It takes an obsessive mind to know one, and Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he's been stalking. He's devoted every waking minute as a profiler to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He's pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in... read more
Alex and Jessica Price were the children of two migratory workers. Then one night they were kidnapped. They would never see their parents again. Their new home was not a place any child would want to grow up in. Their mother had invented her own religion combining many religions and... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Alex and Jessica Price were the children of two migratory workers. Then one night they were kidnapped. They would never see their parents again. Their new home was not a place any child would want to grow up in. Their mother had invented her own religion combining many religions and frequently took them down to the old root cellar for punishment for things that were by no means wrong. One night Alex and Jessica escaped. They then started a new life, they never told anyone about their past because they wanted to protect their "mother". They were very young when they were kidnapped so they didn't remember their real parents so the very people that kidnapped them seemed almost like parents. Their new life was going very well. Jessica was overcoming her horrid childhood and Alex was going to seminary school to become a priest. Unfortunately Alex's views on religion were different because of his "mother's" religion. He got kicked out of seminary school and from there his life took a turn for the worse. He began doing things that struck Jessica as odd. She feared his childhood was getting to him. Then one day he was gone. She knows she won't be able to find Alex unless he wants her too, so she moves on in life. She changes her name to Lori Ames and starts working for the FBI.
Lori gets on the case of a serial killer. Also on this case is Daniel Clark. They call the killer Eve. He is a pattern killer that has killed sixteen women. His victim is always a somewhat religious woman. When he kills goes along with the lunar cycle. He always takes the victim to a cave or basement. Here he kills them with what is believed to be a form of meningitis. He always writes Eve on the wall in blood and stays by the scene to make sure they die. There is always evidence left behind, but it never leads them any further. He always leaves behind a white van, a cherry coke, and candy wrappers. These clues never get the FBI any closer to Eve's true identity because Eve is a very careful pattern killer.
Then one day the FBI gets a call from a police department, they have found a white van, and they are entering the part of the lunar cycle when Eve kills. Daniel, Lori, and many others from the FBI head to the scene. They find the usual, only this time the victim is still alive. Daniel and Lori immediately rush the victim to the nearest hospital, but before they leave the scene a man steps into the middle of the road in front of the car. Daniel knows it must be Eve because he always sticks around. He gets out of the car pulls out his gun but before he can get a shot off Eve shoots him. Eve then makes his way towards Lori. She is still trying to keep the victim from dying, but luckily others from the FBI come and Eve flees the scene with the victim. Daniel has been shot in the head. Daniel is rushed to an ambulance where they try desperately to revive him. Everyone but Lori gives up and them Daniel miraculous is revived. He now holds a key clue to the case: what Eve looks like. However because of the trauma during his near death experience this image is locked away in his mind.The FBI later finds the victim in another nearby cave, dead. They run an analysis and the same results are found. They search the scene and the same results are found. There are no new clues. The only hope of stopping Eve and saving the next victim is the image locked in Daniel's mind.
Daniel was married to a woman named Heather. They had been divorced for two years. She divorced him because of his obsession with the Eve case, but they both still love each other and Heather is now obsessed with the Eve case, secretly. Eve finds out and she becomes his next victim. She is kidnapped and Daniel knows the only way to save her from certain death is the image locked in his mind. He tries a small dose of DMT, a chemical released during near death experiences. He does this to try to remember the image of Eve. All he sees is a outline of Eve's face (like on the cover of the book), this image continues to haunt him and he has nightmares every night with figure saying "I see you, Daniel." He wakes up screaming so he starts putting duck tape over his mouth at night. He even has these "attacks" during the day. Since the small dose of DMT doesn't work he decides to get even closer to death to save Heather. So Lori puts him into cardiac arrest for a minute and then brings him back. This still doesn't help. He tries again and this time Eve tells him to "go south". So Daniel heads south he gets several calls from Eve on the way to guide him to Eve's location. He is lead to a root cellar. This root cellar is where Alex and Jessica were whipped as children. He gets there and finds Heather in a old root cellar. Then Eve captures Daniel, but he takes Heather away from the root cellar and releases her. Now its up to Heather with a little help from Lori to save Daniel because Eve said no FBI or he would kill Daniel right away and Eve always keeps his promises. Then they make a break on the case. They figure out Eve's real name is Alex Price. Then they find the priest that taught him while he was still in seminary school. He gives them some of the things he wrote in school and from that they find out about the root cellar. Heather was blindfolded so they had to figure out where it was. So Heather heads off to save Daniel. She gets there and he is in terrible shape. He seems possessed so she goes and gets the priest. They come back and he seems fine but then Eve shows up too. It turns out that Eve doesn't use meningitis to kill his victims. He doesn't kill them Eve possesses them which then kills them. Lori comes in and reveals that she is Alex's sister. This somehow seems to calm the situation down and eventually Daniel is saved and the pattern serial killer in found.
“'I worked hard to keep you alive!' she lowered her arms and strode past him, jaw firm. 'You have no idea what you're asking.'”Lori
“'What if I can't bring you back?' She looked into his eyes. 'Seventy-five percent-' '-is a risk I'm willing to take. You can bring me back.'”Lori then Daniel
“Daniel was alive.”
“You don't catch a methodical pattern killer who's left a trail of fifteen victims across nine states without a lot of help.”Daniel
“I have seen the face of evil, and if not for the grace of God himself, I would have cut my own throat so as not to face it ever again.”Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
And this last, singular truth was what now swarmed his mind, spinning around the darkness. He wasn’t meant to be separated from the light. The light. Everything he’d rejected for so long was now his only hope.Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
their possession usually revolves around a single fixation. Denial of morality. Obsession with gender. Profound disbelief. Any one of a number of ideas that start in the mind and work their way into the heart.”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
“Destroying all forms of light is evil’s primary occupation. Its secondary purpose is to do so without being detected. I would say that every human brushes up against the most abject form of evil at least once a day. But they might notice only once every ten years.”Highlighted by 10 Kindle customers
“If we all recognized evil for what it is, the world would be a utopia, yes. But the Maker of all this is winning handily despite our ignorance. There’s cheering, not cowering, in his corner.”Highlighted by 9 Kindle customers
Ask any clergy with experience—or ask a priest named Father Seymour—and you will learn that the victims of demon possession are always willing participants, though they rarely recognize their willingness until much later. You will learn that evil tends to target those who are least suspicious of its power. And you will learn that evil will go to unreasonable lengths to remain hidden.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
“Debates about the existence of Satan and God are the stuff of foolish children who are arguing about whether the world ends at the tree line in their backyard. An afternoon adventure into the woods would settle the matter for them. Take a trip with me, sir. I’ll show you the forest. And when you start to scream, I promise to hold your hand.”Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
He was not meant to be alone. He knew that now, like an eyeball staring at a razor blade closing in knows it is not meant to be sliced.Highlighted by 7 Kindle customers
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The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life … As quoted by John the Apostle John 10:10Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
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