Splintered by SJD Peterson ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

SplinteredAUDLGTitle: Splintered

Author: SJD Peterson

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/08/2015

Length: 07 hours 00 minutes

Genre: M/M Romance, Thriller

Summary:

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.

Story Review:

Splintered sounded like the perfect story for me. Sexy FBI agents, scary murders and repressed desires. While I didn’t hate the story I certainly didn’t love it either. I had a very different opinion from when the book was reviewed on Prism Book Alliance before. (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/10/splintered-by-sjd-peterson-book-review-by-caroline/)
There’s plenty of cop action and investigation as three FBI agents, Hutch, Granite and Byte, try to find the killer of numerous gay men in Chicago. I enjoyed the plot and the murder mystery, what I didn’t like so much were the main characters. It wasn’t that they were ill-defined or even poorly constructed, because all the men had very distinct characters. With the exception of Noah, they just didn’t seem realistic to me.
I didn’t believe that these three guys could actually be FBI agents. They seemed more like over-the-top movie type agents than capable real-life agents. I don’t think guys like Hutch, Granite and Byte could interact with each other like they did and still be allowed on the job. Maybe independent contracts, but not honest-to-goodness cops.
Hutch and Granite’s snarky relationship, though funny at times, didn’t ring true as real G-Men. I understand they could act one way around each other and another way around their superiors, but they didn’t seem at all like agents who could willingly follow orders, especially if it was in opposition to their own goals.
I did like Noah and was happy when he and Hutch got together. I understood his motives and desires because he was less overdramatic and more down to earth. Though he did do something incredibly stupid than had me screaming on the outside. It was truly a too stupid to live moment.
The writing here is top notch, complaints there. The author had a perfect handle on the characters and the plot, they just weren’t to my taste. However, I’d still recommend this book or audiobook to anyone considering it.
The ending wasn’t too my taste, but that might be because I’ve seen similar ones on shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, which I watch all the time. Readers not obsessed with crime shows like I am could find it unique and refreshing.
3.5 stars

Narration Review:

Narrator Rusty Topsfield did a superb job with this book. As I said in the review of the story the four main characters are all distinct and unique. Topsfield managed to create individual voices for each of them, I never had a problem telling them a part.
He also managed to express the suspense when needed as well as the sexiness of the erotic scenes
5 stars

Links

Splintered on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook 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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