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There were no grammatical errors, the writing style is tight. The story is fast paced and interesting. The characters are well developed and believable. Flow is good and there are no slow points, even with the use of flashbacks.
The only thing I found that some may think is a "negative": The story at times becomes a little "preachy" with regard to religion, but not overly as to offend readers of another faith--- it is there to develop the characters. Mr. Francesco has written a brilliant work with this debut novel, and is sure to have an exciting writing career!
The concept of the "Blood Chain Killer" is an interesting one, and it keeps the reader enthralled until the final page.
Keep an eye out for this author--he's one to watch! Recommended for fans of: Ted Dekker, Dean Koontz, Stephen King
While I do not normally read this genre, I was intrigued by the idea of a crime novel seen through a Catholic lens. Indeed, upon delving into the story, I found that this added a certain depth to the storyline, making BLOOD CHAIN stand out as unique.
J.J. Francesco's debut novel is a thrilling page-turner that will keep you guessing. However, there is far more to it than that. It is a page-turner with merit. The reader does not simply turn the page to find out what happens next in the storyline, but to also see how the events play a role in the grand scheme of things. Each death, as gruesome and terrifying as it may be, has greater meaning. The novel is largely philosophical in the way that it presents Truth, inspiring the reader to mull over its themes and discussions. The characters are also well-drawn, allowing you to grow to know them deeply. As a result, you form a personal connection to these fictional heroes, as if they were real people.
This is not an easy read, especially for someone as squeamish as I am. However, despite the difficulties faced by Julie Martel and her son Patrick, the ending ultimately leaves the reader with a sense of hope.
J.J. Francesco is a excellent new voice in crime fiction. His next book is due for release soon, and I look forward to reading it.
Interesting characters, and the mind of the psycho killer is unlike one I've heard of yet. Yes, the book has strong religious tones in it, but to me it adds to the 'good vs evil' contradictions.
I'd say that the future of gripping suspense novels is in good hands.
As dark as the material and plot may be, the shining light in it is the fact that the characters hold onto hope - furnished by their Catholic faith - in a way that is neither preachy nor understated.
Overall - Heavy material with a complex plot and issues - predictable at points - but well written and the black and white nature of the violence makes it a good way to show that no matter how much brokenness the world has there is light and hope if we remember to look for the sunlight. Recommended for 18+ age wise due to content.