Before He Sees
Book Review, Dark, Series, Suspense, Thriller

Before He Sees (Mackenzie White #2) by Blake Pierce


FBI agent-in-training Mackenzie White struggles to make her mark in the FBI Academy in Quantico, trying to prove herself as a woman and as a transplant from Nebraska. Hoping she has what it takes to become an FBI agent and leave her life in the Midwest behind for good, Mackenzie just wants to keep a low profile and impress her superiors.

But all that changes when the body of a woman is found in a garbage dump. The murder bears shocking similarities to the Scarecrow Killer—the case that made Mackenzie famous in Nebraska—and in the frantic race against time to stop a new serial killer, the FBI decides to break protocol and give Mackenzie a chance on the case.

It is Mackenzie’s big break, her chance to impress the FBI—but the stakes have never been higher. Not everyone wants her on the case, and everything she touches seems to go wrong. As the pressure mounts and the killer strikes again, Mackenzie finds herself as a lone voice in a sea of experienced agents, and she soon realizes she is in way over heard. Her entire future with the FBI is in jeopardy.

As tough and determined as Mackenzie is, as brilliant as she is in hunting down killers, this new case proves an impossible riddle, something just beyond her reach. She may not even have time to crack it as her own life falls apart around her.


This book was recommended to me and I am happy to report that Before He Sees is a gripping and chilling story told by an eager rookie protagonist and a creepy antagonist.

Mackenzie “Mac” is an overzealous and intelligent FBI-agent-in-training who is placed between a rock and a hard place. When she is unofficially pulled from the Academy to partner with a seasoned FBI agent to help with a local serial killer case, Mac’s excitement to solve the case gets her in trouble. With her future threatened she needs to solve the case fast or risk going back to Nebraska as an unappreciated detective.

I feel for Mac and her predicament. She really had no choice in her situation, but she is being punished. Her desire to become a Profiler for the FBI really shows in how she finds clues seasoned agents miss and breaks down the case to find a sadistic killer who is abducting people who are literally coming to him.

I recommend this fast-paced suspense thriller for those who enjoy strong characters and an engrossing and nail-biting plot.  This book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend one start from book 1 to get a full view of Mac’s past. 



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Blake Pierce is the USA Today bestselling author of the RILEY PAGE mystery series, which includes seventeen books. Blake Pierce is also the author of the MACKENZIE WHITE mystery series, comprising fourteen books; of the AVERY BLACK mystery series, comprising six books; of the KERI LOCKE mystery series, comprising five books; of the MAKING OF RILEY PAIGE mystery series, comprising six books; of the KATE WISE mystery series, comprising seven books; of the CHLOE FINE psychological suspense mystery, comprising six books; of the JESSE HUNT psychological suspense thriller series, comprising fifteen books (and counting); of the AU PAIR psychological suspense thriller series, comprising three books; of the ZOE PRIME mystery series, comprising six books; of the ADELE SHARP mystery series, comprising ten books (and counting); of the EUROPEAN VOYAGE cozy mystery series, comprising six books (and counting); of the new LAURA FROST FBI suspense thriller, comprising three books (and counting); of the new ELLA DARK FBI suspense thriller, comprising three books (and counting); and of the new A YEAR IN EUROPE cozy mystery series, comprising three books (and counting).

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