Jake Boulder’s help is requested by his best friend, Alfonse, when his cousin is crucified and burned alive along with his wife and children. As Boulder tries to track the heinous killer, a young woman is abducted. Soon her body is discovered and Boulder realises both murders have something unusual in common.
With virtually no leads for Boulder to follow, he strives to find a way to get a clue as to the killer’s identity. But is he hunting for one killer or more?
After a young couple are snatched in the middle of the night the case takes a brutal turn. When the FBI are invited to help with the case, Boulder finds himself warned off the investigation. When gruesome, and incendiary, footage from a mobile phone is sent to all the major US News outlets and the pressure to find those responsible for the crimes mounts. But with the authorities against him can Boulder catch the killer before it’s too late?
Watching The Bodies was a great start to a new crime series and was very much looking forward to the next in the series, The Kindred Killers. I wouldn’t say it was essential to have read the first book in the series as this does work well as a stand alone.
Graham Smith is a man who knows how to shock his readers. I thought the serial killer in the first book was twisted but the killers in this, wow! He really takes the shock factor to the next level. The way the victims get killed in this book certainly are not for the faint hearted. They were particularly gruesome yet it had me so engrossed in the whole story I really couldn’t get enough. I think I must have read this book with a series O mouth going on.
We see more of Jake and Alfonse’s working relationship and friendship which I enjoyed as Alfonse was more in the back ground in the first one. I really felt for him as to have family members killed in such a gruesome way was just horrific. Not only that, he obviously wants answers and whoever is responsible to pay for their actions. We also find out a bit more background to Jake which will definitely interest fans though I have a feeling the author still has a lot more to share with us!
The Kindred Killers is a seriously great follow up to what is already set to be a brilliant series. It’s one of those books that thrilled and excited me and that left me desperate to talk about it with other readers. For me that really is the sign of a great book. Can not wait for the next book now as the author has truly shown he is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to writing crime books.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
The Kindred Killers is available to purchase from Amazon.
A time served joiner Graham has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and now two books in the crime series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.