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Monday, February 26, 2018

REVIEW: 19 Souls by J.D. Allen @midnightinkbook @djallenbooks #allthebookreviews

19 Souls
by J.D. Allen

Thank you to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for these copies in return for our honest opinion.

Publisher:  Midnight Ink
Published:  Feruary 8, 2018
360 pages
Genre:  Crime Fiction, Thriller
Series:  Sin City Investigation #1

Goodreads Synopsis:

Private Investigator Jim Bean is a straightforward, to-the-point man. When his latest client, Sophie Evers, asks him to find her brother Daniel, Jim has no idea how complicated his life is about to become.

Daniel is not Sophie's brother. He is her most coveted prey. Clinging to the belief that they belong together, Sophie kills Daniel's real sister to manipulate Jim into flushing Daniel out of hiding. She will create the "perfect life" for the only man she's ever loved, no matter how many people she must kill along the way.

When Jim discovers the truth about Sophie, he's driven to set things right before her delusional plan claims even more souls.

My Review:

Poor Sophie picked the wrong investigator to help her with her plan of getting Daniel back into her life.  Once Jim Bean realizes she has duped him, he now feels it's his duty to help the poor sap he led her straight to.

As a reviewer, advanced copies received are apt to have misspellings, grammar issues or little things wrong and I am always aware of this and usually it doesn't bother me.  I realize these are unfinished copies and will go through more editing before published. Unfortunately this one was peppered consistently throughout with misspellings that took away from my enjoyment of the read.  That being said, I did like the story line for the most part.  Crazy girl who just wants to be loved.  Clearly has some mental issues after a rough childhood and is progressively losing her shit.   Then we have Jim... my favorite character for sure.  He definitely has some issues but he's lovable in that wants-to-do-the-right-thing kind of way, while still flawed with his own crap. 

Psychopathic serial killer, flawed private investigator with a heart of gold... bring in a guy who has been stalked all his life, an female FBI agent along for the ride.. and well, we have pretty much all the elements of this kind of read.  Unfortunately it just didn't resonate for me as much as I would have liked it to.  I found it getting a bit repetitive and once the characters were established, there wasn't much more development.  My attention began to wane towards the middle and didn't quite catch hold again.

I'll probably be an unpopular opinion on this one. I think the majority of people who like crime fiction/thrillers will probably enjoy this read.  


Jessica's Review:

Going into 19 SOULS by J.D. Allen I had seen some mixed reviews, which I always find fun about going into a book. Something where you can go in and kind of have no expectations for it. This perfectly falls into the thriller/mystery genre, so I can see a lot of people that are fans of the genre enjoying this one!

Jim Bean is a Private Investigator and he takes on a case that is more complicated than he anticipated. When Sophie Evers asks him to help her find her brother, Daniel, Jim's life becomes complicated and very quickly. He quickly discovers that Daniel is not actually Sophie's brother, but someone she obsessed with and is convinced they are meant for each other. There are more twists and turns that Sophie has in store for Jim and he is determined to stop her before she can ruin anymore lives.

Going into early copies reviewers are aware that there is the potential for some errors because it's not the final draft. Sometimes it's completely unnoticeable and doesn't affect the reading experience. However, in this case there were some that really broke up the flow of the book. I'm assuming those got fixed in the final printing!

There were a couple parts where it felt is was dragging, but again, I'm really thinking this is because of some of the issues in the early printing, so I definitely think that thriller fans will like this one! There are plenty of twists and great thriller elements to this novel, and one that I recommend visiting in it's final form!

I give this one 3/5 stars!

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