#allthebookreviews – 19 Souls by J.D. Allen

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thanks to Midnight Ink for the advanced ebook copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

19 SOULS – J.D. Allen (out now!)

Here’s what the #allthebookreviews duo thought 🙂

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 2/5 stars

Poor Sophie picked the wrong investigator to help her with her plan of getting Daniel back into her life. Once Jim Bean realizes she has duped him, he now feels it’s his duty to help the poor sap he led her straight to.

As a reviewer, advanced copies received are apt to have misspellings, grammar issues or little things wrong and I am always aware of this and usually it doesn’t bother me. I realize these are unfinished copies and will go through more editing before published. Unfortunately this one was peppered consistently throughout with misspellings that took away from my enjoyment of the read. That being said, I did like the story line for the most part. Crazy girl who just wants to be loved. Clearly has some mental issues after a rough childhood and is progressively losing her shit. Then we have Jim… my favorite character for sure. He definitely has some issues but he’s lovable in that wants-to-do-the-right-thing kind of way, while still flawed with his own crap.

Psychopathic serial killer, flawed private investigator with a heart of gold… bring in a guy who has been stalked all his life, an female FBI agent along for the ride.. and well, we have pretty much all the elements of this kind of read. Unfortunately it just didn’t resonate for me as much as I would have liked it to. I found it getting a bit repetitive and once the characters were established, there wasn’t much more development. My attention began to wane towards the middle and didn’t quite catch hold again.

I’ll probably be an unpopular opinion on this one. I think the majority of people who like crime fiction/thrillers will probably enjoy this read.

My Thoughts: 3/5 stars

 

Going into 19 SOULS by J.D. Allen I had seen some mixed reviews, which I always find fun about going into a book. Something where you can go in and kind of have no expectations for it. This perfectly falls into the thriller/mystery genre, so I can see a lot of people that are fans of the genre enjoying this one!

Jim Bean is a Private Investigator and he takes on a case that is more complicated than he anticipated. When Sophie Evers asks him to help her find her brother, Daniel, Jim’s life becomes complicated and very quickly. He quickly discovers that Daniel is not actually Sophie’s brother, but someone she obsessed with and is convinced they are meant for each other. There are more twists and turns that Sophie has in store for Jim and he is determined to stop her before she can ruin anymore lives.

Going into early copies reviewers are aware that there is the potential for some errors because it’s not the final draft. Sometimes it’s completely unnoticeable and doesn’t affect the reading experience. However, in this case there were some that really broke up the flow of the book. I’m assuming those got fixed in the final printing!

There were a couple parts where it felt is was dragging, but again, I’m really thinking this is because of some of the issues in the early printing, so I definitely think that thriller fans will like this one! There are plenty of twists and great thriller elements to this novel, and one that I recommend visiting in it’s final form!

 

If you read/receive ARCs do you ever notice any issues that can hinder the reading experience?

–Jess

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