Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review - Reckless Creed by Alex Kava @AlexKava_Author @PutnamBooks

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava
Series: Ryder Creed #3
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Date Read:  August 8, 2016
Source: First to Read

In the new edge-of-your-seat thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Alex Kava, Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O’Dell find themselves at the center of a dire and mysterious case.

In Chicago, a young man jumps from his thirtieth-story hotel room; along the Missouri river, a hunter and his son stumble upon a lake whose surface is littered with snow geese, all of them dead; and in southern Alabama, Ryder Creed and his search-and-rescue dog Grace find the body of a young woman who went missing in the Conecuh National Forest...and it appears she filled her pockets with rocks and walked into the river. Before long Ryder Creed and FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell will discover the ominous connection among these mysterious deaths. What they find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known.

My Review

I  really enjoyed reading this book.  The idea behind the story was really pretty scary largely because of how realistic everything felt.  All of the characters that I have grown to love over the past few years played a part in this complex and exciting story.  There was really a lot of action in the story and I had a hard time putting the book down.

The story was very relevant to today's world.  The book starts out with several seemingly unrelated events that may be more than they originally appear to be.  The events take place in several different locations in the United States.  Maggie is called to Chicago to investigate the suspected suicide of a man that appears to have been ill while Ryder and his dogs are searching for a lost girl.  As the book progresses, everything starts to be pulled together until a frightening plot is uncovered.

One of the things that I love about reading a series is the characters and this series has some wonderful characters.  I have read so many books featuring Maggie O'Dell that I feel like I know her.  I am not sure whether I like Maggie or Ryder more but since they are both featured in this series I don't feel like I have to choose.  As an animal lover, I love the whole aspect of Ryder's service dogs.  Each of the dogs used in the book become an important part of the story with the personality of the dog really adding an authentic element.

I loved the way this story was told though multiple points of view.  Each of the points of view added an important element to the story.  I loved how each of the plot threads started out being told from a different perspective.  Each perspective brought the emotions of the individual and really made things feel real.  Figuring out how everything would come together in the end was part of the fun of reading this book.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of mystery.  This is the third book in the Ryder Creed series which picks up after the Maggie O'Dell series.  While I think readers could enjoy this story as a stand alone, I would recommend reading the series in order if at all possible.  I already can't wait to get my hands on the next Alex Kava novel!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from G.P Putnam's Sons via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Alex Kava is the New York Times-bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Breaking Creed and Silent Creed, as well as the internationally bestselling mystery series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. Her novels have been published in more than twenty countries around the world. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. I haven't forgotten about this series. I was just looking at my digital wishlist for the library and the first book still isn't available. I will probably just put it on hold soon and see how many are before me. I'm glad this is a solid sequel. Great review!

    1. I am really liking the Ryder Creed series. The dogs add a lot to the story for me.

  2. I'm excited to read a Kava book. I just got my free one in the mail last week.T Great review and thanks for the author recommendation.

    1. I hope you like her work, Barb! I am glad you got your book in the mail. Thanks!

  3. I haven't read any of her books yet, but you have me curious to snag one.

    1. She writes wonderful mysteries. I have grown to love her characters over the years.

  4. I really must start reading Alex Kava! I'll have to find the first one in the series. This definitely looks like my kind of book!

    1. I hope you get a chance to try her work soon. I stumbled upon her books years ago and look forward to each new one.


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