Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 4) - Blake Pierce

Before He Takes (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 4)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2017-03-01
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 445 Ratings


From Blake Pierce, bestselling author of ONCE GONE (a #1 bestseller with over 800 five star reviews), comes book #4 in the heart-pounding Mackenzie White mystery series.

In BEFORE HE TAKES (A Mackenzie White Mystery—Book 4), newly minted FBI agent Mackenzie White is ordered to take on a new and disturbing case. Women are going missing in rural Iowa, and a pattern is emerging. It is feared a serial killer is on a rampage, his pace increasing. Given her Midwestern roots, Mackenzie is chosen as the perfect fit.

But Mackenzie is reluctant to return to the Midwest, this time to a starkly rural setting that reminds her too much of her upbringing, of her own ghosts in her closet. She also seeks her own father’s murderer, with darkness haunting her at every turn of her trip. Plunged deep into the world of farms, of silos, of slaughterhouses, of long stretches on empty highways, Mackenzie feels as if she’s falling back into the depths of her psyche, and into the nightmares she always feared to face.

In the deadly game of cat-and-mouse, she finally realizes the psychosis of the killer she is up against, and comes to realize that the land of her upbringing is holding even darker and more twisted horrors than she could imagine.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, BEFORE HE TAKES is book #4 in a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #5 in the Mackenzie White Mystery series is also now available!

Also available by Blake Pierce is ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige mystery—Book #1), a #1 bestseller with over 800 five star reviews!


  • Before he takes

    By kristinfromiowa
    I love the story and characters. I think some editing would make it better. As someone from Iowa, there were multiple instances where things were inaccurate or didn’t make sense.
  • This was a struggle to finish

    By gidey up
    I struggled reading this one. I live in Iowa and couldn’t get past that fact that not much research was done on the state. I realize this is fiction and supposed to be entertaining but we don’t have forests with winding back roads we are part of the central plains! We have mostly flatlands and fields with a few rolling hills depending on which part of the state you’re in. It’s my home and it was poorly depicted. I’m not crazy about the main character she is new to the FBI but so much better than seasoned agents?? Really? The story line was okay but seemed never ending I couldn’t wait for it to be done. Probably the last book I’ll read in this series.
  • Before he takes

    By Grandma Fox 85
    Great series of books. Love them all Grandma 🦊
  • What is wrong with this woman?

    By whozon1st
    Great story, but if Mackenzie doesn’t stop going into situations by herself, I’ll kill her myself! Too darn predictable. But still a good story. I liked it...
  • Before he takes

    By Needmoneynow
    Absolutely love all of these!
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