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My review

I wanted a fast whodunit which was not too serial killery with macabre descriptions. I have been hearing good things about this author D. K. Hood on the social media.

So armed with foreboding apprehension about reading a book which does have a serial killer concept, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not gruesome. It was actually a very entertaining and fast read, which kept me hooked. As the trend goes, young girls getting killed, laid out in poses, with flowers, each kill escalating, Sheriff Jenna Alton and Detective Dave Kane racing against time to get to the killer. The plot seems the same as so many books of today. The treatment is slightly different.

I liked the way the killer found the girls using technology, that was a great plot by the author. I enjoyed to see Detective Wolfe joining the group. He had mad technology and forensic skills. Some of the gadgets he modified, I want them too in real life. I liked the way the Sheriff department worked with everyone pulling their weight together. There was a good camaraderie between the cops.

What I didn’t like is the almost slow detective skills that the police show, there is no urgency which comes off the words. What I didn’t like is the way the main characters behave, I never understood if Jenna and Dave like each other. There is Dave mouthing off that Jenna is a good leader, I never found that. And lastly, what I didn’t like is the way this book reveals the identity of killers in book 1 by the same author. I would think twice to pick up book 1 as I already know what happens in that.

But what I did like is the way the story kept me stuck to it. I like the way the author kept the identity of the killer hidden till the very end. I liked the way this book took me away from the realities of life for a few hours. I liked the way I was eager to reach the end of the book, the blood fuelling interest which kept me hooked was euphoric. I needed that. So this book worked for me, and I would recommend it to all who like a good whodunit without the darkness in the words to describe in the crimes.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

Born in London U.K, I traveled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’m looking forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

Book blurb

Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.

With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.

Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.

The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living amongst them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.

As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …

Product Details

Publication date : 26th February 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

A thrilling whodunit

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  1. Great review as always. Wondering this time why there are some words in bold, almost to highlight something. Sorry to ask but I am curious as always 😉

    1. I always highlight words in my reviews. Many of us read many things on WordPress and expecting everyone to read every word is out of this world. So the highlights get my point across the book to the reader, without making it too cumbersome. Most of us don’t have time to read long posts… Hence the highlights

        1. 😊 thank you. Practical approach. I too realised I don’t like reading long posts. And if the post is long, highlights make them easier.

  2. Nice review in part. I read the first book and found it excellent. I wanted to know what happened next, how Jenna coped with her ordeal. I think the author keeping the reader up to date in book two is something I’d like to discover. I found it strange you would make such a hostile comment about something that is usual practice to link stories in a series. It’s not the author’s fault you didn’t read book one is it? I have my pre-order in for this story. I can’t wait to read it.

    1. I did not make a hostile comment. I just have written what I didn’t like about this book. All of us are not in a position to buy all the books at the right time. I didn’t mind knowing what happens to Jenna in book 1 but I can’t read book 1 as I know the identity of the killers.
      This is my review, my likes and my dislikes. I can write what makes sense to me.
      I found this comment of yours pretty hostile. We all like different things in a book. So to tell me all this especially when the author has a 4 star review and the author has herself acknowledged this review and liked it, feels damn hostile to me.
      The author did not have a problem with the review, neither should you. Also this is my blog, my review, my opinions.

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