- File Size: 2118 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Bloodhound Books (April 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071DGXWJ3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Watching The Bodies (Jake Boulder Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Let’s start with our protagonist. Jake Boulder isn’t a police officer or detective. He’s just a guy who works in a bar called The Joshua Tree. He has commitment issues, a narcissistic mother and a temper that boils right underneath the surface, ready to ignite before you get the chance to say “Oh, Jake, take me away!”. He’s intelligent, perceptive and determined but not exactly the man you take home to meet your parents. Still, that whole dark and brooding thing he has going on totally got my pulse racing and he makes an excellent narrator.
His best friend Alphonse is a private detective and a whizz at all things IT. When he’s hired to investigate the murder of Kira Niemeyer, he quickly enlists the help of Jake. I really enjoyed the banter between these two. Their longtime friendship is a thing of beauty.
Now, this killer, The Watcher, is something else. Not only does he have the most unusual way of choosing his next victim, he also has a novel approach to deciding how they die. Genius! The Watcher is on a mission. He wants to go down in history and he will stop at nothing to achieve that.
Watching the Bodies is one of the best crime fiction thrillers I’ve ever read and a brilliant start to a new series. I could point out that maybe the ending wasn’t exactly what I’d been expecting but then I’d just be nitpicking. However, if the author’s aim was to leave the reader wanting more, then he totally succeeded in that and I absolutely can’t wait for the next instalment!
The main character, Jake, had a lot of the same problems many of us do; fear of commitment in his romantic relationships, a mother whose biological clock for grand-children is running out of time, a job which allows him to be able to give in to his somewhat violent nature (he's a bouncer in the local bar), and a friend who is a tech savvy guy who is allowed to help out the beleaguered Sheriff in their small town. All of these ingredients are pretty much standard fare in such books but the author, like a good cook, mixes them all together to make for a very tasty main course.
This is the first installment in the Jake Boulder series and I, for one, am looking forward to the next installment. It is no small feat for an author to stand out in an extremely crowded field, but Mr. Smith has already begun to set himself apart from the rest of the pack. I don't think we've heard the last of Jake Boulder, or Graham Smith for that matter. If you appreciate a good book with interesting, believable characters, a strong plot line, and an ending that doesn't defy logic like so many others of it's kind, spend a little time with Jake Boulder-you'll be glad you did.
Without going into any more detail, you should read it, it will keep you interested.
I did find it hard to believe that the town’s Chief of Police and the FBI would let a civilian get so involved in a serial murder case; however, I just chalked it up to “artistic license”. Also, I would have liked a little more of an ending; an epilog could have tied it up nicely.
As an aside (and not as a criticism) based on the way some contractions were used, I could tell Mr. Smith wasn’t raised using U.S. English. Four examples: “I’ve to pick her up at the Coroner’s Office” – “That’s why I’ve not had a drink for so long” – “I’ve a lot to tell you” – “It’s a promise I daren’t break” It didn’t keep me from enjoying this book – just sounded a little strange to my U.S. ears.