Excellent to read, found it very hard to put down, just wanted to keep reading. Love the way it is written, everything is so clear you can picture the scenes. Highly recommend to read. Will be keeping eye out for more books by Cat Connor!
FBI Agent Ellie Conway is not only a special forces tough-gun, but a poetry chat room aficionado who soon finds herself pursued by someone calling himself the Son of Shakespeare. As members of the chat room start showing up dead and mangled all around her, Ellie and her comrades (along with her blooming love interest) have to use cyberspace tactics to isolate and identify exactly who SofS is--because the "poetry" he leaves at the scene of each crime lets her know that she could be his next victim. Cat Connor's story is fast-paced, with flowing narrative and well-defined characters who have plenty of wit. A classic 'whodunit' novel, the reader is guessing up until the end about the killer's identity, and Connor does a very good job using her police background to make the story come to life. A wonderful debut from a wonderful author--keep watching for more to come from the talented Ms. Connor.
Killerbyte Killer of a story2010/7/2
With quirky and believable characters, Killerbyte is a crime thriller with a difference that engages the reader. The pace is good and the tension is kept up the whole time. Looking forward to further titles from this author. Terrorbyte
A late night.2010/7/28
When Ellie receives a record twelve death threats in one night she doesn't worry about it, it's par for the course on the emotionally charged poetry chat site she co runs. When someone turns up at her door determined to teach her a lesson she calmly calls the police, has a smoke and settles to wait it out, gun in hand. What Ellie doesn't count on is that being the start of a terrifying ordeal with a body count worthy of Midsomer Murders.
I started this planning on reading a few chapters tonight, but have sat quietly grumbling at any attempts to communicate with me (by my husband or cats) until I finished. Quite a feat given I am reading with the glare of a laptop, not a cozy paperback.
Ellie is an FBI agent who co runs the poetry site with the lovely Mac and somehow the site seems to be at the core of a whole series of grisly deaths all targetted at Ellie. There are lots of lovely red herrings and I spent about half the book murmering "don't let it be X" while trying to figure out who the unsub is. Oh yeah and neat terms like unsub that I had assumed existed only in Criminal Minds. There is also refernce to Mark Harmon from NCIS, this is a girl after my own heart.
The pop culture references are great fun and give a good sense of who Ellie is (I think i'd like her), I placed her age at about 30 and from later comments I feel confident in that, after all to be a huge fan of the A Team and Starsky and Hutch. The chapter titles are also song titles, seeing how many you can place is a good game.
Cat balances out Ellie's basic stubborness and the toughness that goes with her career choice by showing us her vulnerable moments, when she isn't in control and allowing her not to have perfect control of her stomach at a grim crime scene. Yay for gun toting chicks who can laugh in the face of horrific death after wiping puke from their mouth, as opposed to the kind who always hold it in.
Don't start this late at night, you will need to finish it once you start, no way you can sleep without knowing who dunnit.
Brilliant nail biter2012/4/26
Killerbyte is one impact scene after another, dragging the reader deeper and deeper into the carnage of a serial killer with a lot to prove. It's professional & utterly convincing, transporting you into the life of FBI agent Gabrielle Conway. The jargon & procedure is flawless, you are there, you're living her life, caught in a killer's path from page one.
Ellie & her friend Mac, their relationship keeps a smile plastered on your face just as fast as the gore and ungodly surprises wipe it off again. Connor has given you characters to fall in love with, while keeping your stomach firmly tied in a knot of tension and disgust.
The crime scenes are excruciatingly detailed. It's a nail-biter from beginning to end, which threads humour into the worst scenarios yet the mystery, the technology, it's so tightly interwoven they are married in this novel.
It's a testament to technology & how much it can be used to both perpetrate crime, and solve it. It's got lots of killing & one intense bite! Nothing else compares. I promise you, it won't disappoint if you like tension, suspense, action, mystery and impossible pace that leaves you breathless.