Elysium Dreams by Hadena James
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Author: Hadena James
He skins his victims alive, taking pleasure from their pain.
In the cold, dark nights of Alaska, a hunter is stalking his prey. Once found, he takes them into the woods and skins them alive, prolonging the experience as much as he can, but the satisfaction always wanes.
Aislinn Cain and the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit have just finished up another case when they get the call. Now they are packing their bags and heading for Alaska in March. The team must overcome the hostile locals and harsh climate to catch a killer before he strikes again.
US Marshals Gabriel Hendricks, Lucas McMichaels, Xavier Reese, Michael Gianni and Aislinn “Ace” Cain make up the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit hunting serial killers.
They get called to Alaska to capture a killer called The Flesh Hunter, he’s taken fourty-one victims in three months.
Each of the team has their own quirks and Ace is the quirkiest of the bunch. She a high functioning genius sociopath who forces herself to feel. She’s really good at catching killers and as she says “I’m a monster but a good monster”. I love how all the characters interact with each other and especially how Ace controls herself.
This story is fast paced and exciting and keeps you guessing who the killer is to the very end. I couldn’t stop reading this and can’t wait to get my hands on books one and three. I love a good serial killer thriller and this hits the mark perfectly. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars it definitely deserves at least a 10 it’s that good.
Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock. 5 fangs isn’t enough.
Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. By the time she graduated high school, she had published a couple of short stories in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at seventeen. Hadena began college as an English major, but quickly changed to a history major. However, she continued to write and took several extra classes in creative writing.
College showed her that while she could write short stories, novel writing was truly where her heart lay. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian Studies. During this time, she received a couple of contract offers from publishing houses, but ultimately turned them all down.
In August 2012, she self-published her first novel. In retrospect, she is appreciative of the contracts offers she received when she was younger, but believes she made the right decision with self-publishing.
When she isn’t busy writing, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities to visit are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, with her favorites being classic literature; Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Gaston LeRoux, and Jane Austen; modern favorites include Clive Barker, James Patterson, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Her favorite book is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages. Some of her favorite bands are Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Rammstein, U2, Marilyn Manson, Oomph!, and Rob Zombie.