The Cipher

The Cipher Review

To a cunning serial killer, she was the one that got away. Until now…

FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera escaped a serial killer’s trap at sixteen. Years later, when she’s jumped in a Virginia park, a video of the attack goes viral. Legions of new fans are not the only ones impressed with her fighting skills. The man who abducted her eleven years ago is watching. Determined to reclaim his lost prize, he commits a grisly murder designed to pull her into the investigation…but his games are just beginning. And he’s using the internet to invite the public to play along.

His coded riddles may have made him a depraved social media superstar—an enigmatic cyber-ghost dubbed “the Cipher”—but to Nina he’s a monster who preys on the vulnerable. Partnered with the FBI’s preeminent mind hunter, Dr. Jeffrey Wade, who is haunted by his own past, Nina tracks the predator across the country. Clue by clue, victim by victim, Nina races to stop a deadly killer while the world watches.

Title:The Cipher
Edition Language:English

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    The Cipher Reviews

  • Jennifer Robinson

    If you're a fan of Police Procedurals and FBI Behavioral Analysis you will want to read this one! There are just so many things in the mix here that I'm a fan of! "The Cipher" is Book One of a new ser...

  • Theresa Alan

    I really enjoyed the escapism of this story—I was able to forget about the insanity of the election and just read about the good guys catching the bad guy. FBI Agent Nina Guerrera fights off an atta...

  • Debbie DiFiore

    The Warrior Girl This was very good. I loved the resilience of the heroine and her courage to take control of her life after years of abuse. The evil Odin truly personified evil. Her will to survive w...

  • Monnie

    This book, the first in a series, was an Amazon First Reads choice that looked intriguing. And you know what? It is. Not only did I enjoy it thoroughly, but I'm now looking forward to the next one.To ...

  • Dharma Kelleher

    THE CIPHER Puts A Modern Twist On The Serial Killer TropeFollowing the success of her Veranda Cruz series, author Isabella Maldonado introduces us to her latest heroine, FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrer...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I grabbed this one on a whim needed and good mystery for this time of year and I am so glad I took a chance on this. It was everything I needed in a good heart pounding read that kept me on my toes an...

  • Rich

    This was my first book from this author. It was a decent read. It reminded alot of a FBI show that just ended criminal minds-was never a big fan of that show lol. The main character was ok-dialogue wa...

  • Steven

    In this new series, author Maldonado brings a sense of authenticity that one rarely finds in police procedural thrillers. I am sure this is because she is the real deal. Her experience as a police off...

  • Mackey

    My Amazon First Reads selection for October, The Cipher was an enjoyable piece of crime fiction. Our primary character, Nina, is tough as nails and sigh of relief from the usual protrayal of ditzy fem...

  • julia ? [owls reads]

    The Cipher was a really intriguing and engrossing read up until the final climax. The writing was compelling and the way Maldonado developed Nina as a character was wonderful; she was such a complex c...