Description (from cover):
‘FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she’s left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her…until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers put her talents to the ultimate test.
A hacker who identifies himself only as “Warlock” brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place that leads to a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground…as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.
Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star–until she turns her back on her troubled family to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’ discovery of an old magic magazine will turn Jessica’s world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose–and everything to gain–by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to achieving the seemingly impossible.
The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to stop a depraved killer? If she can’t, she may become his next victim.’
This type of book is something that I don’t typically read. I usually stick to cozy mysteries and historical fiction, which is clearly evidenced by this blog. I decided, when offered to read this book, that I would step outside my box and try something new. I am so glad that I did. This book was fantastic. It started off with a bang right away and had me reading through it to find out what happens next. Andrew Mayne is a fantastic thriller writer and keep me guessing from page one until the very last page. The author created a wonderful character in Jessica Blackwood. She is not your typical protagonist. She is not confident in her skills as an FBI investigator. She has a troubled background and fights constantly with her past in this book.
I really enjoyed this book. For some reason it reminds a little of James Patterson, but at the same time, it doesn’t. James Patterson’s books tend to follow a predestined formula and this one was all over the charts. I had no idea what to expect next and spent most of the book wondering what the Warlock had in store next. The author did a phenomenal job of creating some pretty complex murders in this book and it amazed me as it shows me a little bit of what his imagination is like.
If you are looking to read a thriller that will keep you turning the pages and that is not your typical thriller, then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed this one a lot and I am hoping that we get to see more of Jessica in future novels. The author really has created a masterpiece and I can’t but hope that he has more for this reader. I am also glad that I tried something a little different from the norm for me and that I loved it.
Overall Rating: 5
Title: Angel Killer
Author: Andrew Mayne
Series: Jessica Blackwood #1
Publisher: Bourbon Street Books
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
About the Author:
Hes a magician, a paranormal illusionist, an inventor and an unapologetic prankster. Hes been one of magics best kept secret. Andrew Mayne started off on a promising career in magic as a teenager when he became the second youngest illusionist to ever embark on a world tour (The first one being another upstart by the name of David Copperfield).
During his tour he performed in resorts, on luxury liners and exotic locales around the world. Five years later, at the ripe old age of twenty-three, he decided it was time for a career change. Bored with putting beautiful girls into boxes only to be cut in half, the sequins and the other clichéd trappings of magic, Andrew decided to call it quits on anything that was beginning to look like a normal career in magic.
Although an established performer at the top of his career, there wasnt a place for the kind of magic Andrew really wanted to perform. To his booking agents chagrin, he decided to delve behind the scenes and see what kind of boundaries he could push.
This has been a stop on the ‘Angel Killer’ book tour presented by TLC Book Tours
Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour!
Tuesday, September 23rd–Always With a Book
Wednesday, September 24th–Living in the Kitchen with Puppies
Thursday, September 25th–Priscilla and Her Books
Thursday, September 25th–Mysteries and My Musings
Thursday, September 25th–Why Girls Are Weird
Monday, September 29th–From the TBR Pile
Monday, September 29th–Mysteries and My Musings
Wednesday, October 1st–The Road to Here
Friday, October 3rd–Not in Jersey
Monday, October 6th–BoundbyWords
Tuesday, October 7th–Ace and Hoser Blook
Wednesday, October 8th–Book Loving Hippo
Thursday, October 9th–Open Book Society
Monday, October 13th–Tales of a Book Addict
Tuesday, October 14th–No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, October 15th–Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Wednesday, October 15th–A Bookworm’s World
Thursday, October 16th–Book Marks the Spot
Friday, October 17th–Girl Lost in a Book
Friday, October 24th–Dream Within a Dream
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.