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FEAR DREAMS: A shocking psychological thriller (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 1)
HER LAST BREATH: A psychological thriller perfect for Hitchcock fans (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 2)
WATCHING YOU: A terrifying thriller with a mind-bending twist (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 3)
SHOELESS CHILD: A heart-stopping thriller (Detective Kerri Blasco Book 4)
About the Author
J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek. She is the author of the Embryo medical thriller series, and of the Detective Kerri Blasco Police/Psychological Thrillers: Fear Dreams, Her Last Breath, Watching You, and Shoeless Child.
She loves to hear from her readers. Her website is jaschneiderauthor.net, her email address is joyce (at) jaschneiderauthor.net, and come say hi on Facebook tinyurl.com/7fm44mk. She lives with her family in Connecticut, loves gardening, and is working on her next Detective Kerri Blasco thriller.
Author J.A. Schneider’s “Shoeless Child” is the fourth entry in her Detective Kerri Blasco series. While it may not be the “heart-stopping” thriller proclaimed in the book’s title blurb, there was enough going on to keep me interested all the way through.
The story and plot are the stars here, and take precedence over deep character development. The author moves quickly, pushing the action on a steady pace that helps to keep readers involved, and I finished it in two sittings. The quick pacing is a five-star aspect of this novel.
I had a hunch who the killer was, but had no solid proof to connect my suspect with the final outcome. Ms. Schneider does leave a few clues that could potentially be used to deduce the guilty person, but the twist at the end was totally unexpected yet fit neatly with what we had learned up to that point. I was happy the author did not rely on a contrived plot in order to force her story to make sense.
I struggled with some of the police procedural aspects. For instance, the reasons for the initial arrest were weak and probably would not have generated a warrant. Using this ploy to push the heroine into the role of “smart cop on the team” has been done over and over in books and mostly movies and television, and I felt the author could have achieved the same effect without using a tired technique.
Overall, this is a quick-paced energetic tale combined with imaginative yet realistic plot details that one can’t help but walk away from the last page feeling entertained. Kerri Blasco is an intelligent policewoman, and the author has thankfully not felt compelled to inject the snappy wisecracks that fill the pages of most books in this genre. Even without the patter, Blasco’s smarts and desire to succeed help define her character and present us with a heroine we can cheer for. Four stars.
Shoeless Child is a thriller that packs a punch, from the first page where Charlie, the shoeless child, runs frantic ally away from the killer who attacked his mom and killed another woman. Your heart goes out to the little one: “Breath wouldn’t come, just a high, mewling sound like a terrified kitten fleeing a mad dog.” His mother hasn’t seen her attacker because of his ski mask. Charlie may have pulled it away. He is the only witness who may identify the killer.
After the required six shrink visits, this crime happens on Kerri Blasco first night back in the field, Her partner, Alex. is also the love interest, but both of them know that their relationship would be frowned upon:“Can’t have romance between detective pairs!… Emotional involvement clouds judgment.”
Informed by classic literature, J.A. Schneider is a skilled writer and she knows how to keep suspense going, all the while putting you inside the mind of her characters. Want to delve into the murderer’s mind, describing the kid as “slippery as an eel,” and the kill as ‘A daring achievement,” a way to “feel manly. Lose the fear.”
Will Charlie find a way to talk again? Will he point the killer out in time, before another crime is committed?
Yet once again, my favorite mystery author JA Schneider has delivered an adrenaline pumping, gripping, shocking an emotional story to full color, five alarm life! Her use of realistic and emotionally charging characters in a truly believable plot will leave you twisting and turning into the night, madly swiping pages to get to the blood pumping, heart beating end that totally blows your mind. Some may cleverly think they have the killer picked out in their minds before reaching the conclusion but to true JA Schneider fashion, don’t EVER underestimate her ability to throw such a curveball in there that will have you shaking your head in disbelief long after you close this book. I’ve read very few truly remarkable works of art and authors that put such heart and soul into everything they write and let me tell you, look no farther than JA Schneider and her literary masterpiece, “Shoeless Child.”
J.A. Schneider writes books that draw me into the plot from the very beginning. I forget that until I start the next one. Shoeless Child is no exception. I love the Detective Blasco series. Maybe the draw to the stories are Kerri's emotional involvement in the cases and her personal life? Shoeless Child is the story of a young boy who witnesses the shooting of his mother and the murder of one of her friends. I had no clue who the perpetrator was and the reasoning was not even close. Enjoyed reading this suspense mystery and would highly recommend it.
I loved this book! Exciting, different, and a refreshing perspective on the cop drama writing that seems to be all the rage these days. (I love it!)
When a murder and attempted murder take place in a NY apartment building, Kerri and Alex are called back into action. And there is no shortage of suspects behind this crime.
I love the dynamics between the characters, the portrayed accuracy (I don’t actually know how these things work) and the genuine excitement I feel while reading J.A’s work! Very well done and I’m hoping for a 5th book!