on July 25th 2017
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For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
The Hunting Grounds, book #2 in the Hidden Sins series by Katee Robert, is a fast-paced murder mystery with a romantic twist. With the beautiful Glacier National Park as the backdrop, we join park rangers and the FBI as they frantically search for a brutal serial killer.
Park Ranger Maggie Gaines joined the staff of Glacier National Park after a brief stint with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) didn’t work out. After a dead body was found in the park, however, Maggie found her past coming back to haunt her when the BAU was called in to help.
BAU Agent Vic Sutherland has been investigating two similar murders in other national parks. He is positive that they are dealing with a serial killer when they get the call from Glacier. He is especially intrigued with this case when he discovers that he will be working with Maggie. She had been his partner during her short time at the BAU and there had been definite sparks between them.
As the grueling investigation begins, it is interesting to follow the rangers and Agents as they work their way through the park. It becomes an education for the reader in everything from back country survival skills to what to do if approached by a grizzly bear. In addition to searching for the killer, they are also trying to find a hiking party that has become lost on the trails. Their rescue efforts become a park geography lesson.
The characters in THE HUNTING GROUNDS are all very strong and believable in their different roles. Maggie, especially, is easy to like as she comes across very confident in her role as a park ranger but shows her vulnerable side when she is acting as an BAU agent. Her memories of her melt-down after a case still haunt her after several years, but she doesn’t want to be viewed as incompetent. Vic is solid. Just what you would expect from an FBI agent.
To me, some of the most interesting characters were the members of the lost hiking party. They were a group of high school friends that had hiked together five years ago. They ended that adventure with some hard feelings and many secrets, so there were many questions to be answered as the group met again for their reunion hike.
The plot is very complex and well written. The mystery plays out in a very believable fashion, and there are enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Overall, the book is very intense but the budding romance between Maggie and Vic does bring a little light-heartedness into the action. The romance, however, is definitely a secondary plot and wasn’t as well developed as the mystery angle.
I have not read the first book in the series but this book was complete as a standalone novel. I have no idea where the next book will be taking us, but I can’t wait to find out.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.