Thursday, February 6, 2020

ARC Review: Criminal Intentions: Season Two, Episode 1 The Golden Ratio Killer by Cole McCade

From The Blurb:
The boys are back, and an old face from Seong-Jae’s past plunges BPD Detectives Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon from a two-month suspension right into the depths of hell — and into one of the most horrific, grisly cases of Malcolm’s life. 
He's never seen anything like it. Macabre ritual killings, and the only one who's ever been able to crack the killer's pattern has been his partner and lover. 
But Malcolm and Seong-Jae aren't the only ones tracking this case. 
And with the return of FBI Division Chief Aanga Joshi, Malcolm may have to contend with more than a rogue killer. 
A jealous ex. More of Seong-Jae's buried secrets. A prison break turned into a blood-soaked crime scene. 
And two men, far from home, standing on the brink. 
Where nothing may be safe. 
Not even each other. 
Malcolm Khalaji and Seong-Jae Yoon are back on the case — and partnering with the FBI on a horrific serial murder case that will test Malcolm's faith and revive the darkest parts of Seong-Jae's past. With an enigmatic killer leading them on a wild goose chase through city after city and body after body, both Mal and Seong-Jae will find themselves pushed to their limits as they discover the worst of what humanity can do. 
Even two minds against one may not be enough as they track the devious Golden Ratio Killer, and try to find the key to his pattern. But the trail of breadcrumbs left by the white rabbit will lead them suspiciously close to home, and a connection they never could have predicted. With their worlds exploding around them and everyone they know suddenly cast into doubt... 
Can their partnership — and their love — survive the greatest trial of their lives?

Karen's rating:

If you haven’t read Season One of Criminal Intentions…seriously?

What are you waiting for there’s still time to remedy that situation and really you need to do that before getting into Season 2. Now, that you’ve been warned I’m going to try to explain how seriously incredible this series… specifically this episode is.

Right from the start Mal and Seong-Jae…that right there makes it worth reading every word. I could give you a fairly long list of m/m pairings that I really like but without question these two men would be on that list and very probably at the top. Mal and Seong-Jae are without question two of the most incredibly intense characters that I’ve ever encountered both as a couple and individually.

Season 2 begins with the return of several of the characters from Season 1 and while Seong-Jae and Mal are definitely the main characters, we’re also treated to glimpses of events that are transpiring in their lives as well as well as new characters and a closer look at some characters who's relevance to events are changing and some who have yet to be revealed.

Once again Soeng-Jae’s past is going to collide with his present and the consequences are going to be deadly. When a serial killer reappears after a 20 year absence, Mal and Seong-Jae find themselves pulled away from the place they’ve come to think of as home, by Seong-Jae’s ex, FBI Division Chief Aanga Joshi and they’re all about to find themselves going down a rabbit hole that’s far more deadly than anyone could possibly anticipate.

Already here in episode 1 of season 2 we're left with so many questions about a killer who's set to push the limits of everyone's endurance for the horror they leave in their wake and if that's not enough the impact that all this will have on Mal and Seong-Jae's relationship is sure to test it's limits. Without fail the one thing that I've come to expect whenever I start reading an episode of 'Criminal Intentions' is that my attention from start to finish will be consumed by the story.

There are a number of reasons for this the stories are a combination of the fact that this is simply a really well written story, with intriguing characters, a well laid out storyline and interspersed with both the expected and the unexpected. With everything designed to draw the reader in and keep them wanting more.

The buzz words for this season of CI seem to be 'Criminal Minds' meets 'Dexter' and I have to admit that I can't honestly speak to the validity of this since I've never watched 'Dexter', but what I can say is that for me there is still a solid feel of 'Criminal Minds' in this first story but regardless of whether you think 'Criminal Minds' or 'Dexter' while you’re reading this one by the end of the story if you've enjoyed it anywhere near as much as I did you'll be thinking "I want"

One last note before I finish sincerest apologies to the author for having been so tardy with this review. Sadly sometimes life is what happens while we're trying to do other things and sometimes as was the case for demands that we set other things aside to deal with it and this is how we fall behind with some now here I am diligently attempting to get back on track with this and CI is definitely at the top of my list as I attempt to keep up with some things and catch up with others.


An ARC of 'The Golden Ration Killer' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. I love this series! Season 2 Episode 5 is coming soon. I can't wait!


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