I Hunt Killers book review

Hunt KillersWhat if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could–from the criminal’s point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.
In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret–could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

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Ani’s Book Review

This book is one of those that will follow you for a while after reading it. It’s disturbing in its details into the mind of a killer. More so than the descriptive remembrances of the serial killings, the thoughts behind the killings were brutally clear and without conscience. This all coming from the serial killer’s 17 year old son who was taught as his father’s knee from the time he was a toddler to when his father was caught by the local sheriff at 13.

This story is too engrossing to put down even with the disturbing crimes that are detailed therein. Barry Lyga does a fantastic job of keeping the story that of a teenager rather than focusing on the crimes. How is Jazz dealing with having a serial killer for a dad? How does he have friends or get through school? All of these questions pale when posed with the question, is Jazz a killer? That’s what he was brought up to be – his father’s protege and right hand man. You can’t help but feel sorry for Jazz but then he considers how he could easily kill so-and-so and how he’d do it with such clarity that you begin to wonder how sane he really is. This is a coming of age story at it’s scariest. I loved it and can’t wait to read the sequel: Game. Click on one of the images below to investigate further…

The Fallen Body Excerpt & Giveaway

thefallenbodyRelease date: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Xlibris

BOOK DESCRIPTION
Taylour Dixxon, a modern day small-town lawyer in the beautiful hilly country of Central Texas, befriends Sarah Cockrell Baines, a New Jersey socialite and millionairess.

As their friendship begins, Sarah is arrested for the murder of her husband and is put into jail. When Taylour volunteers to defend Sarah, she has no idea that her struggling solo practice in the sleepy, fictional, small town of Marlinsville, Texas, will be turned upside down.

From a lovable, adolescent nephew who moves in with her, to a hired assassin who is determined to hide the truth, and a handsome Texas Ranger who becomes the object of affection in a love triangle between the two friends, Taylour’s life will never be the same.goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47

About the Author
Stone Patrick is a pseudonym for Taylor Stonely, who has a day job working for a financial services company. He received a BS degree from Brigham Young in 1991 and an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix in 2002. He currently resides in north Texas with his wife and four children. While he is a frequent blogger on his website,www.taylorsbookpub.com, “The Fallen Body” is his debut suspense novel.

Excerpt:

Just as Taylour was about to pick up her fork and dive in, Sarah asked if she could say grace.

“Lord, we thank thee for this meal that thou hast provided, and the hands that have helped prepare it. We thank thee, Father, for all that thou hast given us this day. For old friendships, and new.” She squeezed Taylour’s hand, and continued.

“Lord, we now ask thee to watch over us, to protect us from evil, and to keep us always on the path of righteousness.” Taylour cleared her throat and swallowed. Sarah continued.

“Finally, Lord, we ask thee to–“

The front door slammed open. It rocked the foundation with such force that it nearly broke off the hinges. Men in black streamed in, guns pointing and sweeping the corners. Yells of “Texas Rangers, don’t move!” reverberated off the walls. Taylour dived under the table, but Sarah remained seated, unmoving. The lead shooter aimed his weapon squarely at Taylour’s head, and then shouted, “Get up! Get up off the floor! Now!”

Taylour hastened to comply, her hands behind her head. “What is going on?”

Sounds of “Clear!” throughout the house, but no one answered Taylour’s question, which seemed to hang in the air.

“I demand to know what is going on here!”

“All clear!” yelled the lead shooter, and then a tall man with thick gray hair emerged. He was wearing a non-descript suit and tie, with a slight bump under his right arm. He had a small but distinctive scar on his right temple. He replaced his Glock 17 into his chest holster with his left hand and marched towards Taylour with his badge in his right hand, which he promptly put back in his pocket. Taylour’s blood boiled, and just as she was about to let out another protest, he stopped her with his index finger. “Are you Sarah Baines?” he asked.

“What? There’s no Sarah Baines–“

“How did you find me?”

They both turned to see Sarah, still seated. Her hands were flat on the table, and she sat unmoving, not from fear, but from acceptance of her fate. She finally pushed herself away and asked again, “How did you find me so quickly?”

The tall man pulled a photo from his suit pocket. He squinted at the photo, then back at Sarah.

“You changed your hair. It used to be platinum blond, if this picture is accurate.” Sarah’s hair was black, jet black, and she had it cut to the length of her shoulders. A feeling of dread came over Taylour. Who is this person?

The tall man motioned for Taylour to sit down. “Philip Davidson, Texas Rangers. We have been looking for a fugitive, someone by the name of Sarah Baines, a.k.a. Sarah Cockrell. She is sitting at this table, and I am here to arrest her.”

“On what charges, Mr. Davidson?” Taylour said.

“Are you her lawyer?” he smirked.

“As a matter of fact, I am.”

Sarah looked at Taylour with pleading in her eyes. Taylour gave her a curt nod, set her jaw, and leaned towards Philip Davidson, staring him straight in the eye.

He squinted right back at Taylour and gave her a hard smile. Without looking in Sarah’s direction, he said crisply, “Sarah Cockrell Baines, you are under arrest for the murder of Neal Baines, your husband.”

 

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April 2014 At-a-Glance

April has been so busy and I can hardly remember all of the books I’ve read.  I hope you find something that catches your fancy – there is a good variety this month.

Bride chocolateThe Bride Wore Chocolate by Shirley Jump Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance. Candace is avid an planner and part owner of a gift basket company plus she’s getting married in 2 weeks. But one thing after the next happens to put her wedding in jeopardy. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger throws her organized world into chaos, can she trust herself to make the right decision, and keep to her vows? This was a sweet little story and I mean sweet. Lots of chocolate and I think the main reason I wanted to read it – the recipes. They all sounded decadent and yummy. I won’t be deleting this book from my kindle anytime soon – I’ve got to try out some of them desserts! Get it!

GildedGilded by Christina Farley Genre: YA Urban Fantasy. Korean-American Jae Hwa Lee has been uprooted from her home in LA to live Seoul in Korea due to her father’s promotion. She soon comes to find herself at the heart of a centuries old myth where a demi-god steals the first born daughter of every generation – and she’s up next! Very interesting Check out my full post.Get it!

Born ConfusedBorn Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier Genre YA, Contemporary fiction. Indian-American Dimple Lala is going through some identity issues being a teenager as well as one of the only Indian’s (south asian) at her school. When her parents try to set her up with a “suitable boy” she begins to have her eyes opened about what it means to be Indian, American, and a teenager, and most of all: herself. This was actually a very good book. Funny and full of teen angst. See my full post here or get it now!

Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance Daughter timeby Sarah Woodbury. This is the story of a mother and her 2 year old daughter who somehow end up in the 12th century Whales and into the lap of Prince Llywelyn. Not-quite-whacky hijinks ensue. This was an ok read . Definitely not my favorite romance or time travel novel. It just seemed to lack the intensity that those situations should invoke I guess. On the bright side, it was very historically accurate and a clean romance suitable for all ages. Check it out.

Love Me Anyway Love me anywayby JL Redington Genre: Contemporary Mystery. Forest Ranger Greyson Beauchene lives, works and breathes Deanli National Park. He meets up with FBI profiler Aspen O’Connell when hikers discover a casket. Sparks fly between them while they try to find the serial killer before he harms his next victim. I really was interested in this story from the beginning but by the end I didn’t feel as much for any of the characters. It was a well written, quick read with a nice ending but just not developed enough for me to read the other books in the series. Check it out.

Crashed byCrashed Dawn Robertson Genre: Adult Romance. Emily and Avery meet when she gets into a car crash and he, fireman and paramedic, pulls her to safety. Emily has a mild case of amnesia but somehow remembers the hot (ha ha ha) fireman who rescued her. All is not perfect though – Emily has a stalker and Avery’s mother dies. Can their budding relationship withstand these trials? Crashes was a fun book to read. It was a hot (again, ha ha ha) romance at times a little sweet for me but also funny and surprisingly had a deeper storyline that I had expected. It’s worth reading for the cover alone! Check it out.

Call Me Cat Call Me Catby Karpov Kinrade Genre: Adult Romance. Catelyn Travis is a good girl who gets good grades in law school, and never gets into trouble. But when a run of bad luck threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, she’s forced to become Cat, phone sex goddess. Enter Ashton Davenport the Third, bad boy biker billionaire. He knows the stay-away-from-me good girl Catelyn but when he ends up calling her alter ego, Cat, she ends up falling for the sexy stranger. As she struggles with her two identities, the man who murdered her parents is coming after Catelyn and he knows all of her secrets. This was a actually a decent story with a plot and everything! Unfortunately, the ending was a cliffhanger which I didn’t love. I may or may not read the next in the series. Get It!

We are the Goldens Goldensby Dana Reinhardt Genre: YA. Nell worships her older sister, Layla and is excited to join her in high school. But the year takes a very different turn and what used to be two inseparable sisters becomes a cautionary tale of inappropriate relationships and how far each sister will go for love. This story was told through Nell’s eyes as if she is speaking or writing to her older sister Layla. It’s her way of hoping for her sister’s forgiveness, love, and understanding. A well written and well thought out story of the pitfalls of the teenage years. Get it!