Here we have another novel from our fabulous friends at Blackthorn Book Tours. (I swear they keep me soooo busy with all the books they find for us.) In fact, if you are interested in becoming a reviewer yourself, you can visit their website https://blackthornbooktours.wordpress.com/ and find all kinds of information on how this hard working team gets all this stuff done and how you can be a part of it.
Now, before I get into what I thought about this book, here is the blurb that enticed me. You guys know I always share the blurb on these book tour reviews. I think it’s important you see for yourself what initially grabs us and forms immediate interest.
"This is a novel I would read and reread and recommend to others. Fans of vigilante and desperado revenge will delight in this horror story." — Horror Tree.
Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead, and her husband is missing.
Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside. The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van. Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles towards her only mission: Revenge.
James Porter knows exactly what happened to them, but he’ll do anything to keep it a secret.
James didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is catching the attention of a nosy detective.
Sad story, huh? Well, don’t get all down in the dumps about it because not everything is as it seems.
Rebecca, devasted by the loss of her little boy Oliver and her missing husband, Jon, she desperately waits for the police to come up with something, ANYTHING, that would lead them to who killed her boy. She’s also in a constant state of anxiety and depression because of this whole ordeal, which only gets heightened and made more raw by the disappearance of her husband. Cases like these can move fairly slowly.
Tommy and James are pals. Although James is obviously the alpha of the two, they go practically everywhere together. And, they are partners in crime. Burglaries, robberies, etc. In order to live that kind of criminal lifestyle, you need a vehicle that is big enough haul away the loot. James happens to own and drive an old white van that matches the witness description at the scene of the crime. Eventually, Detective Barnes comes snooping around James’ home and asking the typical questions. He confirms with James that he does own and drive that van. Tommy seems like he’s going to come out of his skin with the Detective there interviewing them. Of course, they have a planned alibi, but everyone knows it’s thin.
As it so often happens, as more pressing and current cases come in, the Crow murder/missing person case gets put on the back burner, waiting for test results and hoping for some new information to smash the case wide open.
But Rebecca is going crazy with all the waiting. Waiting to go back to work. Waiting on the police. Waiting for results. Waiting, waiting, waiting. She would love the mental and emotional distraction that her work would provide, but her boss thinks she’s not ready to come back just yet.
So, what does a shattered woman do with all that free time? She decides it is time for her to take charge of the situation and conducts her OWN investigation.
Out of the two, James is definitely the most cruel and sadistic. He has no conscience and isn’t fazed by anything that he does. That includes anything from intimidating his mother’s landlord to killing little Oliver and everything in between. He has no compassion, no boundaries, no morals. Tommy, on the other hand, really just seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong person. And he knows it.
Soon, Rebecca is becoming so distraught that she is hallucinating and delusional.
When does it end? And where is Jon? What happened to him?
Find out by getting your copy of the book at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084FHXZZL
I highly recommend that suspense, thriller and murder mystery lovers read this book. It is extremely well written and the flow of the text allows the reader to easily follow along, even though we jump back and forth between different characters and situations.
Although there are some truly disturbing and heartbreaking aspects to the plot, the way the author expertly brings everything together is seamless with a flawless fluidity is truly a magnificent structure rendering this tense tale of murder and mayhem that pulls at the reader, flooding them with anticipation and even playing detective themselves as they furiously read along.
This was a story of many lives, individual destinies intertwined together in a web of death, gore, greed, love, murder and revenge. This is the kind of novel that will get your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing. I can’t imagine a thriller/suspense/mystery fan not falling in love with this book.
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About the Author
Holly Rae Garcia's debut novel, Come Join the Murder, was released on March 27th, 2020 by Close to the Bone Publishing (UK). Her short fiction has been published by Siren's Call, The Bookends Review, Rue Scribe, Pen to Print, The Australian Writers' Centre, and Trembling With Fear along with a few anthologies. Holly lives on the Texas Coast with her family and five dogs.
Links and Social Media
Author's Website: https://www.hollyraegarcia.com/
Book's Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B084FHXZZL
Book's Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50978801-come-join-the-murder