#BlogTour #NextToDie from T.J Brearton @BreartonTJ @bookouture

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Another cracking cover, blurb and the irresistible lure of Bookouture had me signing up for the Blog Tour for #NextToDie from T.J Brearton. Thanks to the publishers, Netgalley and the author for the review copy.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the blurb says:

Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.

When a social worker is brutally murdered, Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton are straight on the scene. But with a long list of potential suspects, can they work out who’s next before the killer strikes again?

It’s Lake Haven’s first murder in eighteen years, and the community is terrified – especially Bobbi, who was not only supposed to be on duty that night, but also has the same long dark hair as Harriet and drives the same blue car. Now Bobbi lives in constant fear that the murderer will be back for her…

When Mike and Lena make a link to a missing-persons case and uncover a wide-spread grudge against social services, they know they’re close to uncovering the killer – but can they connect the last few dots and stop him before he takes another victim?

My thoughts:

Wow, what an opening, the brutal murder of a social worker and her colleague’s  fear  that she had been the intended target drags, dragged me screaming and kicking right into the storyline. With a whole host of potential suspects and a minefield of clues made for a tense and bumpy ride in this gritty crime thriller based in the USA.

I really liked the fact that the novel had a focus on social work and child protection services, although US-based and I don’t know enough about their systems to comment on accuracy, the narrative was sensitive and respectful. It was refreshing to see this area brought into crime fiction and some of the difficulties and tensions that the key workers, as key characters in the book faced. It just seemed to add a different dimension to the book.

I’d also like to make a special mention of attention to the use of appropriate language in relation to mental health and suicide in this novel, the author thankfully takes the time to refer to a completed suicide as opposed to the awful term of committing and I found this a refreshing step forward in fiction. Language is a powerful tool and I really do appreciate it when authors take the time to use theirs thoughtfully, which was certainly the case throughout this novel.

OK, so Detectives Mike Nelson and Lena Overton, I was a little confused by their relationship at times, but I’d not read any of the others in the series so this may have skewed my understanding of their backgrounds. However, it is not a sticking point in the book, I’m just damn nosy and want to know everything! As far as love interests go in a novel this one was written just right! No OTT bodice ripping and thrusting body parts gave the novel the seriousness it deserved and the focus on the crime as opposed to the sexual relationships of the characters. Ha, I sound like a right prude here don’t I?! I’m not, I just like my crime fiction to focus on the crime and not all on the bedroom action!

As a detective, I have to say I’m rubbish and the author was excellent and giving clues but not giving it away as it kept me guessing right up until the end! So many twists and turns in this gripping storyline, it will keep you on your toes throughout! Rising tension and fear inducing moments throughout the book makes for a gripping and compelling read from the author.

Check out what the other bloggers have to say:

Next to Die - Blog Tour

Next to Die is available to purchase:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the author:

T.J. Brearton

T.J. Brearton is the author of eight published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full-time.

www.tjbrearton.net

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