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.
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 …
Publication date : 26th February 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A thrilling whodunit