It Ends with Her by Brianna Labuskes

It Ends with Her

He started the game. She’ll end it.FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.He’s never broken pattern…until now.A girl has already gone missing in upstate New Yo...

Details It Ends with Her

TitleIt Ends with Her
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary

Reviews It Ends with Her

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    At first I was up and down with this book, but then I got into it! Clarke Sinclair is an FBI Agent with her friend Sam. They have been looking for the serial killer, Simon Cross for some years now. Now he's back and sending things to Clarke. Will she be able to capture him this time before he kills another girl or girls? This book has two POV's. One is in the present with Clarke. The second POV is of Simon and his past. It shows how he turned out...
  • Marina
    There are three POVs1) Clarke – the main (and not very likeable character) – whose chapters were long and rambling. 2) Adelaide – a child. 3) Bess – a victim. (These chapters were much more exciting.) I found the ‘serial killer v FBI / cat and mouse’ plot over-complicated, the relationships unlikely and the whole set up quite improbable.
  • Suze
    IT ENDS WITH HERI usually love thrillers, this book has a lot of action-a scavenger hunt, and a couple of very determined FBI agents. The plot was good, my problem with the book was the characters. Both Sam and Clarke seemed incomplete, and not very likeable. When I love a book, it is because of the characters- this book not so much.
  • Christine Lowe
    Unsympathetic Protagonist, Serial Killer Portrayed as GeniusI found myself getting more and more annoyed with the female protagonist, Clarke Sinclair, the longer I read. I found her self destructive and incredibly unsympathetic. I don't know if that's what the author intended but there was nothing I read that made me like her in the least. Her FBI partner, Sam Gallagher, was there to save her from herself. There is a lot we learn about Clarke's m...
  • Beverly Youngberg
    Highly enjoyable if you like twists!I went into this book hesitantly. At first I thought it was another “bad a$$ female agent” novel, but once you dive into each character, you find each has their own flaws that compliment one another perfectly. A truly great novel highlighting the impact of child abuse, the psyche of the abused, and how it gnaws at them for the rest of their lives. I recommend giving this novel a chance if you want a thrille...
  • Katy Askeland
    A page turning thrillerI chose this book as my Kindle First selection for April, as there was no other book I was remotely interested in. I'm glad I did.While this may be Brianna Labuskes first novel, she is clearly an accomplished writer. The descriptions were thorough, sentence structure was good and it was well edited. I flew through the pages pretty quickly and it kept me up and night much later than I had wanted. To me, that is the mark of a...
  • Literati Literature Lovers
    Dark Thriller I hate when reviewers say that a book is hard to review, but this one is because a review could ruin the plot and the many plot twists. The book revolves around three characters Bess, Adelaide, and Clark. Clark is a FBI agent who is chasing a serial killer targeting curly redheaded females. The killer happens to be winning the game he is playing with Clark and the F.B.I.. The book is written in three distinct timelines, and switchin...
  • JLOX
    Serial Killer Plays Games With FBI AgentsThe story has been told many times. Sam and Clarke (girl not boy) are on the hunt for a serial killer who kidnaps and murders red-headed females. Until now. This last one is blonde and the FBI agents are certain he still has the last red-head who has not been found. He has broken his pattern. Yes, he. They know who he is - Simon.Sounds captivating right? Not so much. I was sick of hearing Clarke's inner th...
  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    The book alternates chapters about three characters: FBI agent Clarke (who has more chapters than the other two), kidnapping victim Bess, and the killer's childhood foster sister, Adelaide. Honestly, I skimmed through a lot of Clarke's chapters. She was unprofessional, unlikable and pretty stupid, especially at the end. When everyone was telling her that it wasn't her fault, I was screaming YES IT WAS! She just had way too many mental issues to b...
  • Rachel Clayson
    I wanted to like it more....The twist at the end was great! The journey getting there and the final destination were just so so, for me. I had a hard time with huge amount of emotions the main character portrayed, it was exhausting. The amount of tip toeing around the final reveal was arduous, as you have to get through 90% of book before you finally get that "ooooh that is why she is so________ the entirety of the book" moment. I wish we would h...
  • Judy
    WOWO could not put this novel down it is that good! I'm happy to have discovered B Labuskes i will be sure to read more books written by her☺
  • raymond cook
    Standard ThrillerThis book wasn't bad, but it didn't really go beyond the cliche. Everything in it I had read before. Still worth a look, though.
  • cj
    Good lot. Too much extra.The story and it's late twist were good. The frequent long elaboration of the main character's thoughts, feelings and past were excessive. I found myself anxious to see where the story went next, but tired of all the extra rhetoric. Too bad, because I like so much of the author's writing--the boring parts just needed to be edited out.
  • Cassie Osborn
    Good BookI chose this book for my April 2018 Kindle First read. I'm glad I did. It was a very interesting read from the start. Kept me interested enough to read in one sitting. The only gripe I have is with the main character, Clarke. She wasn't very likable, but the reason for her numerous issues did come out in the end, which was the only saving grace for her character. All in all, a fast-paced, gripping, and interesting read. I recommend this ...
  • Robialice
    Labuskes technique is solid in this middle of the road suspense thriller starring a young FBI agent tracking down a serial killer. From the start it’s plain that the main character Clarke has a history with the serial killer, the author reveals this slowly throughout the book via flashbacks. The pacing is well done, pulling you along as Clarke and her partner Sam track down all the clues right on time. I would have loved to see more depth in th...
  • Jada
    3.5 StarsThere's something very satisfying about an unlikable narrator that I really enjoy. Clarke Sinclair fits the bill quite nicely. She's chasing a serial killer, Simon Cross, across the country, following his twisted clues in a scavenger hunt where the stakes are high, a young woman's life. And then two after Cross breaks his meticulous, obsessive plans.Overall I enjoyed this book. Getting to read it prior to publication (05/01/2018!) throug...
  • Jini Branson
    Oh my goodness!!!I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. It is well written, and leads you in a few different directions. I'm genuinely glad that I read this book, and I am anxiously waiting for the authors next book release. I wish I could be an impartial person who can give her negative thoughts and opinions about the story as well as the positive ones, unfortunately, I can't. It captured me from beginning to end. If it hadn't be...
  • Linda
    An unhealthy obsessionNot firing on all cylinders because I can honestly say I missed it. The grand finale when revealed didn't surprise me, but made me realize it had not clicked and yet, explained so much about Clarke.This was one of those stories that I can actually imagine could happen, and at the same time dread happening. The damage to the psyche, after having to live through the ordeal of losing your parents, the crazy obsession from someo...
  • Kylie
    Hmm.I’m not sure whether the major obvious detail means I should give this book 4 or 5 stars. I also started reading this book after finishing the best book of 2018, so my viewpoints may be slightly skewed in that regard. I found this book slightly hard to focus on. I often found myself having to reread paragraphs, and sometimes pages after my mind had wandered.Despite that, this book is really quite well done. I enjoyed the give and take betwe...
  • Lauren
    FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.He’s never broken pattern…until now.A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a...
  • Darla C. James
    A HARD ONE TO REVIEWInteresting characters and plot....and "meatiness" of the author's writing skill gives a depth not often experienced in contemporary fiction....just my humble opinion. I have to say, though, that I frequently asked myself if Ms. Labuskes was overly enamored of her own writing and compelled to load as much clever and insightful wording in as possible....or if she just really has this much angst she can tap into. Either way, it ...
  • Nora Anthony
    Here it goes.I disliked Clarke. Way too many inner thoughts and flashbacks. It makes no sense that they know who the killer is and haven't been able to catch him for YEARS. The twist at the end would have been interesting but it was completely unbelievable!! It made no sense. Also the other twist didn't make any sense either. The author tries to convince us that things couldn't have ended any other way but they could have, if everyone kept their ...
  • Lisa
    Addictive cat and mouse gameFBI agent Clarke Sinclair is trying to find a missing girl when another goes missing. Simon Cross, a cunning and vicious serial killer, has changed his established pattern and Clarke and her partner Sam race to find not only the girls but why his game is turning personal. This was a very addictive thriller which made it extremely difficult to put down. The story was heavy on the psychological aspect of Simon and the re...
    I really enjoyed this book. I read a number of reviews that said they could not relate to, or like Clarke, the main character. I wholeheartedly disagree with that. I felt a connection with her, but not for the first few chapters. She's not a warm, cuddly character, but as we learn more about her and her life, I really came to like and understand her.There was a shocking twist toward the end that I never saw coming. It was totally unexpected, whic...
  • Brenda
    Here is another story that calls into question many of the past five-stars I have given books. I don’t even know how to summarize how I feel about this book. It was suspenseful, entertaining, disturbing, emotional - all at a five star rating or higher. The beginning of the book may seem confusing, what with the main characters’ POVs and flash-backs, but instead of frustrating you find yourself spurred on to get at the bottom of it all. Trust ...
  • Silanna
    Gripping thrillerClarke is an FBI agent working with her partner Sam to take down Simon Cross a serial killer. They have to follow clues via photos to solve in time to rescue the kidnapped girl before she is killed.Throughout the story chapters divert to Simon's past as a child with a girl Adelaide who were both in foster care aswell as focus on the current chase between Clarke, Sam and Simon.The ending has a totally unexpected twist that I never...
  • Nicole Gargiulo
    Captivating thrillerThis was a quick paced thriller. Very creative in how the story progressed, and how it switched from time and point of view helped to create that and kept the story moving forward but also helped to develop richer characters and build the background for the present chase for the serial killer. It was always full of twists and turns, especially at the end when all the pieces fell together. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to...
  • Kirsten Izatt
    Descriptions to die forI don't think I've ever read descriptions like those Brianna Labuskes writes. I'm in awe. Nothing will ever be the same again. "The sound crawled along her nerve endings, starting at her toes, running up the ligaments behind her knobby kneecaps, finding the base of her spine, and creeping up each vertebra until it reached the top. There it settled and scratched and clawed at the little jutting point of a bone at the center....
  • Christina
    Slow start, but very good, the emotional intensity at the end surprised meLiked this story very much. At first, the dichotomy between Clarke and Sam bothered me, especially Clarke’s treatment of him. Loved the strength of Bess and Anna, and especially the twist of who Bess was. I didn’t expect to cry at the end, trying not to spoil it but I didn’t see Roger moving me the way he did. The ending was much more than the finale of a race to get ...