From Inside the House by WD Jackson-Smart @wdejackson @pantherpubs @mgriffiths163 #blogtour #review

Today Mandie has a blog tour review of From Inside The House, book two in the DI Graves series by WD Jackson-Smart. Book one, The Demons Beneath is out now and you can find Mandie’s review here. Thanks to publisher Panther Publishing for inviting us to join the tour and for providing the advance copy for review. Here’s what the book is all about:

Source: Advance Review Copy

About the Book

Two victims. Brutally murdered in their own home. Body parts taken.

D.I. Graves is back on the case to face his toughest challenge yet. A case with no motive and no suspect, nothing at all that could explain why someone would kill innocent people in such a way.

Then the next victims are discovered. Another pair of bodies. New body parts taken. Again in their own home.

Someone is breaking into houses across the city at night, leaving horror in their wake. It seems to Graves that this could be two serial killers, working together. But how are they choosing their victims? Is any house in London a target? Is anyone safe?

To make matters worse, a journalist is threatening to cause more harm than good with her obsessive push in covering the story to further her career, and someone is targeting Graves personally, seeking revenge against him in relation to an old case.

Can Graves keep himself safe long enough to stop the serial killers before they strike again?

Available from: Amazon

Mandie’s Thoughts

DI Daniel Graves and co are back to investigate some gruesome murders in From Inside the House. He is still reeling from events that occurred during his investigations into one of his previous cases and they are haunting him in a way he didn’t expect. The fact that the first two murders show a tentative link to these events had both him and me wondering if the same person was involved. When more bodies turn up again murdered in their own homes the team are struggling to find the connection as they seem both planned yet random. Will a survivor to one of the attacks give them the clues they need?

I will admit the description of the first murders had me going ewwww and oooooh at the same time as I although I am not a big fan of blood and gore in real life, I do seem to like reading about it. I will warn you that as more bodies turn up the killings don’t get any less gruesome so if you really are squeamish then you may need to read those parts quickly, however thankfully the author does not go into graphic detail of the killings for the majority of them. You also get to learn a little bit more about both Graves and Palmer as things in their past cloud both the investigations and at times their judgement but you do also get to see more of the friendship that is developing between them.  

With the exception of the killers there was only really one character that I couldn’t warm to and that was journalist Kelly Malone. Constantly after the story that will put her ahead of her rival she at times jeopardises the case and puts both herself and the team in the line of fire. She has a history with Charlie Palmer and thinks nothing of using him to get what she wants.

I was expecting more to be made of the events at the end of the previous book however the author skilfully weaved that in to the story bringing in Graves’s estranged sister and making way for book 3 or at least I really hope so. From Inside the House is another fast paced book from Jackson-Smart and a welcome addition to a series that I am intrigued to see where it goes to next. You don’t have to have read The Demons Beneath (the first in the series) to enjoy this book but I would heartily recommend that you do as like this one it’s a brilliant read.

About the Author

WD Jackson-Smart is a crime and horror/thriller writer from the UK obsessed with all things thrilling.

He has written the bestselling supernatural thriller Red Light, the Hollywood-based horror/thriller Slasher, as well as horror short What’s Yours Is Mine.

Author Links: Twitter | Website

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