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The Soul Catcher is Alex Kava's third book, all feature the FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell.
The third book in the series continues the story of Maggie O'Dell and her colleagues and friends in the FBI profile team. Since the days of the X-files, all FBI profilers have to be young, hot and have personal problems beyond the scope of their jobs at the FBI. Maggie is a women in her thirties is a beautiful women who has skills in interpreting what serial killers do through their predictive actions.
Maggie has broken up with her husband and is almost divorced, she has feelings for a Boston area sheriff who she met in the first book in the series. She has a drunken troubled mother and a bit of an addictive personality which has the ability to either wind up people or instinctively place people in her confidence.
RJ Tully - Very much Scully to O'Dells Mulder, 40, dependable, also divorced but looks after his fifteen year old daughter. He adds humour to the book in his angst over looking after his daughter. RJ who we have yet to find out what RJ stands for, is good looking but very much runs his investigations by the book.
Dr. Gwen Pattinson
Maggie's psychiactic friend, she's a few years older than Maggie but is also stunning, with a perfect figure and stunning legs - the author keeps hammering this point about her, she offers her help to the FBI as a means of trying to get an insight into the serial killers mind.
After covering the psychotic serial killer in the previous novel here the author takes on the fairly easy subject of a controlling religious leader and a series of murders which seem to follow his speaking tour.
This is as I said fairly simple crime writing, a fairly straightforward target in truth a charismatic decadent religious leader, he ticks all the boxes, suave, sophisticated, and of course corrupt. The Reverend Joseph Everett is the soul catcher, he's the focus for this book and we see him through the eyes of two of his followers and Maggies mother who has fallen for his charms.
The book takes a while to place the murders with the reverend but the reader is in no doubt through out that the reverend is corrupt and decadent. O'Dell and Tully lead the investigation into two very different murders but they eventually meet at the reverend and his enclave.
The book like the first two also has a first person perspective from the murderer but unlike the first two novels we aren't sure who the murderer is. The murders are explicit but there isn't the sexual element so prevalent in the previous two novels, the sex in this book comes from the main characters and as they are all in their thirties or forties there is a fair mix of sex and middle aged angst.
Generally I enjoyed the novel, the writer uses the tactic of the short chapters but the sentences and paragraphs in that chapter are of a decent length and the writing is superior to other murder mystery writers.
The book comes to an exciting end and the finish is satisfying for the reader, it ties up the end of this book whilst leaving storylines open between the main character for future novels.