- By R.J. Belle

First One Down

  • Title: First One Down
  • Author: R.J. Belle
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • First One Down Do you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into t

    Do you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into the light It took Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to know that retirement wasn t going to work out for him Eleven days to know that he could not put this last casDo you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into the light It took Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to know that retirement wasn t going to work out for him Eleven days to know that he could not put this last case, the only case of his career that he was unable to solve, down Watching it grow cold and forgotten by everyone except himself and the deceased s husband, Sutton fought hard against the urge to work it on his own He thought he could let it go, but he was wrong, dead wrong Now, back on the job as a Cold Case Detective, Sutton is given another chance to solve the case that has tormented him for almost two years Kali Hanson is dealing with her own special type of torment as she attempts to navigate a tangled web of deceit where the monsters wear masks of light and the darkness lurking inside a person is impossible to recognize from the outside How does a girl who has everything going for her find herself in the middle of a deadly puzzle, forced to witness those she loves most commit acts of ultimate betrayal a puzzle where boundaries blur and the difference between truth and lies is indiscernible Sutton is in a race against the clock to find a missing girl who may be the key He will put it all on the line to make sure this monster doesn t get the chance to kill again Will he be too late, and is a physical death the only death one can suffer Even if he saves her, will her life ever be the same

    1 thought on “First One Down

    1. R.J. Belle hooked me in right away with her vivid details of the crime. I was intrigued as she revealed the motive by looking into the killer’s intelligent, skilled, and disturbed mind. The first chapters had me hooked. I couldn’t put it down, so I read the entire book within one day. The second half of the novel was very interesting and kept me glued. Being so interested, I ended up not taking notes on the later part of the book. The unexpected twists help my interest as the story unfolded [...]

    2. First One Down is what happens when a serial killer murder mystery meets fifty shades. I loved the characters and the plot. The detective started out a bit dry but once inside his head, he is endearing. While some elements were predictable, the book kept me reading along at a quick pace. Unlike Fifty shades, the sex scenes have a purpose, are integral to the story and not as repetitive. It never gets boring and I want more! Luckily, this is the first in a series. I can't wait for the next book.

    3. I totally enjoyed this novel. It isn't something I would normally read, but I'm glad I did. I can see how the ending was played out more realistically rather than the fairytale version promised (talked about) to Kali and Andrew. I hope that these two characters show up in the next book. I'm also eager to see Sutton find some companionship out side of work. Hurry up book 2!

    4. If I could give 4.5 stars, I would. I loved the introduction of the characters. Andrew, the sad man whose wife was murdered, Detective Sutton, a determined man who lived for his job, Kali, a lonely woman who accepted and allowed humiliation and pain in exchange for what she thought was love. For her, being with someone evil was better than living alone and being lonely. And finally, Nate, the evil and controlling monster who loved to be the master. There was an 'aha' moment towards the end of th [...]

    5. Good story and plotThis is a detective thriller story with a fine plot, believable characters and the potential to be a great read. However, for me it is let down by some simple punctuation and basic grammar. In the end, I skim read the story by ignoring the punctuation/grammar. This made the read slightly less fluent for me as a reader. For other readers, it won't be an issue but with better editing, I would have given the book 4 stars. I will certainly look at other books by this author becaus [...]

    6. NOT MY KIND OF BOOK. Right from the first chapter I could tell I wasn't going to like it. I hate murder mysteries--especially those where the reader is plunged into the mind of the murderer. I really don't care to know the gory details that reside in evil brains. And, the protagonist, Kali, is ridiculous. I guess there are women out there in such desperate straights--or I suppose they're not pathetic and really do enjoy pain. But, I certainly don't understand them nor care a thing about them. In [...]

    7. Having read and enjoyed Ms. Belle’s non-fiction book, AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun, I thought I would check out this fiction book. I was not disappointed. This is a mixture of Police Procedural and Dark Psychological Thriller. Before his medically-induced retirement, Detective Paul Sutton was assigned a homicide case that he was unable to solve. Two years later, he came out of retirement and assigned to his cold case. Will he and his partner be able to find the thread that wraps things up? [...]

    8. This is the first book in the Detective Paul Sutton novel series. Sutton is a straight shooter cold case detective with a no nonsense approach to investigating.I loved the storyline and the depth of characterization. From the good to the bad - everyone has clear motivation and direction. The author digs deep into the psyche of each character and the action unfolds quickly. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough.Although this is a first time author, I believe RJ Belle pulled her debut novel off b [...]

    9. Interesting mix of characters, I found it a very good read and a book I couldn't put down because of all the twist and turns. I am a big cold case fan so I enjoyed the solving of the case by the crafty veteran cop who just couldn't let this case go. I would recommend to anyone who likes twist and turns and is very opened minded to the reality of looks are deceiving and you really never know what someone has going behind the scenes of everyday life!!!

    10. Sadomasochism.I didn't live this book, but I did feel deeply for the character named Kali. I despised Mate and was pleased with his ending. If you think you will enjoy something like this;; go ahead, but I didn't really like it.

    11. I received this book through First Reads, and really enjoyed it. A wonderful first effort with deep characters and a great twist.

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