Jeopardy Surface by Sheri Leigh Horn

About the book:


It’s the witching hour and Special Agent Regan Ross is having a WTF kind of night. Morning? How the hell did she get from her bed to her front yard? And why is she holding a loaded firearm? Sleepwalking doesn’t bode well for the rising star in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, but whatever is causing her recent weight loss and bizarre nocturnal activities will have to wait. The phone is ringing. It’s probably her sister Erin, the surgeon who knows best, demanding to know her plans for the holidays. Why would this year be any different? They’ll spend the somber anniversary and Christmas like always—drinking too much, watching Turner Classic Movies, and not talking about their dead parents. Caller ID provides yet another surprise.

Hearing Special Agent Robert Haskins’ voice for the first time in six months has Regan reeling. The mention of Maryland’s Eastern Shore conjures images of Jennifer Abbott, the student-athlete whose disappearance from a small campus is national news. There are complications. For starters, her areas of expertise—geographic profiling and predictive analysis—require a lot of information from a series of crimes. Single murders typically aren’t her purview and involving herself in an investigation to which she has not been officially assigned would cause her supervisor’s head to spin off. She should say no, but there’s too much residual guilt where Rob Haskins is concerned.

Regan Ross knows bad, and this one is BAD. The killer has left the mutilated body and a cache of troubling clues at a remote farm and posted the coordinates of the cache on a popular geocaching website. Is he taunting investigators? Expediting the discovery of his work? Both? The calculated modus operandi and uniquely sadistic signatures are not the work of a novice, and Regan is sure of one thing: he will kill again.

When visiting forensic psychologist Dr. Sheridan Rourke present a lecture at Quantico featuring closed cases from Northern Ireland, Regan makes a shocking connection between an older series of murders and the Maryland case. Despite the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s insistence to the contrary, Regan and Rourke are convinced the killer of five women in Belfast two years ago is hunting women on the Chesapeake Bay. As the two become unlikely partners, Regan learns the psychologist’s past may be as haunted as her own.

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Jeopardy Surface by Sheri Leigh Horn

About the author:


SHERI LEIGH HORN, a Texas native, spent two decades in the military, instructional design, and private investigation fields before pursuing her true passion: cultivating stories. She lives in Northern Virginia with her sons, Australian Cattle Dogs, and Truman Capote the cat, dreaming of a quiet lakeside writing life.

My thoughts:

By definition, jeopardy surface is geographic profiling. Geographic profiling is an investigative support technique for serial violent crime investigations. The process analyzes locations connected to a series of crimes to determine the most probable area in which the offender lives.

Sheri Leigh Horn’s book follows Reagan Ross, a geographic profiler who is called out to a body discovered in Maryland. By examining statistical locational data along with a geocache found with the body, theoretically it’s a way to narrow down the field in which the suspect operates.

Jeopardy Surface surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked it up, but once I got into the story I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great, human, flawed, honest. The plot was immersive and the murders graphic and gruesome. My kinda read for certain.

Reagan Ross is an interesting character. Sister to Erin, aunt to Lanie, we know she’s had a tough start in life. Emotionally closed off, and very focused on her job, Ross is quite a deep character. I loved her job, the whole idea of geographical profiling and its radical methods of gathering data is a highly unusual and excellent addition to the crime fiction field. It’s not something I’ve ever seen in books, but it definitely got my attention.

The pace of Jeopardy Surface is excellent. Once I was hooked I couldn’t stop turning the pages. There was so much more going on than the murders and it was gripping. I genuinely can’t wait to read more from Sheri Leigh Horn!

Highly recommended!

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