Published by Black Rose Writing on 24th January 2019. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.
He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.
I have been toying with the idea of this review all day. Spiral into Darkness is a book that I find myself having complicated thoughts about. It has a great many merits but it also has some points that I found hard to swallow and others that I found too darn complicated.
This book is not for the easily scared or those prone to being sensitive. It can be violent and graphic but certainly one I won't forget in a hurry. The hunt for a murderer is on after the deaths of victims with two bullets to the face. I found that quite unsettling that the last thing the victims saw was the killer.
This book is an exploration of many themes, adoption and families, fitting in and what home feels like. Whether having a difficult upbringing can make you a murderer or whether you can be born a killer.
I found the exploration of these themes a fantastic idea but that the message got a little but jumbled at times, I however admire the tenacity of the author from not shying away from big themes.
I found the number of characters also a little confusing and felt that this could have been scaled back a little bit and the overall delivery of the narrative would not have been impaired.
I would like to read more from this author in the future because although I didn't straight out adore this book, it challenged me and I would love to find out some more of the authors ideas and writing.
It is for all of these reasons that I would suggest that this would make a read that provokes discussion and for that I would say that it is memorable and worth reading just so you know what other people are talking about.
About the Author:
Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.
Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.
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