was somewhat satisfying, though not without some of the problems described above. Finally, the audio performance left something to be desired, I personally felt the choice of narrator was wrong, one with English accent was used for a story taking place in Boston...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charley Girl

    Pretty good start. Avery Black is a downtrodden woman. She divorced her husband, isn't into motherhood, doesn't have any friends, lost her high-powered job as a lawyer and now if a detective. Wait, everyone at the police station hates her too. She cannot catch a break, well, except being tall, blonde, beautiful and smart as hell! She does have that going for her and it is the only thing that saves through this quite interesting mystery. I'll give the next one a read too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bagman

    Two and a half to three stars for those that enjoy a decent (not great) detective novel. This is a quick read. No deep story line with obscure clues, or complicated characters. This is more of a Wham, Bam, Gotcha Sam. I'm often confused about the difference (or similarity) between a mystery, thriller, or suspense novel. I'm thinking that this book falls neatly in the mystery category since the protagonist, Avery, is a detective tracking down a serial killer from the outset. Not a great deal of s Two and a half to three stars for those that enjoy a decent (not great) detective novel. This is a quick read. No deep story line with obscure clues, or complicated characters. This is more of a Wham, Bam, Gotcha Sam. I'm often confused about the difference (or similarity) between a mystery, thriller, or suspense novel. I'm thinking that this book falls neatly in the mystery category since the protagonist, Avery, is a detective tracking down a serial killer from the outset. Not a great deal of suspense, nor was it particularly thrilling. Here's the real trouble. If you've read Silence of the Lambs, you've already read this book. The similarities are hard to miss: a female detective with limited experience, and no experience with serial killers; a convicted serial killer, in prison, providing her with insights into the mind of the killer; a bizarre murder's house complete with pets, exotic plants and secret rooms. Again, the similarities, whether accidental or intentional, are striking. If I were Thomas Harris, I might be saying, "Hey, wait one minute here. . . " Anyway, it's short, quick, easy to read. You're not going to be highlighting a lot of sentences, or paragraphs for their outstanding literary quality. But, you won't be yelling obscenities at the publisher when you finish the last paragraph either.

  14. 5 out of 5

    z. imama

    The protagonist feels much like the Taylor Swift of detective investigator. Oh the drama. Eeeeeeeeeeeveryone hates her. Her bosses. Her colleagues. Her families. Her neighbors. EVERYONE. Even she gets tailed by paparazzi spreading gossips and nasty rumors and candid pictures when she's just a former disgraced attorney turned cop.. I just don't buy it.. like, really? This is what Western people do? Is this what British people do? If it is, then.. are you guys OK? Like, do you set your priorities The protagonist feels much like the Taylor Swift of detective investigator. Oh the drama. Eeeeeeeeeeeveryone hates her. Her bosses. Her colleagues. Her families. Her neighbors. EVERYONE. Even she gets tailed by paparazzi spreading gossips and nasty rumors and candid pictures when she's just a former disgraced attorney turned cop.. I just don't buy it.. like, really? This is what Western people do? Is this what British people do? If it is, then.. are you guys OK? Like, do you set your priorities right? Way too much hate and fucks are thrown at her that she basically has nobody professional enough to respect her at work without spitting insults or conducting nasty behavior. No one behaves like a civilized adult in getting along professionally here. But at the same time, no matter how 'miserable' her life has become, I really cannot sympathize with Avery Black because she's either having a shitty anger/mood management or wallowing in a self-pity party. Kinda wanted to give the book one more star because the sentences are quite easy to follow, but then... NAH.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ivy - Hearts Books.

    After reading Once Gone by the same author, Cause to Kill deserves 5 stars! Imagine your whole life imploded and I do mean your entire life. Instead of finding a quiet country house and living off the land you decide to do the complete opposite - change your career and join those who loathe you for having successfuly dismantled their cases for a living. The author managed to make Avery's character authentic although danced on the fine line multiple times. I actually liked Avery albeit her death After reading Once Gone by the same author, Cause to Kill deserves 5 stars! Imagine your whole life imploded and I do mean your entire life. Instead of finding a quiet country house and living off the land you decide to do the complete opposite - change your career and join those who loathe you for having successfuly dismantled their cases for a living. The author managed to make Avery's character authentic although danced on the fine line multiple times. I actually liked Avery albeit her death wish. She is a strong woman who decides to be very brave after a hard fall. It was worth reading and getting to know in the end how Pierce brought it all together. Quick question, do all Pierce's books feature women getting killed and women with a death wish trying to get justice for them? (What happened to gender equality in literature? lol!)

  16. 5 out of 5

    shannon

    Amazing!! Low Blake pierce has to be my favourite author love all the series

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Why must every female cop character be reckless and do stupid stuff like not follow protocol? It gets kind of annoying. Anyway, it took me a while to finish this book, not because I didn’t enjoy it but I just found myself in a bit of a reading slump for a few weeks. I did enjoy this book. I really enjoy the way Blake Pierce writes. Does anyone else find it odd that a man writes so many books that have strong female protagonists? I like Avery Black and I’m looking forward to reading the next in t Why must every female cop character be reckless and do stupid stuff like not follow protocol? It gets kind of annoying. Anyway, it took me a while to finish this book, not because I didn’t enjoy it but I just found myself in a bit of a reading slump for a few weeks. I did enjoy this book. I really enjoy the way Blake Pierce writes. Does anyone else find it odd that a man writes so many books that have strong female protagonists? I like Avery Black and I’m looking forward to reading the next in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I had a hard time with this one, took me almost 4 days to read it and usually a book this size less than a day. I just didn't like Avery, or how the police dept was ran. The case was interesting but the characters I did not like. I will probably continue the series because I did start to like her at the very end. :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Royalty

    Was good ...will check out the second one...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nicci

    Great read, having read the Riley Paige series by Blake Pierce I love this one too. Couldn't put it down and finished it in days.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jane

    Loved this book fast read liked the fact that Avery had a back ground as well it was neatly put into the story and looking forward to the next book In the series

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shari Shepard

    Good Book & Quick Read This was my 1st book from Blake Pierce & I enjoyed it. The story pulled me in right from the begining, but it was not an I-can't-put-it-down book. The main character, Avery Black, is a likeable detective, looking for redemption after falling from grace as a lawyer. None of her co-workers understand her, therefore don't like her. I found most of the smaller characters boring & appeared to be somewhat of a cliche, but that didn't detract from the story. I like Blake's style o Good Book & Quick Read This was my 1st book from Blake Pierce & I enjoyed it. The story pulled me in right from the begining, but it was not an I-can't-put-it-down book. The main character, Avery Black, is a likeable detective, looking for redemption after falling from grace as a lawyer. None of her co-workers understand her, therefore don't like her. I found most of the smaller characters boring & appeared to be somewhat of a cliche, but that didn't detract from the story. I like Blake's style of writing, though there weren't any twists & turns. This is a mystery, police procedural or drama book, but definitely not suspense or psychological thriller. I will definitely be reading more books in this series, as well as other books from Blake Pierce. There could have been more in depth characterization, but all in all it was a good read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Austin-Robillard

    I liked the series and the characters but there were quite a few spelling errors which was distracting. I hope her other books aren’t like that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    3.5 - So i got this audiobook for free on google play, and like many free books, especially audiobooks i was, unsure to put it nicely, and this wasn't the best book ive read this week but it also wasnt bad or boring. I finished this book two days ago and tho in all fairness ive finshed a few boos since then, it's not very memorable (which could be good or bad depending on how you look at it?) Giving it 4 stars bc i would read more from this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meka James

    First book of the year done. While I enjoyed Cause To Kill, I wasn’t overly wowed by it. Because I am trying books out of my preferred genre, I went into reading this with an open mind. On top of that, I like suspense/thrillers so it wasn’t a stretch for me to enjoy this book. My issue was the main character, Avery. I didn’t like her. Not even a little. I was happy to see a strong female lead as the main character for this series, but she just didn’t do it for me. I get because of her history, sh First book of the year done. While I enjoyed Cause To Kill, I wasn’t overly wowed by it. Because I am trying books out of my preferred genre, I went into reading this with an open mind. On top of that, I like suspense/thrillers so it wasn’t a stretch for me to enjoy this book. My issue was the main character, Avery. I didn’t like her. Not even a little. I was happy to see a strong female lead as the main character for this series, but she just didn’t do it for me. I get because of her history, she had something to prove, but the huge chip she had on her shoulder made it hard to really empathize with. Her every interaction with the other characters was the same. She judged, looked down her nose at, and generally seemed to go out of her way to piss people off. And I don’t understand how she made it to detective with how she did police work. She had zero regard for procedure, or authority and just basically did what she wanted when she wanted because she was on to something. She was too robotic, uncaring, and full of herself. After what happened while she was a lawyer, I’d think she’d be a little more humble, but nope, not even a little bit. One scene in particular that ticked me off was her going to parent’s house of the last victim. There was no reason for that, I don’t care what she said to herself to justify why she was ‘asking permission’ I just thought it was beyond tactless. After that I was over her and all her other antics. On the upside, the plot was good. That kept me interested in wanting to know what came next. I liked the mystery of hunt in tracking down the serial killer. I like crime dramas and getting into the head of the villain. Learning their thoughts and motivations has an appeal so I was happy to see why the killer did what he did for the little time we were allowed in his head. I enjoyed the time spent with him more than the time with Avery and wished there was more. I would have enjoyed learning all of his motivations through him directly instead of being told why through the police. I’m not sure if I’ll read more of this series. Avery just grates on my nerves too much and the other characters in the book weren’t memorable enough for me to read to see how they fair in the remaining books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I am a huge fan of Blake Pierce and have devoured her other reads quickly - quite frankly, I think she can do no wrong! However, this was not a huge win for me. Avery Black is my least favorite of Pierce's strong female characters, and this novel fell a little flat for me. I didn't find Avery and all her flaws particularly likeable - she is a former defense attorney-turned-cop who is trying to make a name for herself in the homicide department while living with the fact that she got one of Bosto I am a huge fan of Blake Pierce and have devoured her other reads quickly - quite frankly, I think she can do no wrong! However, this was not a huge win for me. Avery Black is my least favorite of Pierce's strong female characters, and this novel fell a little flat for me. I didn't find Avery and all her flaws particularly likeable - she is a former defense attorney-turned-cop who is trying to make a name for herself in the homicide department while living with the fact that she got one of Boston's most prolific serial killers off, just so he could kill again. A new serial killer is tormenting Boston, and Avery is on the case. This time, the killer is draining the bodies and positioning them in life-like, odd positions and poses throughout the city. A number of leads turn out to be nothing until Avery, against her captain's orders, may have cracked the case. [I think another issue for me was that the Kindle version of this story is very poorly edited, so I found myself re-reading sentences to make sense of things.]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyx

    Overall I enjoyed this book, but I have a few issues with it. First, there are several grammatical errors throughout the book; too many for me to easily ignore. Second, there are a few POV jumps that do not make sense (such as when Avery calls someone what that person is doing and wearing is described even though Avery would have no way of knowing that information). Third, there's too much telling. Finally, all of the characters seems mildly bipolar. It's hard to discern what each character's pe Overall I enjoyed this book, but I have a few issues with it. First, there are several grammatical errors throughout the book; too many for me to easily ignore. Second, there are a few POV jumps that do not make sense (such as when Avery calls someone what that person is doing and wearing is described even though Avery would have no way of knowing that information). Third, there's too much telling. Finally, all of the characters seems mildly bipolar. It's hard to discern what each character's personality is because they are running from one end of the spectrum to the other end every time they make an apperance., even Avery is like this for most of the story. But, overall, if I don't let the above items irritate me too much, the story was enjoyable. The serial killer was interesting and the story kept driving itself forward. I think with a bit more editing this story could have been truly fantastic.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    If you’ve read many of Blake Pierce books, you’ll know what I mean when I say, “Typical” Blake Pierce story. Serial killer, a female cop with issues, leads that seem to come from nowhere, yet, somehow she pieces it all together and confronts the killer ALONE. Barely escaping with her life, thanks to someone who shows up just in the nick of time. Since I’ve already downloaded the next in the Avery Black series, I’ll read it; but, I’m not wasting much of my time with her. And, for what it’s worth, If you’ve read many of Blake Pierce books, you’ll know what I mean when I say, “Typical” Blake Pierce story. Serial killer, a female cop with issues, leads that seem to come from nowhere, yet, somehow she pieces it all together and confronts the killer ALONE. Barely escaping with her life, thanks to someone who shows up just in the nick of time. Since I’ve already downloaded the next in the Avery Black series, I’ll read it; but, I’m not wasting much of my time with her. And, for what it’s worth, I’m through with Blake pierce too. I’ve read some of every series he’s written except the new one just released. He’s a smart man. He’s learned how to make a living by taking one basic story outline, inserting different character names & different locations, a slight difference in the “flaw” of the lead character & selling them as a “new” book. Good for him; but, I’m sure there must be authors out there with a little more imagination. I think I’ll spend some time looking for them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I wanted to know how it ended, so I kept reading. It would make an okay episode of a show like Law and Order or something like that. Overall, though, I didn’t find it very original. Aside from Avery, all the characters were so flat. It seemed very heavy-handed with what a pariah she was on the police force. There were some parts that seemed way too ridiculous—while looking for a serial killer, Avery has a suspect who is a registered sex-offender, and she finds all this kiddie porn on his work co I wanted to know how it ended, so I kept reading. It would make an okay episode of a show like Law and Order or something like that. Overall, though, I didn’t find it very original. Aside from Avery, all the characters were so flat. It seemed very heavy-handed with what a pariah she was on the police force. There were some parts that seemed way too ridiculous—while looking for a serial killer, Avery has a suspect who is a registered sex-offender, and she finds all this kiddie porn on his work computer; instead of arresting him, or taking him in for questioning, she decides he couldn’t possibly be the killer, gets told off by his boss, gets in trouble with her boss, and feels bad about bothering this guy. Really??? This author also really needs a better editor. His extreme overuse of passive voice was excruciating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    I LOVED this book. The introduction of Avery Black is a breath of fresh air. She's an enigma of a person; on one hand she's hated by everyone who thinks they know her (including her daughter). But on the other, a select few look beyond the stories in the newspapers & her past life choices & work to raise her to show her in the light of truth. But "Cause to Kill" is also a great story. A serial killer is stalking the female college students of Boston & Black hopes that finding the killer will bri I LOVED this book. The introduction of Avery Black is a breath of fresh air. She's an enigma of a person; on one hand she's hated by everyone who thinks they know her (including her daughter). But on the other, a select few look beyond the stories in the newspapers & her past life choices & work to raise her to show her in the light of truth. But "Cause to Kill" is also a great story. A serial killer is stalking the female college students of Boston & Black hopes that finding the killer will bring her the redemption she so desperately desires. The road Blake Pierce lays out for Avery is not a straight clear path & it doesn't end when the book ends. Knowing this, I'm excited to start "Cause to Run".

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