Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1)

Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

FBI Agent Ella Dark 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. But when a serial killer strikes in the swamps of Louisiana, Ella soon comes to learn that the real thing is like nothing she ever expected.

“A MASTERPIECE OF THRILLER AND MYSTERY. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

GIRL, ALONE (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1) is the debut novel in a long-anticipated new series by #1 bestseller and USA Today bestselling author Blake Pierce, whose bestseller Once Gone (a free download) 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’s hidden obsession of gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of serial killers has led to her being singled out for her brilliant mind, and invited to join the big leagues.

But 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 page-turning and 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 flipping pages late into the night.

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Girl, Alone (An Ella Dark FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1) by Blake Pierce Book Reviews

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Without spoiling, it was really good. Hooks you from the beginning and just reels you in. Every second of it was worth it.


i loved the book. It had me up wanting to read more. and i am into murder mystery’s and serial killers, so it definitely did it’s justice!! i’m continuing with the series! (:

Exciting and full of thriller. It is such great storytelling, you can make a movie in your head!

Really good, easy to follow crime story with lots of heart and action

Girl Alone is an exceptional Ella Dark thriller. Ella is introduced as an FBI intelligence analyst who dreams of being a field agent. Asked to go into the field, Ella’s desire is realized. Utilizing her skills to track the killer with FBI Behavioral Analyst Mae Ripley. Their journey is fast paced, suspenseful, filled with twists and turn and intrigue. A great read.

This is a favorite of mine I just finished it,and I’m in love with the books.but I have a question,in the description it says that her sister died,she doesn’t have a sister,I think they meant the dad.(I just decided to mention this so other people weren’t confused)but if you like mystery this is the book for you,also there are 14 of them!Thank you for reading,and I’m so sorry for this long review

Absolutely amazing!!! I couldn’t put it down. Finished it in no time!

Good read!!!!I read more.

It wasn’t as good as I was hoping it to be. I would of like more Suspense .

I enjoyed this book. It was full of suspense and kept me on my toes. The grammar and editing of the book was poor. However, it didn’t stop me from reading it. I do love the character Ella. My favorite part about her is how she evolved throughout the book. Overall, it was entertaining and I’m interested in reading more books by this author.

Started reading by accident and Read in one sitting.

It’s usually very hard for me to read on my phone bc I rather have the physical book in hand but I could not stop reading this book. I loved it. 100% It felt as if I were working with them side by side.

Great read - just bought the second book. Thanks

Finished in 1 day. Amazing.

I loved the book, I’m going to read the series!

Such a great book recommend to everyone !

Yes there are a couple of errors but that does not change the fact of how good this book is! It’s a page turner and I hope the series continues to be this good!

I have no idea where these great reviews come from. This is horrible on so many levels. I would’ve been upset if I had paid for this. I couldn’t finish it. It reads as if a ten year old wrote it and that ten year old wrote about two other ten year olds playing pretend FBI Agents but not quite knowing what an FBI Agent is. Combine that immature writing with the obvious lack of research and the amount of missing words and it gets beyond frustrating.

Throughly enjoyed reading this book. I liked how it was showing that Ella was learning and wasn’t just a know it all from the beginning. I want to be an FBI Profiler so this also helped me learn some things. I will be continuing reading this series!!

Read it in 1 night! So good!

This book was honestly quite fascinating. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t disappointing! I will admit, it didn’t draw me in as much as other murder mystery books do, but it was still quite amazing! Some spelling and grammar errors here and there and rambling a little too much sometimes was what prevented me from fully being drawn into the story but I would still certainly recommend it! Great job!

Amateurish writing, misused words, trite phrasing. This is so bad on so many levels. Laughably sophomoric. Glad it was free.

This book was very intriguing and one I wound recommend. There are some writing errors that could have been fixed before publishing.

What happened to the security guard? Ella said no one would die that night but wasn’t the security guard dead?

I didn’t know who the killer was until the last chapter

Captivating and thrilling. I became connected to Dark and her story. Our “fascination” with serial killers joined us from the start.

I loved it! Want to continue the series

This reminder me of criminal minds and Reed. Love this book couldn't put it down.

This story was fantastic. The suspense was killing me. This is a must read for anyone who likes to read books about crimes.

I love this book, it had me on the edge of my seat every time

I loved reading this. I can’t wait to read the second one.

I have read a lot of your books and you do not disappoint. Love the suspense and ending. Thanks!

Form start to finish, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading, literally. I recommend the Keri Locke mystery series as well if you’re looking for a good mystery!

it was ok..i am confused by the description however… It states that Ella’s sister was murdered?? I didn’t read that. Her father was killed in the story.

Very good , well written, couldnt put it down.

Couldn’t stop reading🫣 I loved it and I’m not a big book reader. Well written not too much detail about everything but enough to keep you interested. I liked how you got both points of view and it wasn’t like a documentary it almost felt like you were in the story and being a detective with the ladies. I loved it 🤍

I’m not a big reader but this book had me.. hook line and sinker! Sometimes you can’t read fast enough lots of twists and turns

Great read! I could not put it down. Exciting from start to finish. Put it on one of your ‘must read’ lists. Now!

Rlly good mystery book!!;)

Suspenseful. A real life thriller!

Amazing! I was so captivated I couldn’t put the book down

Ella is likable, smart and courageous! Great character. Fast paced writing with only a few punctuated expletives-refreshing in this genre:)

Loved it!

Good read! Kept you interested ! Didn’t want to stop reading!!

First book I have ever read by Blake Pierce and I will be coming back. Kept me on the edge of my seat and reading to see what was going to happen next.

Don’t pass this book by, it’s fast paced and has a great plot. I was hooked right from the start and couldn’t wait to read more to figure out all the twists and turns. I’d give it 5+ stars if I could!!

I accidentally read the 5th book in this series, so I had to start from the beginning! So glad I did! Such a good read that will keep you guessing and wanting more!

Love the characters + their interactions, the storyline, law enforcement expertise and writing style. I’m hooked on this author, Blake Pierce. I have purchased several of his sequels after first reading a “freebie,” even though I don’t usually abide by sloppy editing. Rating would be five stars if proofreading were better. Sorry to be the Grammar Gestapo, but it’s insulting to the reader to have sooo many errors. Plus it shows a lack of pride in his own work. Ann E. Israelson

I almost skipped over this read, I am now very glad I did not. It was a good read with a thought out plot and reminded me that anyone you meet could be what the book was about, if your a serial reader you must read this one!

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This is one of the best crime books I’ve read in a while. It was very well written with very strong yet vulnerable female characters. It felt like I eas watching an episode of Criminal Minds.

Loved it.

It starts out pretty good, than it becomes ridiculous. The author insists on putting us on the wrong leg, while all the while it’s utterly useless, we already know it’s wrong. Also prodigy ok, but rookie is still rookie. Keep it flawed. The characters are fairly undynamic, boring and so bloody US serial drama… halfway I couldn’t take it anymore…

Overall a great book to read. Very suspenseful and full of twists and turns. I definitely want to keep reading this series!!

Great book! Kept me wondering right from the start! Ella Dark is fantastic!

A well written suspenseful read. Looking forward to the next book.

Suspenseful! Good read!

Spell binding book never wanted to put it down awesome read.

Good book with obvious flaws but an enjoyable read. To believe a town police force wouldn’t have enough cops to assist an FBI chasing a serial killer letting her go alone defies police procedures. Then after the security guard was murdered, Dark says at least no one died here tonight?!! Oops. Did he not count. Leaving the rookie in the house while all the other cops ran after ?? He was still in the house so who were they chasing. Why did she let the serial killer , once apprehended get so close to her? She ordered him on his knees hands on head. Next he hits her with the oak limb. I really like this author but a bit more attention to small details could’ve really made this a top notch thriller.

This was such a great read! Blake Pierce does it again!!! Thrills and breath holding at its best.

Good read

Great read with exciting and some very disturbing characters. Never a dull page.

Enjoyed it to the end.

I’ve never really been into thriller novels however I loved this book and I’m off to read the next one

I am not sure if the author is female or male. The use of all female main characters makes me lean towards the author being female. Unlike many others, this book is easy to read and enjoy. While the main characters are very capable, they are not built to be totally unbelievable or obnoxiously feminist. The book has a compressed time line. It does it without the reader feeling overwhelmed or annoyed. I found I was keen to pick it up to continue reading the story.

It was a good read thrilling from start to finish.

What a brilliant book that engages you straight away right through to the very end. Can’t wait to read book 2.

Please! There is nothing worse than breaking up your reading flow because of spelling errors , missing words etc.

Amazing read

I generally don’t like to stop reading mid way through a book but couldn’t stomach any more of this past about the halfway point. Just seems so cliched and boring and uninspired. Somewhat interesting idea for a killer but rest is just standard fare done way better most everywhere else. Can’t believe this is book one of like 6 or more. Will not be reading any further and I’m going so far as to delete the copy of book one I purchased, I disliked this so much I’ve bought about 2-3 books a month for years on iBooks and sadly only ever have made one other review I think and that was for a terrible read also. I don’t expect people to listen to my opinion on what’s great but hope I can help anybody from wasting time on drivel like this when there’s so much great stuff out there

Great read,I could picture the characters and felt their fear.Well written and a exciting read. Would recommend if you like a good thriller.

1.5 stars The author is American and has churned out at least 6 series of thrillers involving female protagonists with names like Avery, Riley, and Mackenzie. This represents of the start of yet another series involving rookie FBI agent Ella Dark. In brief Our gal had a bad childhood and has studied serial killers all her life, not because she wants to be one but because she wants to catch those suckers. She gets sidelined into clerical /research jobs in law enforcement until one day, one evening in fact, the (male) director of the behavioural unit plucks her from obscurity to look into a fresh case of female dismemberment down in Louisiana. The thing that distinguishes Ella’s elevation from that of another Southern gal from a broken home named Clarice, is that she’s paired up with an experienced female agent, not a male one, in this instance a cynical fifty-something, hard drinking, yet extremely fit looking gal named something or other, who says there’s nothing to indicate a serial killer apart from all the bodies that keep showing up. (A significant factor, I would have thought, but hey, what would I know? I’m no detective, just an old white guy.) Our gal sees the pattern though. The killer is restaging the modus operandi of other North American serial killers, some better known than others, all the while building to his piece de resistance: Bundyland. Can she stop him in time? Writing Better edited than the previous effort I read by Ms Pierce but the same breathless, high school writer style, riddled with plot and character inconsistencies. Bottom line I read it because it was free, okay? An extra half star for the concise summaries of how the various serial killers did their thang, which saved me having to go to Wikipedia. Judging by the number of positive reviews of this, and the author’s many other books, on Goodreads, other people feel differently to me.


Another great series, writing about a new FBI agent finding her feet twists and turns with each page

Blake Pierce has a way of drawing you into the lead characters own skin. You feel really involved in solving the crime scene before the characters. A pleasure to find this author, I will be reading more in the series.

Another great story. Thank you Blake

So entertaining, loved it would deffo read again!!❤️

An excellent book from beginning to end. Thoroughly captivating.

Awesome read from first to last page

Definitely worth reading

What a gripping book, took me 3days to read!!

The premise of the story is unique but the telling of it lacks sophistication

Compelling you from the moment you start too read the book ….48hrs to finish the story and I am hooked from every novel wrote….looking forward to the next …thank you for your mind and knowledge to compel writing of such skill

Brilliant start to finish

Fantastic read, couldn’t wait to start the next book

I couldn’t put this book down, I normally struggle to read books but this I managed in two days, it sparked my interest through its mention of well known killers but added extra chill and suspense, would highly recommend!

A very good read kept me intrigued all they way through. Some good twists

Wow had me hooked I loved it 😊 I’m so glad I didn’t pass by the book I will definitely be reading more

It was brilliant couldn’t put away I’m hooked

Really good book, leaving you guessing throughout. Definitely recommend!

A damn good read!

I could not put this book down. Great book - great author. Excited to read book 2…

Despite the few grammatical errors this book was exciting, captivating, and had me gripped from the first chapter. Great story!

Loved the way Ella starts out wanting to be an fbi profiler whilst being an analyst and her chance arrives with her hero in the field becoming her mentor. With bodies piling up it’s clear she needs to earn her stripes and fast! Along the way she battles a violent but organised killer who gives her more trouble than she’d imagined. Books don’t always tell the whole tale. Fortunately this one does. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will read more in the series.

Great book but so many grammatical errors & misplaced words!

Excellent book.. really enjoyed it, couldn’t put it down Great author..!

Fast paced, exciting action with believable, sympathetic, smart female characters leading the way. Loved this and finished it within hours of starting. Now on to books 2, 3, 4….and more. Once you discover writing this good, you just have to read more.

Easy but captivating read!

I feel like this was a good base start to the series, something that opens the door and invites you in while giving you a good crime story. Definitely recommend.

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Ingenious plot

First time for everything, this book was one of the good only books I have read in less than a week. Away to go Blake! Great story and great plot!

The plot was beautiful!! At first, I thought this book was going to be about a detective gone rouge, but Ella Dark is one of a kind. Her intelligence, personality, and background are relatable to all types of readers. Though I thought the book was way too short, the authors flow of writing made me completely over look it. This book is an amazing read for young adults and up, or if your just wetting your toes into the suspense thriller genre.

This Book didnʻt mention anything about Ellaʻs sister being murdered. It only mentioned her fatherʻs murder. There were many typos but the Book was great to read.

Ridley and Ella are very believable characters I hope they continue to work together in the future books in this series. Ella steps up to solve these copycat murders with a seasoned FBI agent. Kept you guessing till the very end.

Definitely a page turner!! I loved it so much!

I picked this book because of the cover art and I was hooked after reading the prologue! I read this book in less ten a week and loved every minute of it! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dark thrillers!!!!

I couldn’t stop reading this book! It was so good! Excited to see what book 2 holds!

Fast paced, liked new character and looking forward to Book 2.

Amazing so many books are written about serial killers when so few are reputed to exist. Exciting book about a rookie FBI agent pursuing a serial Killer copycat.

Definitely a page turner suspense thriller. You didn’t want to stop reading. Highly recommend to be added to your reading list.

Love reading stories from this author..BUT….couldn’t finish this one , it was just to GOREY & in some places to much BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!!

There are a few grammatical errors.

Excellent thriller! Keeps you on your seat till the end!

The story goes into a lot of details about what it takes to catch a serial killer and the journey along the way. Definitely a nice read

The plot line of this book is phenomenal, however at times the characters and commentary are very cheesy. This book emulates “girl boss” energy which is a turn off. But nonetheless a good and quick read

I haven’t read Blake Pierce in a while and I was so engrossed into the story, I forgot who the author was. It seems Pierce has finally taken review advice and hired a proper editor, as I only noticed a couple of typos in this book. I’m actually considering buying the next in the series. Ella Dark reminds me of some of Pierce’s early works that I really enjoyed.

Great Read!

I thought it was good reading and kept you involved. A few things kept it from being accurate. Not taking a picture of Dr. Richard’s to Alex to confirm that he was the person that attacked him would have been the obvious police move, but I understand that the author wanted to prolong this. And not having the subject lay flat on the floor with palms up and ankles crossed while she waited for backup is the proper police procedure but this again would have prevented the one on one struggle that the author wanted. Still, it kept me turning pages wanting me to keep reading. I enjoyed it!

This book had me reading so much anxiously that I usually find some fault with editing or misspelled words but in this book I didn’t find anything because I was so engrossed in reading. Loved it and look forward to reading the next book. Ole grandma

I thought I had figured it out, but it really sent me through another whirl.. happy to have found a good read.. finished in one day!

This is the first book I’ve read in a long time that had me hooked from beginning to end! Love it!

Page turning detail. Recommend 10/10 times.

This book was great from start to finish! If you enjoy novels about profilers you will love this one. Concentrates on the main characters and storyline and keeps you hooked!


I get tired of reading in every book I read where the girls always have a strand of hair put behind their ear. All in all I Love this guys writing A few surprises. I just don’t like her letting a perp get her gun❗️❗️❗️

Enjoyed this from start to finish.

So many flaws in plot and the editor should have been fired for a job poorly done. Disappointing. Spoiler alert: first time I’ve read a thriller where the killer ends up to be totally random, no name, no back story, and with no connection to any other character in the story.

Edge of your seat reading. There are lots of twists and turns that keep guessing until the end. Suspense and intrigue abound in this story. Interesting and entertaining characters. Hard to put down. Good read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Loving this new series from Blake! Ella has worked her way up through the ranks and has finally made it into the FBI. Although not where she wants to be within the organization, she bides her time and focuses on excelling at her job until that time comes. Finally, she is abruptly asked to take part in a new program where she can become a field agent and she takes her chance to be paired up with a seasoned agent and work through a case. With this being Ella’s first case, she has a lot to learn, but we see early on that she really is on the right track and has the right mindset. As she works through the case and murders continue to happen, she and her new partner work together to stop the killer as quickly as possible. This was a great first book in a series – it introduces us to not only Ella but also her partner and gives us small backstories on both of them to where we understand them but there is so much more involving them. Ella, for example, has nightmares reliving her father’s murder from when she was a child, and I can’t wait to see her expand on it and if one day she will finally investigate that (like another series and character from Blake)! Can’t wait for the next book! I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

¡Another great addition to this series.. The mystery is well plotted. I was surprised at the amount of action but it was appropriate to the story. Ella has a desk at the FBI. She's asked to go out in the field to track a serial killer because of her ability to find patterns others miss. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Love this new series from Pierce! If this first book is any indication of the rest of the series, this will by far one of favorites. Great characters and twisted storyline made this quite a page-turner.

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