The Body Count Keeps Rising in Alex Kava’s ‘Hidden Creed’ [REVIEW]

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Not even nature can keep secrets buried forever. (Photo courtesy Canva)

The dead are meant to stay buried. The graves were hidden for a reason. And the one who put them there will do whatever it takes to ensure that Ryder Creed and his dogs fail to crack the case. Which side will triumph? Find out in Alex Kava’s Hidden Creed.

Prairie Wind Publishing

The sixth installment of the Creed series opens as Ryder’s scent dog Grace finds a shallow grave concealed in an isolated part of Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest. Ryder tells his sister Brodie—whom he recently found after she spent 16 years in captivity—to return to his compound and call the authorities.

Little does Ryder know, the killer follows his sister back home. But Brodie is not easy prey. Instead, she relies on the survival skills she learned while captive to reach her destination unscathed.

Meanwhile, Ryder’s dogs continue their search at the crime scene, only to discover even more remains buried in the forest. It doesn’t take long for the investigative team to realize they are dealing with a treacherous killer, one who has successfully kept heinous crimes secret for far too long.

The day I received the book in the mail, I ripped off the packaging to reveal Alex Kava’s latest novel, Hidden Creed, my hands shaking with excitement. I turned to my husband and said, “I know what I am going to be doing after dinner!” Although every Creed novel ends much too quickly in my opinion, I thoroughly enjoy leaving real life behind for a few hours to immerse myself in Creed’s world, and to see what shenanigans he and his K-9 companion Grace are up to now.

As I read this series, I always enjoy finding out more about Kava’s characters. This time out, I was hoping to understand FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell’s psyche on relationships. Kava does not disappoint. But she isn’t the only cast member who shines here. Another character I really like is quirky newcomer, Medical Examiner Vickie Kammerer. As ME, Vicki’s interplay with Maggie, Brodie and Ryder is so entertaining and fun, it makes the story a joy to read.

If you’re someone who worries that this tale might be too gory for you, there is no need to fret. The scenes are not graphic. Rather, they are filled with fascinating bugs, liquids and smells that are sure to have readers wanting more.

Once again, Kava weaves an intricate storyline which unfolds as a suspenseful, pulse-pounding page turner you will not be able to put down. This time, however, we are introduced to a killer who uses the forest to bury his dead, yet is unable to escape the burial ground himself. If you’re searching for a thriller that keeps you guessing and immerses you in richly drawn settings populated by fascinating characters, you won’t want to miss Alex Kava’s riveting new chapter in the Creed saga, Hidden Creed. Enjoy!

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Alex Kava is the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of 20 novels that include the critically acclaimed Ryder Creed series with his K9 dogs and the international bestselling Maggie O’Dell series.

She’s the recipient of the Nebraska Book Award, a Florida Book Award and the Mari Sandoz Award.

Published in 34 countries, her novels have sold millions of copies and have made the bestseller lists across the world. She is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and a founding member of International Thriller Writers.

Kava and her pack of Westies (none of them as well trained as Ryder’s dogs) divide their time between Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida.

For events and updates, she invites readers to join her VIR Club (Very Important Readers) at, to like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

By Alex Kava
352 pp. Prairie Wind Publishing. $27.99

Purchase Hidden Creed direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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