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Sunday, June 9, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: Just One Bite by Jack Heath @JackHeathWriter @Hanover_Square @jessmapreviews

Just One Bite 
by Jack Heath

Thanks so much to Hanover Square Press for these advanced copies!
Jessica and I loved the first in the series and loved this one equally, if not more.
Check out our reviews below.

Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publish Date: June 4, 2019
352 Pages
Genre: Thriller
Series: Timothy Blake #2

Timothy Blake, ex-consultant for the FBI, now works in body disposal for a local crime lord. One night he stumbles across a body he wasn’t supposed to find and is forced to hide it. When the FBI calls Blake in to investigate a missing university professor, Blake recognizes him as the dead man in his freezer.

Then another man goes missing. And another.

There’s a serial killer in Houston, Texas, and Blake is running out of time to solve the case. His investigation takes him to a sex doll factory, a sprawling landfill in Louisiana and a secret cabin in the woods.

As they hunt the killer together, FBI agent Reese Thistle starts to warm to Blake—but she also gets closer and closer to discovering his terrible secret.

Can Blake uncover the killer without being exposed himself?.

My Review:

Typically after a stellar first book in a series, the second book tends to lag or become a filler book.  That is not the case with the Timothy Blake series.  Now that the base has been set with Hangman (book one) - that I actually typed Handman instead initially, which ironically seems appropriate for this book - we get deeper into Timothy's mind set and his hungry ways.

If there is such a thing as a cannibal procedural genre, then this would be it. We welcome back Reese Thisler, his handler (*snicker* - sorry, anything 'hand' related is just going to make me giggle at this point), and dig further into their weird relationship that stems from their familiar past.  Every thing about them individually and together, along with this case, is a bit morbid but strangely delicious.

How is it that you can fall in love with a cannibal who just wants to do good? Who doesn't really have anyone and anyone he does care about he needs to keep at arms length - not only for their safety, but really for his as well.  This book is darker, more gruesome and let me just tell you, Mr. Heath, I do love your gigantic, crazy ass mind.

Maybe some will think this isn't quite the impact of the first book where we get to know about Timothy's secret, but in my opinion, this one was a crazier and more fulfilling ride.  Tsk, tsk on that ending though because I just KNOW it's going to be way too long for my taste until book three comes out and I REALLY need to know what's going to happen. NOW.  Way to keep me hungry.. hmph.

In a gist, this book is more filling AND tastes great.  I'd like a third helping now please.


Jessica's Review:

Last year I picked up Jack Heath's HANGMAN - book one in the Timothy Blake series. A consultant for the FBI with a penchant for riddles and puzzles. He is asked to come in on the more complicated cases and assist and in return he would get a very unorthodox payment. Timothy's dark secret? Well, he's a cannibal. I HIGHLY recommend picking up HANGMAN first because you will be missing out on a ton of information if you try to jump into the series with book two.

We're back with Blake and he is now working on the other side of the law. Once a consultant for the FBI he is now working for local crime lord in body disposal - a win/win situation for both parties. One night, Blake comes across a body he wasn't supposed to find and keeps it for himself. Things get complicated when Agent Thistle from the FBI contacts him to help on a new cases that they're hoping is just a couple missing person's cases and not the beginnings of a serial killer.

What I loved about book one was the dark humor and thoughts while living in Blake's mind. His internal dialogue is great and I loved getting to know him again and see him grow. The relationship between Blake and Thistle has a new dynamic after book one and continues to develop. We get some twists and turns I wasn't anticipating and I really enjoyed the crazy ride. That ending! I'm not looking forward to the long wait for the third book in the series - I need to know what's going to happen next!

If you like dark humor and want something that's a cross between Dexter and Sherlock Holmes, then look no further! Oh, and you'll get to enjoy a riddle before each chapter (this was something I loved because, like Blake, I love a good puzzle!)

5 stars

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