** advanced copy received via publisher **
It’s my pleasure to be hosting a stop on the blogblitz for Don’t Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood today. Many thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for the opportunity and the advanced copy.
Author : D.K. Hood
Title : Don’t Tell A Soul
Series : Detectives Kane and Alton #1
Pages : 277
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : October 30, 2017
When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.
Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.
Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?
Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?
Don’t Tell A Soul is the first instalment in a brand-new detective series by D.K. Hood. Set in the small town of Black Rock Falls, you’d think nothing much extraordinary happens there. Which is exactly why David Kane ends up there, for a quiet life. But things don’t turn out that way.
Kane and Alton meet in the most unusual circumstances that I won’t talk about because hello, spoilers. Suffice to say, Kane’s dreams of a restful existence soon bite the dust and it’s one of the best introductions between characters I’ve ever read. Then a body is found dumped in a barrel at a landfill. It soon transpires more visitors to the town may be missing. What is happening to these people? Why are they being targeted? And who is responsible?
Both Kane and Alton seem to have incredibly interesting backstories. While the author does allude to some events, we don’t yet get a lot of information but it will keep a reader hooked and eager to find out more about them in the next book. There is a truckload of potential there! It did take me a while to warm to these characters as I felt most of them were just plain arrogant and unlikable but I’m glad I kept on reading.
As for the investigation, I figured things out quite early on but that didn’t stop me from eagerly swiping the pages. My only misgiving was related to Jenna Alton. For most of the story, she’s a strong and intelligent woman, capable of fighting her own battles until she suddenly makes a few stupid decisions and things become a tad too predictable. While I realise this was in an effort to move the storyline ahead, I can’t help but wonder if maybe that couldn’t have been done another way.
Overall though, this is a solid start to a new series. Don’t Tell A Soul has an intriguing and gripping plot and I enjoyed getting to know the residents of Black Rock Falls. I look forward to learning more about Kane and Alton and see their characters develop as the series continues.
Don’t Tell A Soul is available for purchase now.
Born in London U.K, I traveled extensively before settling in sunny Australia. My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’m looking forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.