A pipe bomb explodes at a birth control clinic, then a young client turns up dead in a dumpster. Kera, the clinic nurse, discovers that the girl’s Bible group is sharing more than the Good News. Confidentiality keeps her from telling the police, so she digs for the truth on her own—becoming the bomber’s new target. Meanwhile, Detective Jackson races to find the killer, fearing that his own daughter could be next. But his investigation is blocked by power politics at every step. Can Jackson uncover the killer’s shocking identity in time to stop the slaughter?
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Recommended by a fellow mystery reader who told me not to be a snob about the title (smile). The book was a nice surprise with respect to a fresh idea. However, the content is a little disturbing. Nothing that hasn't been in the news in some way shape or form. I was a bit put off by the language probably because it centered on young tweens.
Overall a well written suspense/thriller not your same old serial killer story.
This was a total surprise. I had been put off by the cover and the title for some time, but as it was part of Kindle Unlimited, I finally decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a really well written, engaging crime / police procedural. It introduces Detective Jackson, father of a teenage daughter and recently separated from his wife, who is called in to investigate a bombing at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Then the body of a teenage girl who had visited the clinic is found murdered. Is there a connection? This was well plotted, had believable characters, kept me engaged throughout and had enough twists to keep it from being predictable. A really interesting story! I am so glad I picked this up and will definitely read the other titles in this series.
The narration was ok, but could have been improved by differentiating the different characters' voices more.
Yes, easy listening
A bit predictable, but still a good listen. They played it safe with his daughter. Could have been more drama there.
I really liked this book. I'd read it again. It's just enough suspense for me.
"Entertaining & Thought Provoking"
This is the first book in the Detective Jackson Series by L.J. Sellers. It is chock full of modern day societal issues: teenage sex, Iraq war casualties, & pro-life extremists. Sellers doesn't sugar-coat any of them. It's a hard-hitting novel that makes you think a lot about today's society. This was a GREAT read!
I loved Sellers' writing style. I immediately connected with the characters. Even those whose viewpoints I didn't agree with were portrayed in a way that made me understand their motives. Some of the answers are handed to us, others come about in a couple of great twists toward the end. The topic is controversial but, in my opinion, handled incredibly well.
A young girl is found dead in a dumpster and Detective Jackson in Eugene, Oregon has to try to solve the mystery. At the same time there is a bomb that goes off at a Planned Parenthood clinic and the dead girl had just left, is there a connection?
The sex is not explicit and the violence is not explicit, so I'm not sure Hollywood would embrace it. I would LOVE to see this in a movie though :-) .
"Couldn't put it down"
Yes, it was a really good mystery and it kept you guessing until the very end.
Some of the inforamation Kayla found online about the "Bible Group"
Done a better job with changing into another character. It took a few beats before you noticed the change.
I just really liked it. I'm a mystery nut and this was a really good one as I wasn't able to figure out who done it until it was quite obvious until the end. I had many guesses but they would never pan out.
The title is a little scary but unfortunately it is a good one. There is no explicit sex acts written in this book which I liked. Only what evidence they found on a body would let you guess.
"seemed a little slow"
seemed a little slow for me, not until the end did it start picking up.
"Great Mystery Marred by Lackluster Narration"
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Sellers does an excellent job of building suspense and intrigue as the story builds towards its conclusion. Unfortunately, Damon Abdallah's narration did no service to the story, particularly in his choice of voicing the main character, Detective Jackson. Jackson comes off as cold and wooden - even bored! I think Abdallah was probably going for gruff and brooding, but he just couldn't bring that off. Narration is a great art, and it can make or break an audible book. Please, Books in Motion - be choosy in your hiring of narrators!
Another brief warning to the reader: there are slight difference in the audio version and kindle version of the book. I wrote to the author, asking why this is, and she told me that those changes were made by her publisher. Strange.
"Had the potential to be a great story but failed"
The idea is what I liked best but the execution was disappointing.
Do more research on some of these topics before writing a story that includes them. More character development was needed, these characters are too one dimensional.
Someone that will change their voice to match the character's gender/age/anything else that makes them identifiable.
Possibly a TV series....but not a very good one.
I commend the author for taking on some of these controversial topics that are associated with the story. However I feel that she failed in doing the background research needed to make this a great story.
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