07 March 2024

8 down | excerpt + giveaway

about the book

8 bodies down.

8 more lives at stake.

Investigator Carrie Kintz is new blood with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage. But with a serial killer on the loose, there’s no easing into the job. It’s sink or swim. The only clues to help law enforcement stop this madman are the taunts he drops into crossword puzzles across the country–always in the same 8 DOWN position.

Carrie is desperate to prove her worth to the force and the community by catching the killer. But when she discovers signs that these deaths are just the tip of the iceberg in a frighteningly elaborate cyberattack, it’s time to admit she needs help.

Calling in security specialist Scott Patteson for his expertise seems like the right move–until Carrie realizes that he may be a dangerous distraction for her heart. With her faith fading in the face of horror and uncertainty and her career in danger of ending, this is no time for flirtation.

But with a killer who is determined to prove that he’s smarter than everyone else, it may be impossible to fight both the madman and their feelings for each other…

Put on your parkas as we head into a cold world of cybercrime, and hang on for the ride! Kimberley Woodhouse once again takes us on a nail-biter of a ride, and you won’t want to quit until you’ve read the last page!” –Jaime Jo Wright, author of The Lost Boys of Barlowe Theater

“An amazing, breath-stealing, knuckle-biting thrill of a ride!” –Lynette Eason, award-winning, best-selling suspense author

publisher: kregel publications
release date: february 20, 2024

other books in the series


“Hey, Jase—it’s me, Scott, again.” It hadn’t been more than forty-five minutes since they spoke. Scott was doing his best to push that conversation to the back of his mind. His personal life wasn’t relevant right now. There were other lives on the line.

“Hey, look, I know this isn’t easy—”

“A man was killed this morning.” Scott threw the words out. Easier to change the subject and get to business. “I need you to fill me in on a few details about the cyberattack up there a few months ago. Didn’t someone try to kill you and Darcie by hacking traffic lights?”

“Yep. I can still feel the bruises. Had to have surgery on my shoulder twice.” Jason’s voice changed and met the gravity of the situation. “Whatcha need to know?”

about the author

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than thirty books and novellas, including A Deep Divide, Bridge of Gold, and The Mayflower Bride, as well as the coauthor of the Heart of Alaska series with Tracie Peterson. Kimberley’s writing has earned a Carol Award, the Christian Market Novel of the Year, the Holt Medallion, and many others. A proud former resident of Alaska, she now lives and writes in Colorado where she’s traded in her hat of “Craziest Mom” for “Nana the Great.”

Connect with Kimberley by visiting kimberleywoodhouse.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive signed copies of 26 Below and 8 Down, bookmarks, and other book-related goodies!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 6, 2024 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on March 13, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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tour schedule


  1. I loved 26 Below and can't wait to read 8 Down, thanks so much for posting about this book

  2. Lynsay F7/3/24 09:53

    Can't wait to read.

  3. thanks for spotlighting 8 Down today!

  4. Definitely going to be an edge-of-the-seat kind of read.