21 October 2017

A Life Removed

A 2017 Top Rated Read

By Jason Parent

Paperback 290 pages
Publisher Red Adept Publishing
ISBN-13 978-1940215921

📕My Review

There's a serial killer on the loose in Fall River, Massachusetts; someone who's seriously sick. He kills indiscriminately and cuts out his victims' hearts. Police officer Aaron Pimental finds himself thrust into the limelight when he's first on scene at another grisly murder, then later discovers friend Craig has also fallen prey to the killer. Detectives Marklin and Beaudette begin to wonder if there's more to Pimental than meets the eye..... 

A Life Removed is an excellent police procedural horror/crime novel. Parts are very descriptive and will leave you wishing you hadn't eaten that last ham sandwich (!!!). The plot is extremely original and the twists and turns superb. Pimental comes across as a bit of an oddball; his current relationship is falling apart and his past is somewhat murky. His outlook on life is tainted and he's carrying not so much as a chip on his shoulder but more of a crater. More to the point, is he a hero or is he the perpetrator? Author Jason Parent has created a truly interesting character.

I personally enjoyed the departure from the run-of-the-mill 'cop catches killer' scenario and loved all the gory stuff but admittedly it may be not be everyone's cup of tea. I couldn't fault the writing; it's clearly by an author who knows his craft inside-out and upside-down. A very refreshing and original read.

My thanks to author Jason Parent for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating 

📗The Blurb

Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.

Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain.

If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him.

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