After reading the previous novels in the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith (Watching the Bodies and Kindred Killers), I was thrilled to be able to read the third book, Past Echoes, as part of the blog tour for Bloodhound Books! Both of the previous novels were fast-paced, suspenseful, action-packed and led by brooding protagonist, Jake Boulder. Used to his drunken shenanigans and sarcastic banter, I was pleased that this novel showed us the softer, more personal side of Jake Boulder as he collides with a dead woman’s secret, his estranged father and a professional assassin.
So, first thing is first, I highly recommend reading the other two novels in the series before diving into this one. Not only are they fantastic bits of literature, but the storyline in this one directly ties into plot points from the first novels. I think it would be a little hard to follow without having that background knowledge.
I won’t go too much into the plot but there is one thing that I have said before, and I’ll say it again. I find Graham Smith’s writing to be unique like the work of Karin Slaughter. His prose is completely purposeful and done with taste; all of his graphic scenes add so much to the tone and nature of the text without being overdone or offensive. I found this to be true in Past Echoes, from shootouts to car chases, Smith lays down the action without it feeling distracting.
Overall, I found this instalment in the Jake Boulder series to be a little less action packed the prior two but I did appreciate the softer side of Boulder (mind you, he is no spring chick but more like a shark with half of it’s teeth removed- still a little bit scary but not as vicious!)
If you have not picked up this series yet, I would highly recommend adding it to your TBR pile. It does not disappoint!
Thanks to Bloodhound Books and the author, Graham Smith, for a copy of this novel. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review!
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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the The Kindred Killers blog tour!
The second book in the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith and published by Bloodhound Books, I was so excited to crack into this one! I had read the previous novel in the series, Watching the Bodies, earlier this year and I loved it. A fast paced, suspenseful, action packed story led by brooding protagonist, Jake Boulder; this one read like a police procedural novel…but better! I am not going to lie; I was expecting to be completely blown away by the second book in the series, especially since I loved the first one so much. I am glad to say that this book lived up to my expectations. Graham Smith blew me away with his intricate plot and non-stop action. I couldn’t read this one fast enough. Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Kindred Killers (Graham Smith) @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972”
Welcome to my stop on the Bloodhound Books blog tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James! I am thrilled to have read this book and to be able to provide you with a review!
I am a complete sucker for an abduction thriller; anything where people are held captive and live to survive the tale. Books like Room, Baby Doll, Method 15/33, and The Doll House stick with me long after I have read them. Now that I have finished The Second Captive, I would say this title would need to be added to that list! Fast paced and binge reading worthy; I finished this novel in a single afternoon.
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Welcome to my blog tour stop and Happy Publication Day to Enter the Dark, the newest heart-pounding thriller by Chris Thomas. Today, I am coming at you with a review.
I have always been fascinated by the concept of the dark net; a place for the worst undergroundling to trade and explore their sick fantasies. It is one of those concepts that you want to ignore but can’t help but approach with strange infatuation. This summer, one of my most anticipated reads is the August release of The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy so, needless to say, when Bloodhound Books sent me a synopsis of this Enter the Dark, it soared to the top of my TBR pile.
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So pleased to have you stop by for my post on the Eyes of the Accused blog tour!
The Eyes of the Accused is the second novel in the Ben Whittle Investigation series by Mark Tilbury. If you have not read the first in the series, The Revelation Room (my review for that one can be found HERE), have no fear. This novel can be easily read as a standalone.
This novel opens a few weeks after The Revelation Room left off. Ben Whittle, now a full-time member of his father’s investigative team, has recruited his friend (turned love interest) Maddie to join the business. Ben’s father, Geoff, recovering from his near death experience, is hesitant but decides to give her a chance. When they are contacted about a missing, pregnant woman and all signs point to Frank Crowley, Maddie goes undercover and comes face to face with an evil she has never experienced and more danger than she has ever known.
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Welcome to my stop on The Revelation Room, by Mark Tilbury, blog tour!
I had read a Mark Tilbury novel before (I LOVED The Abattoir of Dreams, you can check out my review for that one here) so I knew that this author was capable of writing a novel that would be fantastically written and chilling to the bone, a novel that would sit with you long after you have turned the final page. I am pleased to say, The Revelation Room did just that!
The first novel in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers! Part thriller and part twist on the police procedural novel, The Revelation Room provided a dark, fast paced, tension filled plot fueled with the inner-workings of a cult, completely messed up characters (like, seriously messed up) and dynamic prose to create one stellar, unputdownable read. I devoured this in a sitting.
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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bad Sons by Oliver Tidy! Thrilled to be able to give you an extract from Chapter 2 on my stop! First, here’s a bit about the book.
David Booker returns to Romney Marsh on the south coast of England for a holiday. He is expecting to spend time helping his aunt and uncle pack up the stock of their second-hand bookshop in preparation for a happy retirement.
He arrives in Dymchurch on a miserable April night to find his relatives missing without word or clue regarding their whereabouts.
As events unravel, the outlook of the local police pushes Booker to search for his own answers to the questions surrounding his family’s disappearance. To unravel the mystery he will have to put himself in danger.
Will Booker find the answers he needs and make it out alive?
Keep reading for an extract from the second chapter of Bad Sons!
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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Watching the Bodies, a Jake Boulder novel, by Graham Smith!
I have been very open on Clues and Reviews with my police procedural struggle. In general, I find them to be redundant and slow moving. However, Watching the Bodies broke all of my previous thoughts. Throughout my reading, I kept thinking to myself “this is what a police procedural style serial killer thriller is supposed to feel like!” (try saying that three times fast!). Mind you, Boulder isn’t technically a police officer, but it was close enough.
Fast paced, suspenseful, action packed and led by a stellar, brooding protagonist (Jake Boulder), I found myself unable to put this novel down. I finished it in a single sitting. I can tell you right now that my introduction to the work of Graham Smith will not be my last; I couldn’t get enough of Smith’s writing style!
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Welcome to my stop on The Girl on the Bus blog tour! So excited to be able to provide you with an extract from this book!
But first, check out the synopsis!
A retired detective and a young woman are about to face their worst fears.
Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her former friend and room-mate, Laurie, for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up and seems to have vanished.
Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter. Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice.
The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods he and Vicki track the killers who are working across the dusty freeways of North America.
Soon Vicki and Leighton find themselves nervously waiting at a remote bus stop expecting the arrival of the bus.
Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie?
And can they both escape with their lives?
I don’t about you, but the synopsis alone gives me a bit of anxiety! Keep reading for an exclusive excerpt!
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