ARC Review ~ 19 Souls by J. D. Allen

Book: 19 Souls

Author: J. D. Allen

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller

Release: Midnight Ink | February 8, 2018

Source: Publisher

Private Investigator Jim Bean is a straightforward, to-the-point man. When his latest client, Sophie Evers, asks him to find her brother Daniel, Jim has no idea how complicated his life is about to become.

Daniel is not Sophie’s brother. He is her most coveted prey. Clinging to the belief that they belong together, Sophie kills Daniel’s real sister to manipulate Jim into flushing Daniel out of hiding. She will create the “perfect life” for the only man she’s ever loved, no matter how many people she must kill along the way.

When Jim discovers the truth about Sophie, he’s driven to set things right before her delusional plan claims even more souls.

With a series name like Sin City Investigation, this book immediately got my attention. And the plot was interesting, we got a dangerous woman who wants to find the man she loves and is willing to do whatever it takes to find him, including killing his sister and impersonating her to hire a PI to do her footwork. Yes? No? It was a definite yes for me.

There were a couple of issues I had with this story though. While the idea of a murderess who clearly has mental issues appealed to me, we didn’t spend enough time in her mind for me to fully grasp her psyche, which was what interested me the most in this story. Sure, we read her point of view but it was very superficial, not enough to convince me I had front row seat to her mindset.

And the general tone of the book. I get that this was an advanced copy, so I’m setting aside the editing mistakes, but the pace, the drive from point A to point B wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve wished. The narration was choppy at best, with no real connection between the PI Jim Bean-don’t ask about the name- who’s one main character, and the murderess lover girl Sophie, who happens to be the other. I just couldn’t buy Jim’s desire to solve this case and help save the object of Sophie’s obsession. And the fact that the whole story, and the series, seems to be based on Jim’s investigative services, it just felt like probable cause to help bring these two characters together so we can have a book.

There was a slight romance on the side that I thought was also unnecessary. And I’m sorry to say that the ending seemed rushed.

I still think this could be a decent read and a decent series if everything can be polished a bit. I like the idea of a PI’s misadventures after all, there’s promise there in Jim Bean’s rugged nature.

I’m adding two spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.



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