Book Review – Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond

The blurb promised me a connection between Jack the Ripper and the new 2010 serial killer who roamed the streets of Seville, Spain, each belonging to the powerful organization of the Freemasons.

My first book by Sharlene Almond, the story had me delving into the pages to get to the good parts of this mystery which seemed haunting with women disappearing and the cops receiving their heart in a box with the number 6 carved on them. The book had the right amount of gruesomeness that I liked without going overboard in its graphics.

Written central to the plot was Annabella, a deaf woman who was talented in reading micro expressions, she sure did help the cops. And she seemed to have seen the head honcho of the Free Masons. I loved her interaction with cop Valero… I could detect a slight hint of sexual tension between them, and that made me long for more scenes between them.. But alas..

The plot itself was gripping, I was left grappling with the Guess Who aspect of the story. It had its enticing moments with some chapters going into the year 1888 with Jack the Ripper’s POV.

But the entire delivery of the book failed, it had so many timelines, without the headings, so many POVs without a title, and Annabella’s story going into first person, including her childhood memories without telling us the identity of the child crying for mummy… I came to know much later… It was most frustrating… I came very close to DNFing it. Annabella who was the most interesting of them all, had hardly any role, that disappointed me..

Only the idea and symbolism of the Freemasons and the need to unveil the identity of the abuser made me read the entire story. So those were enjoyable and my rating was only for those parts.

I received a digital copy from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart.

I have a diploma in Body Language and Criminology, enabling me to explicitly portray my main character. Living in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs and partner, I enjoy watching documentaries about history and conspiracy theories, giving me ideas for my next books. At 30 years old, I have a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Freelance Journalism, and Editing and proofreading; giving me the ability to better understand the human mind, writing about it in a comprehensive manner.

I have also started up two additional websites: Body, Mind and Health services –

And Animal Health and Welfare Services:

Both websites are based around my qualifications in Counselling, Personal training, human and animal nutrition, Animal behaviour and Natural therapies.


Amazon Author page







Two men from two different generations, both initiated into a powerful organization that throughout history has sought control and uses their power for destruction. They leave behind a wake of murder, manipulation and ancient secrets. The first man wreaks havoc in and around the Whitechapel district of London, England in the 19th century. While the other stalks his victims in the cosmopolitan city of Seville, Spain in the 21st century; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers—Jack the Ripper.

Publication date : 1st January 2015

Publisher : Whiskey Creek Press


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15 thoughts on “Book Review – Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond

      1. I get frustrated when that is the case. Typically I DNF a book like that. However, I try to give some a chance. They don’t usually get better.

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