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Hello and welcome to one of the two stops on the blog tour for “Watching You”, the third instalment of the Detective Kerri Blasco series by J.A. Schneider.  I am honoured to be sharing the tour spot with one of my favourite bloggers, the lovely Chelsea over at The Suspense Is Thrilling Me, don’t forget to head over to her blog & check out her reviews!

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Published: 25 April 2017

 

Description:

A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Kerri isn’t convinced.

Until another random young woman is killed in the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?

Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life. 

My Thoughts & Review:

“Watching You” sees the much anticipated return of one of my top detectives, Kerri Blasco.  For fans of The Quiet Knitter you will know that I have followed this series since the publication of book one, “Fear Dreams” and have eagerly waited for updates from J.A. Schneider on the following books and thankfully she’s been frantically writing and weaving a tale that will wow her readers in the latest book of the series.

Kerri Blasco is a fantastic character who has developed well through the books so far, she’s tough and hard working, determined to catch the killers that prey on innocent victims and never thinks twice about putting herself in harms way to ensure the safety of those around her.  This plays well into the hands of the serial killer she’s hunting in this case, his next target is her.

The plotting of this feels very current, the advancements of modern technology and social media make it easier for people to find out information about others and Schneider uses this to her advantage, highlighting vulnerabilities of her characters as well as giving the reader a chilling idea of how realistic this storyline could actually be.
Combined with the riveting plot are short and snappy chapters which keep the pace brisk and intense, making this a book to become utterly immersed in.  Red herrings and plethora of possible culprits keep readers guessing throughout this thrilling novel.  I’m loathe to say too much about the plot, it’s a book you really need to read without any spoilers from me!  I will say that the alternation between the investigation and the point of view of the killer is brilliant and had me sitting on the edge of me seat, frantically reading on to find out what happened next!

Although this is book three of a wonderful series, this can be read as a stand alone book, but I would definitely recommend reading the books in order.

Now I just need to sit patiently and hope for more Kerri Blasco……..

You can buy a copy of “Watching You” via:

Amazon

About the Author:

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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Once a Liberal Arts major (French Literature), she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and human psychology. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means that there’ll be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

Connect with Joyce:
Website: http://jaschneiderauthor.net
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832782.J_A_Schneider
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoyceSchneider1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyce.schneider.142?fref=ts


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I am so incredibly excited to share the cover of J.A. Schneider’s latest thriller to feature Detective Kerri Blasco – the book is due for release on 25th April and I will have a review as part of the blog tour, but until then, feast your eyes on this gorgeously atmospheric cover!!

A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

Cover image

Description:

A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.

In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Kerri isn’t convinced.

Until another random young woman is killed in the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?

Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life. 

You can preorder a copy of “Watching You” here

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Author: J.A. Schneider

Published: 21 October 2016
Reviewed: 25 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by the author in return for an honest review

 

Description:

A chilling psychological thriller about a woman caught between two men…
Mari Gill wakes to horror in a strange apartment next to a murdered man, and can’t remember the night before. Accused of murder, she feels torn between her husband, a successful defense attorney, and a mysterious, kind man who wants to help. Can she trust either of them – or even her friends? Detective Kerri Blasco battles her police bosses believing Mari is innocent…but is she?

My Thoughts & Review:

I was so excited when I saw an email from Joyce with the invitation to read and review her latest thriller Her Last Breath.  Having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series Fear Dreams I was keen to see how Detective Kerri Blasco would develop in this one.

This is a psychological thriller that utterly takes away the breath of the reader (you see what I did there?!).  Right from the very beginning Schneider draws the reader in and keeps them ensnared by beginning the book with a instant hit of action.

Waking up next to a murdered man means Mari Gill is in a horrendous position, on the verge of an asthma/panic attack she scrambles around for an asthma inhaler, she is just about to pass out when her life is saved by a stranger.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?

The clever plotting in this book means that the reader for the most part will be as much in the dark as the protagonist.  Mari’s paranoia builds with such intensity that at points I began to feel uncomfortable for her.  Trying to work out who the killer was and just who could be trusted in this were absolute head scratchers.  That coupled with the investigation by Detective Blasco who is determined solve the case make this a thrilling and addictive read.  Not the sort of book you can pick up as bedtime reading, you will be hooked until the end (in my case 4am….oops).

Character development in this is fantastic, it is good to see  Detective Blasco grow as a character and come more into her own, but equally it was interesting to see the crafty way that some characters were billed as “ordinary” but there was more to them than met the eye.

This is a clever psychological thriller, it gives the reader the feeling of being part of the action, feeling the intensity of the situations and the paranoia of Mari.  It’s one of those books that as you read you try to work out what’s going on and fail abysmally because the author cleverly weaves twists and turns into the narrative to keep the audience guessing.  I would absolutely recommend this book and indeed this author, I’ve only read two of her books so far but already I am a huge fan and will be eagerly waiting to see what she writes next!

You can buy a copy of Her Last Breath here.

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About The Author:

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J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. Once a Liberal Arts major (French Literature), she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and human psychology. Decades of being married to a physician who loves explaining medical concepts and reliving his experiences means that there’ll be medical angles even in “regular” thrillers that she writes. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.

Connect with Joyce:
Website: http://jaschneiderauthor.net
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832782.J_A_Schneider
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoyceSchneider1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyce.schneider.142?fref=ts

 

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