Face of Death (A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 1)

Face of Death (A Zoe Prime Mystery—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

“A MASTERPIECE OF THRILLER AND MYSTERY. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” 
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone) 

FACE OF DEATH is book #1 in a new FBI thriller series by USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose #1 bestseller Once Gone (Book #1) (a free download) has received over 1,000 five star reviews. 

FBI Special Agent Zoe Prime suffers from a rare condition which also gives her a unique talent—she views the world through a lens of numbers. The numbers torment her, make her unable to relate to people, and give her a failed romantic life—yet they also allow her to see patterns that no other FBI agent can see. Zoe keeps her condition a secret, ashamed, in fear her colleagues may find out.

Yet when a serial killer strikes across the Midwest, strangling women in remote places and seemingly at random, Zoe, for the first time, is stumped. Is there a pattern? Can there be no pattern at all? 

Or is this killer as obsessed with numbers as she is?

In a mad race against time, Zoe must enter the diabolical mind of a killer who always seems to be one step ahead of her, and stop him from claiming his next victim before it’s too late. At the same time, she must keep at bay her own demons, which may ultimately prove to be even more threatening.

An action-packed thriller with heart-pounding suspense, FACE OF DEATH is book #1 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Books #2 and #3 in the series—FACE OF MURDER and FACE OF FEAR—are also available!

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- A Keeper5 star

Couldn’t put it down!!

- Face of Death5 star

Zoe, an FBI Agent, has special case solving perceptions and has been thru many agency partners, until teamed up with Shelly to catch a serial killer. Fast paced and thrilling read, but will Shelly believe in Zoe’s special skills and help solve the case and remain her partner, while keeping her secret?

- Face of Death5 star

Absolutely loved this book really kept me on my toes. Cannot wait to get back into these mysteries Please continue with Zoe Prime love your twists and turns Blake really keeps your reader engaged

- Face of Death- Zoe Prime- Book 15 star

Zoe Prime (FBI Agent) and her partner Shelley (Who know’s Zoe’s gift of seeing Patterns and numbers) get a serial killer that was killing people to create and finish a pattern. The serial killer was obsessed with patterns. At the end, the serial killer dies. Zoe Prime shoots him. Excellent and Suspenseful book. Definitely a must read.. Looking forward to reading book 2!

- Would give it 10 stars if I could5 star

Fascinating look at folks with mental processes different from the norm.

- So good4 star

I suggest to anyone

- Face of Death4 star

Very good book. Got tied down to much with Zoe’s struggles. That took away from the story. Otherwise good book.

- Face of Death5 star

I really enjoyed this book. You never disappoint. Keep me intrigued till the end. I love reading your book! Thanks!

- Face of Death5 star

The most interesting book that I have read in a long time

- Face of Death5 star

A great read.

- Excellent descriptive title5 star

A very well written story with every turn of the page building to a final climax that eludes you at first. I cannot wait to begin Book 2👍👍.

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- Interesting and refreshing5 star

Cool premise and it was very nice to read a mystery that had less angst.

- Interesting Introduction to New Series...4 star

The first book in the series introduces the reader to Zoe Prime, a semi-experienced FBI Agent who has a condition where she cannot interpret basic social cues. Yet she has the ability to easily perform extraordinary mathematical equations and use them to visualize what others cannot and solve crimes. This has led to feelings of alienation. Zoe was raised by a very religious Mother who made her feel her unique gift was more of a curse. She has lost many partners because they did not understand her behavior. She pretends to be “normal,” yet is never quite able to fully pull it off. She has hope that her new Partner will be more accepting and allows herself to open up and disclose her condition. Even as Zoe recognizes similarities between herself and the killer it is a race against time to find his motivation and stop him from taking additional lives.

- Good book5 star

This book grabbed my interest from the beginning and kept it throughout. I found the book hard to put down. The storyline is well written and I enjoyed Zoe. I would recommend reading this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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I loved it. Unique characters and great plot. Great read.

- Nope didn't like it!2 star

Another FBI agent story! Didn't take to the main character like his other books but this series is lacking, don't even finish reading the first one

- A different approach5 star

Loved it, nice to have a quirky detective rather than the usual good looking one, different story line too

- Thrilling5 star

FBI Zoe Prime is unique and has an ability of seeing mathematical patterns everywhere she looks. Zoe has her own fears and anxieties and vows to keep them a secret from others. Her fears and anxieties stems from her childhood which is slowly revealed to readers. A great page turning book.

- Different from what I normally read-would highly recommend.5 star

If you like crime, you’ll like this. Unusual.Mavisromania

- Wow, hooked from the first page!!!5 star

Once again, an absolutely enthralling story. Wonderful characters and gripping storyline. This book grabs your attention from the first page and I found myself reading through until the early hours of the morning. I highly recommend this book and in fact all books written by this author to any lover of crime and thriller novels. In fact, I already have to all my friends and family. I’m so excited to read the next book.

- A Special Ability for an FBI Agent Tracking a Serial Killer5 star

This is book one of the Zoe Prime Mystery series and follows FBI Special Agent Zoe as she uses her special sense to help solve cases. She suffers from an unusual type of synaesthesia that allows her to view crime scene clues as numbers and patterns floating across her mind’s eye and allows her brain to interpret all these clues and get evidence from this that no-one else can visualise. This special way of viewing the world meant Zoe had a very hard and trying childhood, with a mother who treated her view of the world as evil and demonised her. She was left lacking in interactions with other children and unable to form normal friendships and relationships. This has led to her having problems keeping partners at work and comments about her blank look and lack of emotions. She now has a new partner called Shelley, who whilst younger and less experienced than Zoe, is already well thought of and advancing rapidly. Their first case together is an escaped prisoner, on the run and killing people in his path. They reached the latest location shortly after the crime occurred and Zoe can immediately see the path the prisoner took and where he would likely be going and they could find him. They solve this case quickly and are soon put onto another. Zoe can’t manage small talk with others and there is a cringe-worthy date placed in front of readers, where Zoe realises all of her mistakes afterwards, in her complete lack of interaction with her date, but still can’t put much of it into practice. Her new partner is also in this awkward position and has to try and find out how to best work with Zoe and to get some back and forth flow of ideas between them. Their next case involves a trail of three dead women so far, found in lonely and out of the way locations, seemingly at random, but killed in the same manner. There is nothing linking the victims, no reason they were selected by the killer and this is not going to be quite as simple to solve as their last case. Zoe can see no pattern and it appears the attacks are completely random, maybe this is the pattern – no pattern! He has cleaned the scenes after himself and practically no clues are left behind for the agents to pursue. Zoe may well have met her match and found a killer more obsessed with numbers and patterns than she is. Zoe refuses to let her fellow agents know about her strange ability, but also refuses to seek any help from the psychiatrist her former mentor suggested for her. She has a lot of dark secrets from her past that still affect her and have led her to keep her ability secret, even from her fellow agents and partners. They are in a race against time to try and stop him before he kills another victim. They know where they think he is heading, but only have a vague idea of his height, weight and build. Zoe has to fight her own demons from her past and also this killer with possibly a similar affliction. Whether she can succeed on both fronts is yet to be seen and if she can manage to keep her partner, maybe she is finally evolving in her relations with others and the showing of emotion. A fascinating subject to use as a tool for the main character and makes for a very different view of crime scenes. A great and easy read and an enjoyable thriller. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I received an ARC copy of this book from BookSprout and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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