Hello Everyone! Today I am hosting the Prey of Desire virtual book tour hosted by Sage's Blog Tours. Prey of Desire is a mystery-suspense/new adult novel and is definitely suspenseful! Scroll down to find my review and a giveaway by the author!
Prey of Desire
By JC Gatlin
Published February 2014
4 stars - Absolutely Suspenseful!
They said the disappearance of two high school students over 25 years ago was mystery that couldn't be solved.
No one ever said it shouldn't be.
Following the abrupt end of a relationship, college student Kimberly Bradford finds comfort in the friendship with her over-the-top neighbor, Mallory. And, Mallory encourages her to get back out there. She would of course if it weren't for the thrilling little love notes and gifts she's been receiving.
Kim thinks they're from her ex-fiancee, not realizing he's been murdered. Worse, whoever is sending her all the extra attention is not only in her inner-circle, but has a connection to that unsolved murder some 25 years ago. That connection puts her life in danger, and exposes secrets better left buried around her closest friends and family.
Wow, this novel is definitely suspenseful and kind of creepy! The first couple pages pull you in and don't let go. There are guys being murdered and poetry being whispered through the phone by someone that no one would guess. Some of the murder scenes are kind of graphic but they definitely add the to the scary factor of the murders. This book was definitely a mystery because I never saw the ending coming. I figured I knew who the murderer was halfway through the book but found myself proven wrong not once, but twice!
Kim was a pretty real character and I absolutely loved her dog, Zues. :) Her ex-fiancee is no where to be found but she's pretty sure that she's getting love notes and mysterious phone calls from him. She soon figures out that something strange is going on and it might not be her ex-fiancee. Kim was a pretty strong character near the end and you'll see what I mean once you read it. Mallory was Kim's close friend and I thought she grew a little near the end of the book. I'll admit that she kind of bothered me during the middle but, in the end, she proved to be a great friend for Kim.
I don't want to give too much away because the great thing about this book is the not knowing. The ending is absolutely suspenseful and had me holding my breath waiting to see what would happen next. Gatlin did a great job at keeping the reader interested for most of the book and for confusing the reader as to who the real suspect was. If you love mystery and suspense, then this is the book for you!
Read about the author and enter the giveaway below!
JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about the art of spinning a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat mystery yarn.
Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine -- a small Texas town just outside of Dallas. He moved to Tampa in 1999, and most of his stories feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrop.