08 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Mortal Choices (Volume 1) by D E Newcomb

First, this was an awesomely written and laid out book. Well thought out and well put together. I loved the easy breezy read of this mystery/thriller. It is the type of book you take with you on vacation because it’s easy to read and you’ll probably plow through it in just a few hours because it’s just brain candy.

It suffers a bit of an identity crisis though. While I loved the story, it couldn’t decide it if was going to be a hard core serious thriller (like Brown) or if it wanted to be a campy fun thriller (like Evanovich). There was a little too much cheese in it to be taken seriously (especially with the seemingly forced relationship department and the odd off-shoot of the brother-in-law situation) BUT it was also too serious to be considered campy fun.

Having said that, I was able to put that aside and really did enjoy the book. I read it quickly and blazed through to the end to see if who I think “done it” had – the answer was yes, sorta. Hmmm… you’ll have to read it for yourself to see.

I loved the setting for the book, the author did a good job of describing it, without spending too much time there and bogging us down. It was just enough to tell us where we were (funeral home, downtown riding in a car, in an alley, whatever).

Overall, recommended highly for those thriller readers – nothing gross in this one and a good thrill ride.

Amanda Miller, an inquisitive journalist, is looking for distraction from a troubled home life when she crosses paths with Detective Terry Walkingstick, newly promoted and eager to prove himself.

Local police have just linked the disappearance of several area residents. A task force is created to investigate, but no one yet realizes a killer is hunting on the quiet suburban streets, snatching his victims without witnesses and seemingly at random.

When Terry and Amanda join forces, following the scant leads available, they discover what may be the elusive link between the missing people.

Can a decades-old fire really be the connection? And why do so many trails lead back to a local funeral home? Was a cunning serial killer forged in that fire?

The couple’s independent investigation uncovers leads and evidence, landing them in the middle of the case and in a killer’s crosshairs.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 9

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