Jan 21, 2016

DeeJay Reviews: KILLER PURSUIT by @jeffgunhus

Killer Pursuit
by Jeff Gunhus

Series: Allison McNeil
Genre: Adult Thriller
Publication Date: January 10, 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Provided by the author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder. The most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but with rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies, Allison worries about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

Last year I started reading more thrillers, which has never really been a genre I've been very fond of. But that's all changed and this book has just added to my enjoyment of these types of books. Killer Pursuit was very good and had all the elements a thriller should have. Excitement, details, and good research.

The writing was amazing and that was everything to me. I can't read a thriller with bad writing. I loved the multiple POVs and how each character had a background story. I found myself enjoying learning the history of these characters just as much as the plot and that's not something I say very often, if at all. Each background story was slipped into the book sporadically and only when it made sense, and I could appreciate that. I found the MC Allison McNeil to be a strong lead with a spine of steel even as she fell prey to her own emotions sometimes. I mean, she is a woman and as much as we try to deny it, we are emotional creatures. But still, her instincts were spot on and she was a believable FBI agent with beauty and brains. There may even be a romance on the horizons for our MC. As long as it doesn't take over the series, I think it will be great.

Other characters I liked were Clarence Mason (gotta love those good-bad guys) and Libby Ashworth. Libby was one of those characters you had to like because you could feel where he was coming from in how he felt about politics and all the crap that goes down behind the scenes. I don't think many people have faith in their governments so to have a glimpse into the mind of an insider who has also lost faith in the governing institution was interesting. Did I say that Mason was Libby's father? Yeah, their interactions were really interesting too. As you can guess, their relationship is fractured beyond repair (at this point), but by the end of the book, I had a feeling that at some point in the series they may find themselves on mutual ground. If that doesn't happen, I can almost guarantee it will be Mason's fault, LOL.

The plot was well thought out and very intriguing. I was pulled in very early on in the book and it didn't let up. I will say that I felt the story was dragged out much longer than it needed to be. Though I love details, I think some scenes just went on too long and maybe, some of the POVs were not necessarily needed. At least, not as much as they were used. Again, I enjoy multiple POVs, but in this book, they sort of detracted from an otherwise great story.

As for plot twists, I did not figure out who the killer was before Allison did and that was great. I like being surprised and a predictable thriller could never pull four stars out of me, let alone five. So that was definitely a plus.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love crime thrillers. I'm glad this is a series and that there are other books. There is actually a book that comes before this one, Killer Within, that I might check out. I know how it ends because it's talked about in this book, but I want to read that one just to get more insight into the lives and minds of the characters, if for nothing else. So yes! Give this book a read. I can't imagine that you'll be disappointed.

Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

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