Cuts Like a Knife

Title:  Cuts Like a Knife (A Kristen Conner Mystery #1)
Author:  M. K. Gilroy
Pages:  410
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Worthy Publishing
Kristen Conner has anger issues; just ask her family and friends!  She is a detective with the Chicago Police Department, lives alone and goes to church.  Now, she has been assigned a new case.  There has been a grisly murder of a woman by means of a knife.  The manner of the murder has alerted the FBI, which then sends a task force to work in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department.  This may be the work of a serial killer who has used the same method of murder in several other cities, then goes underground for a little while and pops back up in another city months or even years later.  Chicago could be the sixth city where the killer has struck.  Another body is soon discovered killed in the same manner.  Another thing in common in all the murders is that the killer never leaves any evidence, so the task force has very little to investigate.
As the pressure to solve the case mounts, Kristen’s anger and keeping herself at a distance from others increases.  She spends all her time working the case, trying to catch the killer.  Her love life takes a down turn, but she doesn’t seem too upset by this.  She has no time for a relationship right now, even though she is quickly approaching thirty as her family points out.  As the killer continues to evade the police, Kristen discovers a clue that might solve the case.
I really liked this character.  She has a great sense of humor and is grounded in her faith.  She is a gritty, sometimes in-your-face person who is also well-versed in defending herself the old school way…with her fists.  She will do anything to protect her family and pushes her bosses to the limit by ignoring their orders.  Her father was on the Chicago police force and she feels honored to follow in his footsteps.  The story is full of action, tension, loyalty, family devotion and much more.  Kristen will make you laugh and sometimes make you cringe at some of her more direct comments or observations.  I can’t wait to read book two in the series, Every Breath You Take.
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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