• Girl, Alone

  • An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Blake Pierce
  • Narrated by: Abigail Reno
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (339 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller, Book 1) is the debut novel in a long-anticipated new series by number one best seller and USA Today best-selling author Blake Pierce, whose best seller Once Gone has received over 1,000 five star reviews.  

FBI Agent Ella Dark, 29, is given her big chance to achieve her life’s dream: to join the Behavioral Crimes Unit. Ella has a hidden obsession: She has studied serial killers from the time she could read, devastated by the murder of her own sister. With her photographic memory, she has obtained an encyclopedic knowledge of every serial killer, every victim, and every case. Singled out for her brilliant mind, Ella is invited to join the big leagues. 

But when a killer strikes in the swamps of Louisiana, Ella soon comes to learn that the real thing is nothing she could expect. Face to face with a real murder, a real killer, and a real ticking clock, Ella realizes she can’t rely on her knowledge. She must learn to trust her instinct, and allow herself to enter the dark canals of a real killer’s mind. If she gets it wrong, her career is at stake. 

And so is the next victim’s life. 

Will Ella’s talent be an asset? Or the source of her downfall? 

A harrowing crime thriller featuring a brilliant and tortured FBI agent, the Ella Dark series is a riveting mystery, packed with suspense, twists, and turns, revelations, and driven by a breakneck pace that will keep you listening late into the night. 

Books two and three in the series — Girl, Taken and Girl, Hunted — are also available.

©2020 Blake Pierce (P)2020 Blake Pierce

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Oh...the breathing!!

This book is slow to start. Then I realized I needed to speed it up just a notch to try and enjoy the story. The book is decent and the personalities of the two female FBI agents was painful to listen to as they were being described and how their characters played out. So, male like to follow the typical pattern for an experienced female law enforcement officer.
The narrator was good at her voices but her breathing made me want a refund at about chapter 10. She either needs better recording equipment or an asthma inhaler. All I could think throughout listening was please get a breathing treatment & try this again. I have listened to over a thousand books and never once even from the absolute most treacherous narrators have I heard this breathing. It is not breathy or renders her performance differently it's literally her breathing as she reads.
I cannot say if the series will be good or not b/c of the things that I asserted bothered me. I am willing to try listening to book two b/c of Agent Dark.

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Blood and guts! :-(

A bit too gory for my taste, but I couldn’t stop listening. The fact that Ella was taken down more the once made it feel a little repetitive and expected. Would have been more shocking if someone had to fight for their life.

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Hello mediocre fiction

Nothing noteworthy about this story and certainly not the amateurish narration. The plot is predictable, the narration stilted. Violence is used to move the story along. It doesn't work.

Listened to about 70 percent of the book and ran out of motivation to continue.

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Good story!

Great story I enjoyed it very much. My only issue is the reader lacked emotion and her tone didn't match the story.

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Juvenile

I think I would have enjoyed this book in middle school. It wasn’t a bad read just very elementary. The main character was annoying and unlikable. The story was also very unrealistic as far as the fbi gots.

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The breathing!

Very good book and narration was good, had to speed it up a bit and the intake of breath after each sentence was a little much. Almost stopped listening because of that alone. Overall good story.

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Great Story but...

Great, intriguing storyline, but some basic police work missed. Why wasn’t the witness who got away from the serial killer shown pictures to identify if someone was or was not the killer? No swabbing the handcuffs for prints? Also, the narrator kept saying Bundy went to the “Key Omega House” in Tallahassee. It’s “Chi Omega” - Greek. Chi is pronounced like the beginning of kite, not key. Overall a good story.

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Narrator terrible

Sorry to pile on to this but this narrator is terrible. Yes, the breathing is distracting and loud, she speaks way too slowly etc etc. But I could have gotten past all of that if only she could pronounce proper names correctly. She said Ed GAIN, when it’s pronounced “Geen” which isn’t ridiculous not to know, except that he comes up a ton in this story and you’d think someone would have told her how to say it. Also, Chi Omega - the woman says “key” over and over. I’m sorry, but if it’s your job to read, then correct pronunciation should be a baseline.

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Poor Dialogue; Too Many Plot Errors

Given how many people seem to love this book, I was surprised by how little I liked it. Characters had unbelievable internal dialogues. Ella worried about silly things that did not fit her age or experience. Dialogue between characters was too often trite or stilted. E is portrayed as smart, but seems unable to learn simple lessons such as not announcing suspects' names to a room full of people. Plot inconsistencies were maddening and sloppy. Examples include a character who is kneeling and then suddenly standing (without having stood up), then still kneeling. Another example is when the two agents arrange an all-nighter, but then inexplicably the next chapter begins with how much sleep they got. I finished the book because I wanted to know who the killer was, but I came close to not bothering to do so; the book was that bad.

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Book was ok

This book is hard to get into. I wanted to quit many times but I pushed through. It wasn’t bad just not my favorite. Did anyone else notice that they say her sister was killed in description but in the first book said it was her dad or did I just totally miss that in the book?