Monthly Archives: December 2013

Review: Blood in the Past by Jordanna East

The following is the review I wrote for the book Blood in the Past by Jordanna East (Amazon link).

BloodInThePast-cover“Blood in the Past by Jordanna East is the prelude to a psychological thriller series, centred around three serial killers. This book introduces the three killers and touches on what makes them tick.

Jillian is a university student with a psychology major and falls for a cop who investigates the mugging of she and her flatmate. They embark on a steamy affair until…

Lyla finds her mother dead and believes she killed herself. She blames her father…

Jason’s father died trying to rescue a colleague trapped in a house fire…

Certainly well written and edited, this book draws the reader in with its dark themes and internal conflict gnawing at each of the killers’ minds as they battle their own reasons and desires for settling scores and satisfying perceived needs.

I felt the situations the three people find themselves in, and the conclusions they arrive at a little convenient. Two people might have been believable but three serial killers born of the events presented, probably approached, if not exceeded the bounds of credibility.  But that’s what you’d expect in the genre so I’m being picky. Nevertheless, and despite the book not quite giving equal exposure to all three killers, each did have their own reasons for beginning a killing spree. Lyla was arguably the most developed character and the one I found myself the most interested in. The story does make the reader wonder how they each continue on that path. I am interested to know what drives them to continue rather than stop at the first. A gripping prequel to the greater series.”

Write a Story with Jennifer M Eaton – Part 74

Well! This story is getting interesting! And my next turn seems to have come around so quickly for Write a Story With Jennifer M Eaton. Click here to find out what this is all about.

And here here to check out the story so far.

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Book Review: Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder

What an interesting idea this is!

Soul Identity Cover

I’m a little late to the party because this book, Soul Identity by Dennis Batchelder, was originally published in 2007, and on Smashwords in 2009. I found it only a couple of months ago. Soul Identity, a business that trades on the investment benefits of reincarnation, is being overrun by an overzealous competitor (or is it an inside job?), and IT security expert, Scott Waverley is called in to help protect the company and the investments of thousands of clients who have inherited the properties of previous holders of their souls.

I was gripped from the very start of this book. It is a mix of not-too-complex computer geekery, espionage, deceit, racy romance, and of course, the funny wise-crackery of the main character, Scott Waverley. The story cleverly links the apparently unrelated events concerning Scott’s neighbour, an old man angered by Soul Identity’s refusal to sign him up, a mysterious fortune teller with tech-savvy twin granddaughters, and the leaders of the organisation under threat.

It is well produced book (I recall only seeing one possible editing error), well paced with a good rhythm between the action scenes. Although the story touches on supernatural themes at no time is the reader expected to believe. In fact Scott Waverley is a sceptic throughout the entire story. It takes place in a normal world which, at best, only speculates on reincarnation. As a result there is a high level of believability. And of course there is the sexy Russian love interest. Highly recommended.