Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the Confessions Publicity book tour
A Life Removed is an intense read and in my opinion the best to date from Jason Parent. I was on the edge of my seat and the tension between the detectives and the potential suspects was gripping. I wasn’t sure who to trust and the criminals were down right frightening. They lacked any moral compass and it was easy to feel their level of crazy. The cold and calculating way they operated with such precision was excellent. I loved the way Jason slowly unraveled the mystery while keeping it filled with plenty of horror and never letting up on the level of danger our characters found themselves in. From the beginning of A Life Removed I really liked the two detectives working the case. They were all business and played off each other well. The protagonist, Aaron, is so deeply damaged he needs a level of encouragement that is unimaginable just to function day-to-day. I hated him almost from the beginning and my hate only grew with each chapter. Whether intentional or not, Jason did a great job drawing this level of emotion from me. Anytime I can feel this strongly about a character, good or bad, I know they were very well written. The antagonists were also excellent and it scared me to think how a writer can grasp that level of evil. For me the ending was a surprise, I didn’t see it taking that turn but I thought it was perfect with how the story progressed. A Life Removed was a great read, a complete pleasure and I didn’t put it down for a minute.
Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Release date: May 23, 2017
Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.
Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain.
If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him.
Jason Parent, Biography-
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.
In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute timeframe they see on TV (it’s harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he’s back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that’s another story.
When he’s not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody’s head off – he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.
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