Hey everyone! It’s my stop on the blog tour for KINDRED KILLERS by Graham Smith!
Thanks to Bloodhound Books and the author for the advanced ebook copy and the blog tour spot in exchange for my honest review.
Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.
With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
This is book two in the Jake Boulder series (the first being WATCHING THE BODIES), and even though I didn’t read the first book, KINDRED KILLERS read well as a standalone. I definitely need to go back and read the first book so I can get to know Jake Boulder a little better (and I loved this one).
We follow Jake in his attempts to help Alfonse find the people who killed his cousin, as well as his entire family, in a horrific murder. The way the killer murdered them was incredibly twisted, disturbing, and very graphic (readers be warned!) He quickly realizes this is the work of a serial killer when a young woman is found killed with commonalities. When footage surfaces from a cell phone, and is leaked to all major news outlets, the pressure mounts on Boulder to catch the killer.
I have to say that I love the character of Jake Boulder. He’s rough around the edges, sarcastic, and witty. What’s not to love? Great crime thrillers need strong protagonists, and Smith hit the nail on the head with Boulder. The natures of the crimes committed are definitely graphic and nothing is left to the imagination. Since this is dealing with hate crimes, it’s eerily relevant to the events happening in the US today – which made this even more unsettling to read!
Overall, if you want a fast paced and thrilling read, then you need to pick up KINDRED KILLERS. I’m going back to get the first book and I’m looking forward to book three. This has a great protagonist, a twisty plot, and murders you won’t soon forget!
About the Author:
A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
Thanks for stopping by! I definitely need to go back and read book one in this series!