Before He Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1)

Before He Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

From #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce comes a heart-pounding new mystery series.

In the cornfields of Nebraska a woman is found murdered, strung up on a pole, the victim of a deranged killer. It doesn’t take long for the police to realize a serial killer is on the loose—and that his spree has just begun.

Detective Mackenzie White, young, tough, smarter than the aging, chauvinistic men on her local force, finds herself called in grudgingly to help solve it. As much as the other officers hate to admit it, they need her young, brilliant mind, which has already helped crack cold cases that had left them stumped. Yet even for Mackenzie this new case proves an impossible riddle, something the likes of which she—and the local force—have ever seen.

With the FBI called in, together, an intense manhunt ensues. Mackenzie, reeling from her own dark past, her failed relationships, and her undeniable attraction to the new FBI agent, finds herself battling her own demons as her hunt for the killer takes her to the darkest places of her mind. As she delves into the killer’s mind, obsessing over his twisted psychology, she finds that evil truly does exist. She only hopes it will not be too late to extricate herself from it, as her entire life collapses around her.

As more bodies turn up dead and a frantic race against time ensues, there is no way out but to find him before he kills again.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE KILLS marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #2 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series will be available soon. 

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller!

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Before He Kills (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 1) (Blake Pierce) Book Reviews

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- One of the best book5 star

That’s one of the best book I have read. The mystery of the killer, of it all, kept me on my toes. With every chapter, I wanted to know more on what’s next. I can say that I have enjoyed it very much.

- Good4 star

I’m not even done with the book but I like it so far but I don’t know why everyone says there are too many typos

- Worth the time to read3 star

Pretty. Good...glad I read it

- Same old Formula2 star

I read the Chloe Fine Series first because it’s a series and the order doesn’t matter. And after reading the reviews for both series, I’m so surprised no one has said it yet...this is the exact same plot line!! A dead parent. An estranged other parent. A relationship between sisters that’s frayed. A powerful female main character who is distracted by her failing love life. Like omg. I really dislike when authors have a formula they just plug the same info into and recycle throughout their books. Another thing, Chloe walks into a church and is surprised the book the priest is reading is the Bible. What idiot would be surprised to see this? Does she think priests read crime novels? Like cmon. Also, she must be living in a hole to not recognize the letters on the post were bible verses. Like duh. Very unbelievable storyline. If she’s a detective, she should know this stuff whether she’s religious or not. The thing that bothered me the most was the ending. It was super confusing. The killer says multiple times that his victim is naked and then she’s referred to as the victim in a pink bra. Where did her clothes magically appear from? Mackenzie also makes several references to being disrespected as a female cop and low and behold, her fellow male coworkers hold the door open for her. Is she grateful? Not at all. I was so disappointed with this book. I truly enjoyed the Chloe Fine Series but this is a series I will not be finishing.

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- Before He Kills was extremely interesting.5 star

Detective White faced job discrimination and had to fight for her place as well as solve a crime. I read it straight through in 2 hours, needing to know her conclusions on this case. Unfortunately, the cold case was just loose information thrown in there but never connected to the story line. However, the ending was sensational. There is a mistake in the entering the age of her mentor, saying he was a retired policeman who was 70 but looked 80. It notes the things he has done since retirement so his age should have been 80 in order to accomplish all that.

- So many typos, lacking depth1 star

Nearly from the start the lead character was a cliche, tough woman cop trying to prove herself, failed relationships, gets removed from case, goes rogue, finds killer alone but fellow cops come to the rescue. So many typos and continuity errors. The first book in another of his series was nearly identical. Loads of typos. Tough women copy trying to prove herself, failed relationships, gets removed, goes rogue, goes in alone to find the killer, rescued and revered by male partner. Seems like the author has the ability to develop a good story but rushes through the content and story line, leaving a lot of gaps and predictable plot “twists”. Not enough depth to really make you like or care about the characters.

- Poor editing3 star

Just as in his other book series, a Chloe Fine mystery, the author makes many editing errors. It wouldn’t be so hard to look past if it were grammar and punctuation alone but it is not. Characters names are often mixed up which greatly distracts from the story and lessens the overall reading experience.

- Before he kills4 star

This was my first read by this author. The story was good but there were a considerable number of typos. Editing was pretty bad. But I’ll go on to next book in series.

- Awesome5 star

I recommend this book. It’s very entertaining and keeps you on your toes.

- Before he kills4 star

Interesting lead character but too impulsive to be fully believed. Still pretty good story and while the murderer is typical, other characters and situations are quite good

- Loveeee5 star

This was a great book to be free! Definitely makes me want to read more by the author and see what he has to offer! I enjoyed the read!

- Before He Kills5 star

Once I started reading this book I just couldn’t stop. Couldn’t get over what a good profiler she is.Against all odds she figures it out and almost takes him down herself. Can’t wait to read all of the books. To see if they are just as intriguing.

- Before He Kills5 star

Excellently book! I was spell bound as I read the book. The book was very easy to read and follow.

- Good Book and Thriller4 star

Mackenzie is a strong character but has flaws. Those flaws make her relatable. The story is riveting.

- Before he Kills....3 star

Someone didn’t proof read this very well. Otherwise , it was an ok read. I would give it 3 stars.

- Before he Kills5 star

This the first book written by Blake Pierce, WOW, I will be reading THEM ALL. THANK YOU, GREAT READ!

- Before He Kills5 star

While this book was detailed and left me wondering every minute, it did not waste my time. It kept me tied to my seat at what would happen next. Not overly violent or sickening, but crafted and worded just right. A great read anytime.

- Before he kills5 star

Great book. Kept me interested the whole time.

- Page turner4 star

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It had a great story and characters that were realistically believable. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

- Before he Kills5 star

Fast paced, action filled and a great read. Going on to book two in this series.

- Good book, awful spelling and grammar.3 star

The book itself was really good. It was suspenseful and kept my attention. The problems I had with this book were the constant spelling and grammar mistakes. There were also mistakes in the story details. For example, in one part of the book it talks about a completely naked girl. A page or two later she magically has underwear on. Then, a page after that she magically has a bra on. Usually I understand if there are one or two mistakes in a book. Even that seems like laziness, but this book has so many mistakes! I highlighted over ten mistakes in spelling and grammar alone. Before publishing this book, the author and publishers should have fixed these mistakes. This makes me not want to purchase or read anything else coming from this company.

- A book that surprised me5 star

I thought this book would be dull, a waste of time, and probably would never finish. Instead, I found a great story, edge of my seat mystery, great characters and a very good author!

- Mackenzie White #14 star

I enjoyed this tough heroine. The setup of her situation as a new, young detective cleverly detailed the serial killer’s MO—an interesting start to a book that keeps your interest. However, I needed more about the killer’s character and motivation, I wanted the prologue’s victim to be saved or know the resolution for her kids, and I wanted the easy outs to be more believable—the link to the 1987 murder didn’t resolve, the pastor’s sermon was too convenient, Porter tipped off by the FBI agent unnecessary (he should have got there on his own), and the gratuitous dumping of her relationship was unnecessary or not believable. In the future I’d like to see her solve her dad’s murder, stop worrying about how the old guard treats her as a woman, and just get on with kicking butt. She is fun to “watch” as she pieces clues together using her gut instincts. Lastly, I appreciated the nonjudgmental look at the plight of single mothers looking to raise their kids by any means possible. I’d like a happy ending for that 15-year-old orphan.

- Good book5 star


- You mad bro?5 star

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- Before He Kills5 star

Very exciting! Couldn't wait to find time to read.

- Before He Kills4 star

Nice read!!!!

- It’s a book5 star

It’s a book so books are good because it teaches book time

- Amazing and suspenseful5 star

I never knew what Mackenzie was going to do next! The suspense from the case keep me turning the pages til the very end. Finished this book in less than a day! Can’t wait to start the next one!!

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- Tweety Bird5 star

Really enjoyed this book. I could hardly put it down. I liked the way the story had unexpected twist and turn. In my opinion this author makes it a challenge for the reader to project what will happen next.

- Me1 star


- Before he kills4 star

I enjoyed getting to know McKenzie. Glad to see a character with flaws and not loved by everyone.

- Was okay;)4 star

I'm not going to lie, I really didn't like it at first, there was just something about it that rubbed me the wrong way:/ But darn it, it ended with that 'Lindsey Boxer' feel, and now I can't help but wonder about her next chapter in life, go figure heh heh

- Before he kills5 star

The book is interesting. Well written and directed. The only thing I found out was ln the last chapter, the killer had stripped her naked, and when she came into the house, she had underware on. Other than that, I did enjoy it.

- Before he kills5 star

Love this author and her feisty detective. Loved seeing her find her feet. Well written page turner. Read it all in one go when I should have been gardening. No regrets!

- Hang in4 star

This book is a little slow. But it leads you up to a great second book. Good characters.

- Before he kills3 star

Good book

- Before he Kills5 star

Enjoyed it...

- Where is the proof reading?3 star

A good quick read. The disappointment was in the writing errors, lots of mistakes from typos to changes of descriptions across a page. Won’t stop me reading the next one though.

- Before he kills1 star

Lasted til page 126 before I'd had enough of constant reminders of how the poor heroine is being run down by all males in the story. Never valued for her immense talents! The story is more about this than a detective story. Virtually every page has some reference of misogyny of all males in the story Poor hard done by thin skinned heroine boo hoo! More like a misandrist author with a massive chip on the shoulder!

- Fanstastic!5 star

Im not really a keen reader, but needed something to keep me occupied during this lockdown, and I have to say this book had me hooked from the start. 2 5 hour sittings and I was done! Brilliant again from Blake Pierce!!!

- fabulous!!!5 star

I started reading at 11:30pm and have just finished now at 4:00am, i could not go to sleep- i was desperate to know what was happening next! there are so many twists! if you’re looking for a book that you won’t be able to put down and you love horror/crime then this is the book for you!!! maybe now i’ve finished i’ll be able to go to sleep...

- Before he kills4 star

Great read had me interested throughout. Looking for next story in this series straight away.

- Before He Kills5 star

Amazing story, very interesting to read. I couldn’t keep the book down at night as i kept on turning pages! I enjoyed reading it and i am looking forward to reading the next books and see what White has to offer to me as a reader!

- Brilliant Read5 star

This book has you hooked from the very beginning and is not just murder, intrigue and suspense, but a lone struggle of a female police detective proving her worth in a male orientated profession. You can feel the struggle she has with herself and her superiors and thus adds to the intrigue in the way she solves this crime. A gripping read from start to finish.

- Blake pierce5 star

I find all his books such easy reading, am totally hooked. Really enjoy them. They are all quite samey but I find that doesn't matter. I can read up to two of his books a day when I am not at work. Brilliant!!

- Enjoyable5 star

Enjoyed reading this. Was a real page turner. Will read the next one soon.

- Before He Kills5 star

Excellent read which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Cannot wait to read volume two

- This is a really good thriller5 star

I can't believe how good a thriller this is. It slowly reels you in and keeps you engrossed all the way through. Yet another author added to my must read list. Highly recommended must read.

- Brilliant5 star

Couldn't put this book down great for start to finish can't wait to read book 2 in the series

- A good read3 star

This book was good to read. It was exciting in places. Perhaps a little predictable. A few typos too. But overall an interesting read.

- Before He Kills4 star

An excellent read with a very exciting and thrilling story line.Great characters add a lot of weight and reality to the plot.Found it almost impossible to leave down.Thoroughly recommended for both sexes,although involves police force and FBI.Wonderful!!

- Great Read5 star

Recommended, first in the series and will be following

- Amazing!!5 star

A phenomenal piece of work that definitely needs more credit and more publicity. Absolutely would recommend!

- Mesmerising5 star

This is the first book I have read from this author , but it will not be the last . It sent me on a few trips I didn't expect. Very well written ,loved it. Can't wait to read the next one.

- Brilliant5 star

Gripping!! Now on book 3 and already can't wait for book 4 :)

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- Uncreative1 star

This is the second book I've read by this author, the first I read was the first book in her Riley Paige series. Both books are riddled with typos, and have almost exactly the same storyline, just with different names and serial killers. Disappointing. The story is simplistic and unexciting.

- Weak logic1 star

This story has holes in its logic that are so big you could throw a cat through them. For instance, the victim is tied up with her back to a large wooden pole and whipped. So how does she end up with whip marks on her back?

- Before he Kills5 star

Great book. I loved MacKenzie. She was tough and didn't let the men break her down. I couldn't stop reading it. I had to finish it. Thanks Blake. I will read more.

- Novice writer2 star

The plot is interesting. My problem is with character development. The main character is hard to like. She is full of herself and a martyr. At on point in the book she describes herself as being looked down upon by her peers because she is young, smart and attractive. She actually says that! Sub characters aren't fully developed either.

- Spell check??3 star

This book is actually pretty good, the only issue that I have is that there are multiple issues with spelling and grammar mistakes. When I see that in a book, it makes me want to stop reading it all together because the author didn't have the time to re read their book & spell check it.

- Good read4 star

Great storyline, suspense and excitement.

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