Dark Secrets by Jack Steele @JackSteele1961 #review

Today it is my great pleasure to be joining the blog tour for the last in the Joe Stone series by Jack Steele, Dark Secrets. My thanks to the author for inviting me to be a part of the tour and providing the advance copy for review. Here’s what the book is all about:

Source: Advance Review Copy

Detective Joe Stone is battling personal issues alongside a promotion which he feels unready to fulfil. When a psychopath escapes from Broadmoor and starts abducting the team under his command he is under increasing pressure. Can Joe hold his nerve as events lead to a tragic finale?

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My Thoughts

I came to the Joe Stone series a book late and completely regret that fact. What I found when I read Long Shot was a fantastic hero, a brilliant team and a story which was short, snappy and kept me hooked. Exactly the same can be said for Dark Secrets only this time around the stakes have been raised and it’s not only Joe in the firing line. The whole team is in danger as a vicious killer escapes from Broadmoor during a riot, with only one thing one his mind … Revenge. But against whom and for what reason? It’s up to Joe and the team to work that out and capture the killer before it’s too late.

What I have loved about reading these books is the way the author keeps readers on the hook. Chapters are short and focused, each one pushing the reader to a new set of questions, just as the narrator, Joe Stone, asks of himself the very same. Each one is a kind of mini cliffhanger, quite literally in some cases, prompting you to just read one more chapter to find out what Joe means in his cryptic outpourings. I’ll admit that it had taken me a little while to get into that style the first time around but with this book it just felt natural, almost like the TV show Magnum in its styling with Joe’s narration filling in the gaps between the action, driving the story on without hours of exposition.

The story is full of thrills and moments of tension which will keep fans very happy. From a very shocking and slightly gruesome opening, through to the high octane, high stakes dramatic and, sadly, quite emotional conclusion, the book gives you a little of everything. You can feel Joe’s disappointment when he hears a startling confession from a trusted colleague. His sense of optimism from the more positive visits he is starting to have with the love of his life, Gemma. But behind it all, there is that Joe Stone steel and determination, that sense that no matter how impossible the situation may seem, how out of his depth he may feel, he is going to right by his team, even if that means trusting the elusive Jasper.

If you want a fun, fast paced, tense and action led read, then you definitely want to give this series a go. I’m sad hearing this is likely the last Joe Stone book, although I think that it that is the case it’s a great place to end and a fitting send off to some very loveable characters.

About the Author

I was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I now live in Nottinghamshire and married with two grown up children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing. I still work full-time in the printing industry which is where I have been for the past 40 years. On many occasions it interferes with my writing, working extra hours or weekends, so it can be a balancing act but one I seem to manage along with an understanding wife of course.

I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.

It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’ which is due for publication on July 29th 2017.

My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.

I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who like you Jen have been so supportive through this process. Your encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.

Jack.

Author Links: Twitter | Website

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