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Nothing to Lose

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Can’t get enough of this series! Full of twists and turns with the underlying story of Ziba , Duncan and Jack running through it for continuity. 

Profilers fascinate me as I live what they can pick up from the nonverbal signals we all give off

Excellent storytelling, can’t wait for the next instalment
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I loved the first book in this series so went ahead and request an ARC of Nothing to Lose because I couldn’t wait for the release date.

Blood for Blood kept me hooked because clues where left to put the reader off the scent and every time you thought you figured it out, bam, nope think again.

With Nothing to Lose those same red herrings were fed through but I didn’t fall for it this time. I actually figured out who the murderer was early on and was bitterly disappointed that I’d got the measure of the author so quickly. I was so wrong! Out of left field right at the end of the book a plot twist. Well hot damn, did not see that one coming!

Another really great read from Victoria Selman. Cannot wait for the next book.
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This novel was great. The characters were believable and well developed, as well as the story. Ziba is a profiler and it was really enjoyable to read the details when it came to her profiling. I was unaware that this was a second in a series, but I enjoyed reading this as a standalone, although I would like to read the next, if there is one!
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I love suspenseful books that keep me wondering what will happen next. A killer watches your every move and knows what you will do before you do it. Women are being murdered who resemble our main character. The killer is targeting her but why? I can't wait to get back into this thriller.
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Loved it! Even better than the first in the series. Can’t wait to meet Ziba again, she’s my kind of girl...a ‘slug of wine’ and ‘baby gravy’ were two of my favourite quotes from her. This book combines a likeable main character and lots of twists and turns, what’s not to love?!
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Nothing To Lose is a thrilling serial killer mystery. Twists and turns enough to grab your attention and keep it until the end. It's a good read overall.
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I loved this book - it’s definitely a must-read for anyone who enjoys pacy police procedurals starring strong but flawed characters. 

The protagonist Ziba MacKenzie is instantly likeable and I like the way the plot hinges on not one case; but two - the one she’s been employed as a profiler to solve and the one concerning the circumstances of her husband’s death. One of the things that makes her so compelling is the realistic way she anticipates situations and spots danger as it approaching (something so many other protagonists conveniently appear to miss for the sake of plot).

Selman’s characterisations are spot on and I loved the tiny details about each of the officers on the case. It’s also clear that she’s done her research when it comes to profiling. But what made it really stand out for me was the potential romance simmering away at the heart of the book. I’d like to see more of that in the next book - which I’m already looking forward to.
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I really enjoyed this book and found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it as the characters so vivid and believable. I loved Zibas and Wolfe's characters and relationship and I really hope to see more of them in future books. I also enjoyed the back story of Ziba trying to find her husband's killer at the same time as trying to profile a serial killer!
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I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book! Ziba is a an amazing character and i loved seeing her develop and evolve as she worked with Wolfe and their relationship grew. The plot was so cleverly written and i loved the inclusion of real life profilers like John Douglas, it shows how well researched Selman's books are. I devoured this in a day and i really hope there's a third book because this could be an amazing series.
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* I read this in a day,which always means it kept me interested enough to turn the pages quickly.
I didn't always enjoy the flipping between storylines though.
I'd just get into the flow of our serial killer story,and then we're talking about a 2 year old death that hasn't been solved.
However both stories were rounded off... slightly in a complicated manner for the killer story.
Always good to read new ideas on who and why though.
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He’s looking for his next victim. She looks just like his last..

This is the absolutely excellent next book in the Ziba Mackenzie series (if anything I loved it even more than the first, and that's saying something!)

Ziba Mackenzie is a criminal profiler who can look at a crime scene and tell things about the killer's personality just going by what he's done, which I find really fascinating (I love programmes like Criminal Minds and also Mindhunter which is on Netflix, this series reminds me a bit of those).

Nothing to Lose is a fast paced/high octane thriller with an ending that blew me away- I was literally thinking about it for days afterwards.

I would 100% recommend this book- read it, you won't be sorry!
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Some crazy action here as not only do we have a serial killer but one who wants to become well known in finding women who look just like offender profiler Ziba who is now on the case.
The cases are similar in nature with same M.O. (modus operandi) but with very little else to definitively sway one way or the other.
This case could literally kill Ziba as she's been the killer's target before and now fears for her own safety.
The killer may have some ground as Ziba has her own secret about her husband's murder.
Can she uncover the truth before time runs out or will she be our next victim.
This is a must read for 2019!
Thank you to Victoria, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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This was an engrossing mystery. I almost read it in one sitting because I was enjoying it so much. The characters are interesting and the story kept me gripped and eager to keep reading.
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Ziba MacKenzie gaat in een teal van Scotland Yard als profiler aan het werk om de moordenaar van Yasmin Pejman en Lily Abian op te sporen. Nadat Ziba's man Duncan twee jaar eerder is doodgeschoten, vindt Ziba op een verborgen plek in huis een USB-stick. Ze leidt eruit af dat Duncan aan een zaak onder de codenaam Sunlight werkte die top secret moest blijven. Waarschijnlijk is hij daarom doodgeschoten. Met haar vriend Jack Wolf die journalist is, gaat ze op zoek naar de waarheid rond Sunlight. Al snel komt ze erachter dat personen van de politie erbij betrokken zijn.

Ziba moet twee zaken tegelijkertijd zien op te lossen en dat valt niet mee. Ze moet woekeren met haar tijd en daar komt nog bij dat ze in beide zaken behoorlijk wordt tegengewerkt. Selman weet dit mooi te verwoorden. Ze is op haar best in het weergeven van de denkwijze van Ziba als profiler. 

Het verhaal wordt voor een belangrijk deel verteld door Ziba in de eerste persoon. Intrigerend zijn de korte tussenhoofdstukken waarin een vrouw vertelt dat ze denkt dat haar man de moordenaar is.
De twee verhaallijnen worden kundig met elkaar afgewisseld. De ene verhaallijn heeft een duidelijk eind; met de andere maakt Selman zich wat gemakkelijk af; hiervan had ze heel wat meer kunnen maken.

Dank aan Netgalley en de uitgever Thomas & Mercer voor het beschikbaar stellen van deze ARC. Ik ben benieuwd naar het eerste boek met Ziba MacKenzie: Blood for Blood.
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of Nothing to Lose, the second novel to feature freelance criminal profiler Ziba MacKenzie.

When two similar looking women are killed and eviscerated in just over a week The Met calls in Ziba to help the investigation, not that her help is welcomed with open arms. Ziba, however, is distracted as she has just uncovered new evidence in her hunt for her husband’s killer.

I thoroughly enjoyed Nothing to Lose which is an exciting thriller with two strong plot lines. I must admit that I had a good idea where they were both going from early on in the novel, perhaps because I read so much crime fiction, but it didn’t spoil my appetite for the detail and the way the two plots unfold, especially as the author has a good few twists up her sleeve. I found it a gripping read from start to finish.

The novel is mostly told from Ziba’s first person perspective with some interjections from an unnamed abused wife who suspects her husband of being the killer. This latter is extremely well done, bringing a whiff of smoke and mirrors to proceedings. Ziba’s narrative is interesting as being in the first person it brings the reader up close and personal with her character and experience. I’m not sure that I like her all that much. She seems humourless, hard and driven with few soft edges but that may be due to the loss of her husband and her need for justice. It’s difficult to tell on the basis of one novel.

Nothing to Lose is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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A good read, a bit of a slow starter for me and it did take me a while to get into it but good characters who I soon got involved with.

Overall I enjoyed it but didn't love it so I am not sure I would recommend this book.
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A great tense read! Full of gripping moments and twists and turns.
The story was exciting to read and the characters were fleshed out well.
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ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good mystery.

Ziba Mackenzie is a freelance profiler who is called in when a woman is murder who resemble her what shocking a early murder of a different woman resemble her to.

As she investigate she wonders what connect these two women and does it have to do with her or something more.

Also on her plate is she investigating the murder of her husband and attraction to her friend she calls Wolfie and when she find a flash drive that her husband had hidden might lead to why her husband was murder but in doing so makes her a target.

I like that also explain dissociative fugue  when we find out who the killer is and how that person manipulate the killer.
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