Review: The Falcon (Nina Guerrera #3) by Isabella Maldonado


Print Length: 333 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer  (June 28, 2022)

From  Special Agent Nina Guerrera and her FBI team are called in to investigate a string of disappearances as a predator stalks the grounds of an elite university. They piece together clues revealing the dark mind of a killer compelled to fully conquer his victims before they die using a combination of behavioral psychology, Stockholm Syndrome, and Falconry techniques to control his captives. Nina must face her greatest failure―and her greatest fear―to stop a deadly hunter before he claims another prize.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I read the first book in this series and while I found it enjoyable, there was also quite a bit that I found lacking as well. I somehow missed the second (although it has since been added to my TBR pile), but was excited to see that there was a third installment in this series. 

And honestly? I loved this book! It was nice to see how much the entire cast has grown and developed since the first book (especially Bianca, a young girl that Nina saved five years prior from an abusive situation). I really enjoyed seeing how the team has really come into their own, each utilizing the skills he or she is best at in order to find the culprit in these heinous crimes. Nina has also really come into her own going from someone who uses their past trauma as a shield (although many references are made to it), to someone who can see that they are capable of loving and being loved in return. I think that this revelation will only make her stronger in the future books, and I can't wait to see what happens next! 

However, speaking of the crimes that take place, I will admit that some people may find the intimate details of the girls' imprisonment to be gruesome, and some may not be able to stomach the methods used (a take on falconry and how birds of prey are trained is all I can say without giving too much away), but I felt that they were needed so that we could get that deep look inside the twisted mind of the person behind the abductions and murders. I also enjoyed the author's creative use of red herrings to keep the reader guessing as to just who might be behind it all, I will admit that even I was surprised by the earth-shattering reveal at the end. 

My one complaint about this story is that the killer's "notes" are too small to read on my kindle paperwhite, so I really would have liked to have had a more detailed mention of what they entailed at the end when everything was wrapping up, but other than that this was a very well-done addition to this series. 

If you are a fan of shows like Criminal Minds and CSI, I am sure you will enjoy this story. I will read more from this author! 

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