Creatures of Appetite by Todd Travis

Book Description:

Published: February 5, 2014

They call it The Heartland Child Murders.

Everyone else calls it a nightmare. Locked doors don’t stop him. He leaves no trace behind. He only takes little girls.

His nickname… The Iceman.

A deranged serial killer roams wintry rural Nebraska with a demented purpose no one can fathom. Special Agent EMMA KANE, a former DC cop and damaged goods now with the FBI, is assigned to babysit burnt-out profiler JACOB THORNE, once the best in the business but now said to have lost his edge, as they both fly to Nebraska to catch this maniac.

Thorne is erratic, abrasive and unpredictably brilliant, but what he and Kane find in the heartland is much more than anyone bargained for, especially when the Iceman challenges them personally.

The clock is ticking and a little girl’s life is on the line.

And maybe even more with that, once they find out what he’s really up to.


This book has frank and profane adult language within… this is often how many a law enforcement officer speaks, in my experience. Not all, but many, very many.

The book also has violence and adult situations, but the profanity is the only thing that some folks have been noting, for some odd reason, so I’m warning you now that it has profanity.

Review –

This is a story of a serial killer in the Heartland who kills young girls, usually ages 7-12. Two FBI agents are sent to help the local authorities because Thorne, a very gruff man, who has no friends and doesn’t want any, has the uncanny knack of solving crimes just like this one. Kane, on the other hand, wants to be more than a pretty face and body and earn some respect after having had a bad situation on her last job with the DC police, where she ending up killing three men.

This book is gruesome and very dark in parts but it not overly done and fits perfectly in the context of the storyline.

I won’t give anything away because if you are a fan of murder mysteries with a twist THIS BOOK IS A MUST. The ending alone will make you shake your head and say WTF just happened.  

I loved this book.