Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for inviting on the Blog Tour for THE HUSBANDS by T.J. Brearton
A BREATHTAKING CRIME THRILLER FULL OF SHOCKING TWISTS AND TURNS
He kills their wives. He destroys their families.
Then he comes after the husbands.
“Do you want to know who killed your wife?” he asks.
Kelly Roth, FBI profiler, returns home to Syracuse to stop a sadistic serial killer.
Three murders in three separate jurisdictions in central New York State have the same pattern: women killed by fatal headshots from a hunting rifle. Kelly Roth is sent from Virginia to help the local police.
Each victim was found murdered in a remote area or in a quiet park. The media call him “The Park Killer.” But Kelly doesn’t think the killer lurks in the bushes. She thinks he hunts his victims somewhere else.
But is he really contacting the bereaved husbands or is this a cover for their own guilt?
Kelly will risk her own life in a heart-stopping race against time to stop more murders and find out the truth.
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO DISCOVER WHO KILLED YOUR WIFE?
If you like Jeffery Deaver, Linwood Barclay, Lisa Unger, Kendra Elliot, or JD Robb you will enjoy this compelling new mystery novel.
The book is set in New York State, an area the author brings to life with compelling detail based on his local knowledge.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When a serial killer starts to rack up a body count of married women and any of their children that happen to be with them, there doesn’t seem at first like there is any connection between the families. That is apart from the obvious, they have each been murdered by a single shot and all had either regularly taken short cuts through parks or visited parks with their children. The only other common factor is that they each had a loving husband.
The police department at Syracuse, New York is getting no-where fast so FBI Profiler Kelly Roth, who left her demons there years ago, is assigned to return and help give the police some sort of focus to find the killer. Kelly makes a promise that she won’t leave until the killer is caught, but she has to overcome her personal past if she is to concentrate on the case. Kelly is also battling to be accepted by some of the force, who see her a bad mark that they aren’t doing a good job. The killing of the women and children is only means to an end as the sadistic killer targets the grieving husbands with a deal.
It is obvious from the start that this killer is one pretty damaged, deranged bloke that wants to inflict mental cruelty on the victims that have been left behind, the husbands. His questions are torturous and cruel to these broken men. The author creates an atmosphere in these phone calls that made me feel like it would be impossible to put the phone down on him and although it is a book, the silence only cut into by this man’s voice on the phone seems so eerie, like all other noise doesn’t exist but his voice. Yet when the action is at the police station the pages seem to buzz with noise, everyone trying to find connections or reasons of why these families? What is special about these families that drew the killer to them?
The story and police department seem chaotic to begin with but as Kelly begins to get it together and it takes on a personal edge, then it picks up the pace and channels the team to work in the right direction. I would love to see Kelly return in future books as I had really taken to her by the end.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi. Thanks for being here.
You know I write books, what else is relevant? Well, I started out wanting to write and direct films. After attending the New York Film Academy I worked in showbiz for a little while and wrote my own screenplays. Ridley Scott says writing novels and directing films are the “same thing.”* Okay, that’s out of context, but, yeah, part of my brain probably thinks it’s making movies when I write books.
I’ve had a lot of jobs. Construction, bartending, waiting tables — even weird things like cleaning tombstones and working for a non-profit. I’m fortunate to now write full time. (We’ll see how long it lasts…) And I’m lucky to have had my books hit the top 100 lists for Amazon Kindle in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. (Come on, other countries — step it up!)
Thanks again, and please keep reading because without you I’m just a guy sitting alone in his basement office listening to voices.
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