Splintered by SJD Peterson ~ Book Review by Caroline

22792408 Title: Splintered

Author: SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.

Caroline’s View:

Things are not good for the gay community in Chicago. Effeminate gay men are being snatched off the streets, they are being tortured and killed and dumped around the city and the lax and homophobic attitude of the police force has meant the killer is still out there committing crimes. Only when the FBI are called in does it become apparent just how serious the problem is. There are 18 deaths and counting and absolutely no leads.

When Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team are brought in to help solve the latest two murders they are incensed at the way the case has so far been handled. Although they work every hour they can after a couple of weeks they are still no clearer as to who the culprit is.

One of their leads takes them to Noah Walker who is a student in forensic psychology and who has an immense knowledge of the case. His childhood has left him with nightmares and a strange insight into serial killers but Hutch can’t decide whether he is friend of foe. When the killer takes an unhealthy interest in Noah it becomes clear he is more a victim than perpetrator.

When Noah needs protection Hutch moves him in with their team but the sexual tension between them begins to affect how they work.

As the case stagnates the only way to grab the killer’s attention is to bait him and although it works it has drastic consequences. Hutch has promised Noah that he will keep him safe no matter what but the killer is clever and this may be a promise Hutch finds himself unable to keep. Noah is haunted by his childhood memories and will have to dig deep if he is going to save himself and the team he has grown so close to.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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