Delighted to be kicking off D.K.Hood’s blog tour today for her new release, ‘Bring Me Flowers’. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:
She didn’t know he was watching. Until it was too late.
She’d walked this path hundreds of times before, she knew every twist and turn. But today was different. She didn’t know someone was waiting for her, hidden away from view. She didn’t know this was the last time she’d walk this path.
Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.
With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.
Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.
The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living amongst them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.
As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …
What does TWG think?
Oh my flipping goodness!! Just to make you aware, ‘Bring Me Flowers is the second book in the series and I do recommend that you read the books in order, otherwise some of the character personalities won’t make much sense without a little bit more of background information.
DK Hood’s latest book is another novel which I just want to shout ‘OMG DID YOU READ THE PART WHERE….’ or ‘WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING WHEN THEY….’. But I can’t as I really don’t want to give anything away. Be prepared for some gruesome scenes though, that’s for sure!
Now, I have read the first book in the series and I have to say, ‘Bring Me Flowers’ is even better than the first! I love Kane and Alton’s relationship throughout the story, they really do work well together considering how things were when they first met. In this book, we get to find out a little more about each of them and why they’re there. Not fully mind, but enough to fill the hole of curiosity for a little bit longer.
I think a lot of people forget that Detectives, paramedics, or anyone in the emergency services, are in fact real human beings with feelings. Until now, I perceived Alton as a hard-nosed, determined, fire cracker of a character and, whilst she still holds those traits, I was able to see a different side of her when it came to the murders in this book. What do I mean? Well, she actually came across human when the murders affected her in various ways. It probably sounds harsh to say, but her reaction actually surprised me! That said, I am glad that she let her guard down enough to show a different side to her personality.
‘Bring Me Flowers’ is such an addictive, fast paced and gruesome read which kept me guessing until the very last page. I was adamant I knew who the culprit was, but I was wrong. So very wrong! I am so impressed by how many red herrings the author managed to incorporate into her storyline without making them too obvious. It isn’t until you’ve finished reading the book that the red herrings become blindly obvious because you know the truth. Whilst you are reading the book however, the author has written the storyline in such a way that if she were to tell you that the sky was pink with green polka dots, the chance of you believing her are incredibly high.
I cannot fault this book at all – if I could read it all over again for the very first time, I would jump at the chance!! In my opinion, ‘Bring Me Flowers’ is the best book of the series so far and I absolutely cannot WAIT to see what the detectives are up against next.
Hard hitting, addictive, and incredibly chilling, you will be begging someone to NOT ‘Bring You Flowers’ by the end of this book. A truly toe curling read – fantastic!
About the author.
I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
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’ll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.
D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.