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On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold - Book Review
Book: On the Count of Three
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publication Date: 10 December 2018
Publisher: Hibbert and Stiles
unsub has never been about hiding the identity of his victims. He's always left
their teeth intact and never mutilated their faces, making identification
On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold is the seventh
instalment in the Brandon Fisher series. This is my first read in the
series and I didn't feel lost in any way with it being the seventh.
I loved that the book opens with a
flashback from the killer, initiating suspense from the first page. The "unsub"
appears to seek out recently-released people who were found guilty in
Miami police department (PD) officer Kelly
Marsh investigates a murder and thinks there is a serial killer on the loose.
So, she calls former mentor Jack Harper and his FBI team to assist her with the
A lot of emotions are flying as Kelly
struggles with her boss, who doesn't do much but get the spotlight, while
Brandon Fisher, a member of Harper's team, feels that there is some kind of
history between Kelly and Jack. Throughout the novel, we see Brandon being
jealous of Kelly, creating some occasional humour and suspense.
only had they been happy to see each other but every word that came from
[Kelly's] lips seemed to make Jack proud. And in contrast, everything I said
was frowned upon. Literally."
On the Count of Three reminded me of the show Criminal
Minds, and later one of the characters voices my thoughts. I felt that several
of the characters were similar to those from Criminal Minds; Zach is a lot like
Spencer Reed, and their lead Jack Harper is a bit like Aaron Hotchner.
Also like the series, there were some
bits that felt like the quotes they used at the beginning and ending of each
episode. Still, the book is different in its own way.
BAU?" Her brows rose in perfectly shaped arches. "Like from that TV
show Criminal Minds?"
Each character has their pros and
cons; I liked the medical examiner with her black humour, and Kelly, a woman
hell-bent on bringing justice to those who deserve it and one who views the
perpetrators who were murdered by the killer as victims.
My Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC)
One of the things I really liked
about On the Count of Three is the use of actual policing and
procedures. Carolyn Arnold provides detailed information about decomposition
and lividity for the bodies they find in a way that is both educational and
There is also lots of conversation
throughout the book to keep the pace quick and the reader's mind working.
was a double-edged sword. It could empower and destroy. In some ways, hope was
worse than closure. Especially, when bad news came on the tail end of sparked
I felt that the book had too many perspectives.
Nearly all were in the third person, with the exception of Brandon's, which was
in the first person. In most cases it was easy to pick up whose perspective the
reader was seeing the events from.
The sections where the killer was the speaker were interesting, showing how they felt, spoke, acted and reacted, and so on.
"I would kill to sleep in."
She had no idea how exhausting kidnapping and killing were. How both deserved a nice, long snooze afterward.
Although the book is one of the Brandon Fisher series, Brandon is not the only main character. We see perspectives from various characters including Zach and Kelly. I felt that Brandon wasn't the know-it-all who had all the answers. Again, since this is my first read in the series, I don't know if this is the case with the other books – but it is something I thought worth mentioning.
Overall, On the Count of Three is quick-paced and exciting. The reader is easily immersed in the investigation as the FBI and Miami PD detective seek to uncover clues and pinpoint bits and analyse what is going on to catch the serial killer.
"Charm and charisma were two of the best weapons in any murderer's arsenal. Sweet, yet sticky like honey."
The language is easy and I picked up some new investigative and medical-examiner terminology. I enjoyed Arnold's word choice throughout On the Count of Three, including the quotable bits at the beginning of some chapters. But particularly how the book ends not only by catching the killer but through word choice.
aftermath didn't have to be viewed as horrible. Light came from darkness."