Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Slaughtered Review Tour

The Texter

Fallen homicide detective, Jack Slaughter, closes the door on the home where his perfect family has been brutally snatched from him. Moving across the city, he works as a private investigator to fund his own investigation into what happened to his family—who killed his little girl, ZoĆ«, and where is his wife, Leah?

Every three month for the last three years, Jack receives a simple text telling him where he can find his missing wife. There’s a body at each location, but none of them are Leah.

Jack hates missing person’s cases, but they’re his bread and butter. He only takes the case to find Carl Boyd's missing wife because the details of her disappearance closely match Leah’s. He hopes by finding Bonnie Boyd, he'll find his own wife.

The Butcher

Following the leads in the Bonnie Boyd case, Jack discovers someone has been killing women all over the city for the last three years, a fact Jack’s ex-partner and still best friend, Ray Navarro, has neglected to tell him. The city has a serial killer and officials haven’t been able to find a single lead on the person they’ve dubbed The Butcher.

Could Bonnie Boyd’s disappearance be linked to The Butcher? More important, was Leah one of The Butcher’s victims? Could he have gone so far as to murder a child?

With every clue Jack weaves together, the more his own life unravels.

It wasn’t long after that night when Jack couldn’t seem to get his shit together and had taken a sabbatical from the department. When he hadn’t returned after a year, he was asked to turn in his badge. His commander left it open for his return when Jack was ready—and he had planned on going back to work—but after three years, he couldn’t seem to find the same enthusiasm he’d once had for the work. He only tolerated investigative work because it gave him the funds he needed to continue his own investigation—finding his daughter’s killer and his wife. But how could he return to work as a police detective when his family’s case was still cold? He’d failed to protect them. He couldn’t fail at finding the perpetrator.

Jack swung open one of the building’s big glass doors and quickly gazed around the wide, open foyer. To his left, he was immediately taken aback by the display that greeted him. The Spiral of Gratitude memorial to all fallen officers floored him every time he entered the building. The monument consisted of a long, glass tube that was suspended from a large skylight. It was big enough for a sizeable man like himself to comfortably stand inside with outstretched arms and not touch the sides. The inside of the glass was inscribed with an emotive poem by Margo Perin that spiraled in a single continuous line down from the skylight.

Somehow, the words "Never do we have the gift of goodbye. The only choice is to carry on, make our peace" always stood out to him. If his family’s case was never solved, could he find the courage to one day make peace with the losses in his family and find his own peace?

My Review:
4.5 stars

This was a thrilling, pulse-pounding adventure from page one. While the plot was a tad slow at times, for the most part they mystery grabbed my attention and dragged me along all the twists and turns. The intrigue behind not only the mystery at hand, but Jack’s tragic past kept me turning pages, and I ended up liking and relating to Jack more than I thought I would.

However, I was a bit confused by the ending, as I felt there were a number of unanswered questions that I wasn’t expecting. Plus, there’s one heck of a cliffhanger, and I feel like that particular mystery is going to be dragged out over multiple books, which sucked a bit because I really want to know what happened. All in all though, this was a great thriller and a promising new series.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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Author Bio and Links:
K.A. Lugo is a native Northern Californian who grew up in Carmel-by-the-Sea, part of a larger community founded by artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, George Sterling, and Jack London. Over the years, she's worked with several Carmel notables, but it was in 1997 she left the employ of Clint Eastwood to live in Ireland for six months. It was during this time she met the man she would marry, and relocated to live in Ireland.

While always writing since a very young age, K.A. earned her keep in Ireland as one of the country's foremost travel consultants who also wrote travel articles about Ireland.

Since 2005, K.A. has published fourteen titles in genres including romantic suspense, erotic romance, cozy mystery, and now thrillers.

Slaughtered is the first in the new highly acclaimed Jack Slaughter Thriller series, set in San Francisco, a city close to K.A.'s heart.

K.A. loves hearing from readers and promises to reply to each message. Please visit her socials to stay up-to-date on this exciting new series.

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  1. Thank you for hosting me today, and thank you for the review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the first book in my new series. If you need clarification on anything, please let me know.

    You're correct about the backstory flowing through the series. Jack is obsessed about finding his wife. This is what drives him.