Today I am delighted to be joining, and indeed rounding off, the blog tour for DK Hood’s latest Kane and Alton thriller, Bring Me Flowers. My thanks to publisher Bookouture for providing an advance copy for review and to Noelle Holten for inviting me to join the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a moment, but first let’s take a look at what it’s all about.
About the Book
She didn’t know he was watching. Until it was too late.
She’d walked this path hundreds of times before, she knew every twist and turn. But today was different. She didn’t know someone was waiting for her, hidden away from view. She didn’t know this was the last time she’d walk this path.
Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.
With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.
Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.
The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living amongst them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.
As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …
If you love Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott you’ll love this nail-biting thriller from D.K. Hood.
Okay. First things first – housekeeping and a confession. This is book two in the series so you may wish to read book one first. I would recommend it, after all that is the polite thing to do right? 😉 That said, I do believe this can be read as a stand alone but may contain mild spoilers as to what has gone on before. It will certainly give you a better grasp of the relationship between Kane and Alton, however this is still developing, so you can easily pick it up in Bring Me Flowers. So … My confession. I haven’t read book one yet, but that didn’t prevent my enjoyment of this book one bit, and it has renewed my resolve to listen to the audio book, which is patiently waiting on my iPod, just as soon as possible.
Right – the story … My, my, my. What a tale. The murder of a young girl in a beautiful patch of forest sparks a harrowing investigation for Jenna Alton, Dave Kane and new deputy Shane Wolfe. Just why was the victim chosen and was it a crime of passion or the start of something darker? The girl was only sixteen, the pool of suspects constantly growing, not helped by the arrival in town of the local Rodeo stars, the men that every woman and woman-to-be want to get with. As the situation escalates, just how far will everybody be pushed and how far is the killer willing to go? Well… why not pick up a copy of the book and find out for yourself? You know you want to.
What I enjoyed about this book were the characterisation and the way in which the author has crafted and developed the police team. You have a mixture of personalities in there but it is clear that with the addition of Shane Wolfe to the team, a man with a surprising past, Jenna Alton has a formidable team around her. And this is just as well as she is going to need it. The violence in this book is kept off the page, but there is no doubt left in the readers mind as to what has happened or the level of torment inflicted upon the victims. It is kind of toe curling if you stop to think about it properly and the sense of danger is ever present.
Jenna is an interesting character. She has a unique history, at least in terms of her law enforcement career and she has the strange mixture of both tenacity and vulnerability which actually makes her a very likeable character. Her relationship with Kane is great, somewhere between professional and romantic, and it is obvious that if I read the first book I’ll have a better understanding of just where this has come from. Kane is another great character, but one who finds himself in a little potential hot water later in the novel. I’ll say no more about that but it’s so hot it’s practically scalding.
When you add in Wolfe to the pack, you are faced with three characters with very complex personal lives. They are all individually likeable, but as a team they really are people with whom I am happy to spend quite a bit of time. And throughout the story, as the pacing ebbs and flows with the action, so too the tension, I really got a sense of the small town environment in which the books are set. In some respects its remoteness and the whole idea of being shrouded by woods, adds to the suspense and the creeping feeling which is never far from the readers mind. I have to say though, that if I lived out there I would probably consider moving as it doesn’t seem they have much luck when it comes to serial killers.
A really great book and I look forward to going back to read book one, and to see what is in store next for our three intrepid heroes. If you’d like to see what makes this book so exciting then Bring Me Flowers is available to purchase from the following retailers:
About the Author
I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.
D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.
Make sure to check out some of the other brilliant blogs taking part in the tour.