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- File Size: 2143.0 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (25 April 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071DGXWJ3
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Its homicide not murder”
Obviously fans of Mr Smith’s books will want to draw comparisons between Boulder and Evans; I admit I did. But JAKE BOULDER IS NOT HARRY EVANS!!! Boulder is a lot younger and fitter. And there seems to be a chink in Mr Boulder’s armour – his mum. He’s a good lad and looks after his mum but I get the impression he’s a wee bit scared of her!
There is definitely a different feel to Watching the Bodies compared to the Harry Evans series. I don’t know if its because there is a more compact team running the show or that our hero isn’t your typical cop, in fact he’s not a cop at all, he’s a hard man paid to break up fights in bars. However Watching the Bodies is packed with intrigue. The pace is there from the off with the short chapters and the race against time to find “The Watcher”.
This is going to sound a little bit weird but I really loved the whole selection process the killer has got going on. He’s a bit sick in the head but he’s thorough and methodical. And his identity definitely kept me guessing – I trusted no-one other than our man Jake!! Everyone was under suspicion!!
Graham Smith has definitely created a character in Jake and I am going to love following him as he chases around catching the bad guys.
A massive thank you to Bloodhound books for my copy of Watching the Bodies. I can’t wait to see what Graham Smith has in store for Jake in the next instalment.
What the hell was that plot????? This is me screaming. Not because I'm mad and saw plenty of holes in the story. On the contrary, the only holes were the ones left on the body when the killing required it... But the mind behind this crime plot is really really really good. Brilliant. I can't reveal a single thing about it, it's the power of the reader who has finished a book, but also their curse, as I just want to warn everyone and stop shivering when I think of the calculations it took to put the pieces together and come up with such a terrific and coldly logical killing plan!
Being right has never seemed so wrong.
The different narrations, from the good to the bad guys, don't take any of the tension away. I was racing from one POV from the other to know who would get there first! If you haven't guessed already, there's more tension in this book than your cardiologist would advise you to get! What starts as a single private investigation about the murder of a woman turns into a totally frantic and desperate race against the clock and a breathtaking chase for a serial killer! Every detail fits the picture, which is always something I appreciate. I hate loose ends and sloppy investigations. Procedures were followed, another good point! Also, I was both surprised and pleased by the choice of the author to make his main character a civilian...
Everything about the area screams bland domesticity to me. I want to leave in case it's contagious.
Yes, it's time to talk about the cast this thrilling adventure features! Jake Boulder is not even a private investigator per se! It's his best friend who's running a company and he is the big guy, the helping hand, the sidekick... So much for the anti-hero! I truly believe this is one of the reasons I appreciated Jack so quickly. He doesn't have a huge ego, he doesn't need the light to be on him. On the contrary, he is okay with being the +1. The two men being complementary was perfect and really emphasized the fact Jack isn't looking for the spotlight. And most of all, Jack is not a steroids-filled macho, he is a guy who is not afraid to say he's afraid, or at least to be honest with himself and admit it in his head! He never tries to take control of the events and his willingness to play as a team, whether with his friends or with the police made me fall for him! His only concern was to get to the bottom of the case... Except this case is bottomless!!!
Now something about the police itself. I felt a little bad that only the chief got to be efficient and clever. Small towns or big cities, you'll always find workers who... let's say are not extra motivated or don't have the skills to handle big events happening, but I couldn't help but think the police force deserves a little more respect, even though things got easier on them as the story unfolded. I really wanted to believe there were more than one able cope around!
There was enough information about every character to picture them and get a real view of what was happening. Reactions were genuine, descriptions were on point, stereotypes were accounted for (they exist because they fill our world!).
A point I hesitated before mentioning, but my honesty and my perfectionism as a former student in Japanese force me to is the use of Hara-Kiri. I have nothing to say about the method itself, but the book mentions Hari-Kari every time, which is a misspelling for Hara-Kiri, or Seppuku. I am aware this is only a detail, but it just distracted me from the story.
Last but not least, the writing style matches the protagonists and the dark atmosphere of the story. I felt the words were rushing me to keep going in a very addictive way and the balance between all events keeps the reader from feeling exhausted. It only feels as if you're following everything at the same time as the characters do, in a Jack Bauer kind of way, but better!
Watching the Bodies is a gripping first installment that introduces a different male character in a dark world. I'm looking forward to reading Jake's next ... adventure!
I sometimes struggle a bit with US crime thrillers like this as I suppose they sometimes do with UK ones. This however really works. A Scotsman by birth and by temperament, living in Utah, he is lively and handy with his fists. Despite the fact you wouldn't want him anywhere near your daughter, his morals are in the right place.
This is a fun fast paced story with a killer who turns out to be very sick.
Jake Boulder talks of not drinking much nowadays as bad things happen, so I naturally wanted him leathered as soon as possible. This doesn't happen in this book, so I will look forward to reading more about Jake in the hope that it does!
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