Review: ‘Under The Woods’, by KA Richardson

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Published by: Bloodhound Books

Publication Date: 27th April 2018

I.S.B.N.: 9781912604241

Format: Paperback

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Blurb

When a homeless woman, Cheryl Whiffen, hears voices in her head telling her to do bad things, she can’t help but obey.

But when Cheryl becomes the victim of a serial killer who is collecting angels, this time the voices can’t help her. She is deemed not worthy of being an angel and the killer has to find another way to dispose of her body.

TJ Tulley has connections in the police force – her brother Jacob is a digital forensic analyst and her soon to be sister-in-law is a CSI. She knows many of their colleagues so when someone breaks into her house at the riding stables she owns, it’s not a surprise when the police dispatch CSI Jackson Doherty.

Is there a link between a suspicious fire at the stables and the serial killer?

As TJ and Doherty get closer to the truth they don’t realise the danger they are in. He is a killer – he’s angry at their investigation and he’ll do just about anything to protect his angels…


My Review
Received via Netgalley in return for an honest review
Thanks to Sarah Hardy who arranged the blog tour for contacting me about this one. Some of my favourite books this year have come from Bloodhound Books, and I am now auto-approved on Netgalley so, yay!
This is the forth book in the Forensics Series, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. It alternates between the forensic/TJ view point and the killer/his victim’s view point, and that is incredibly creepy! I had to take breaks between reading some chapters, rather than my usual ‘devour in one sitting’ method, because certain parts of the book were quite disturbing. Things like torture, and stalking.
The development of the relationship between Jackson and TJ felt ‘real’, and so did the internal monologue of the killer, although I haven’t actually been inside a sadistic serial killer’s head so I could be wrong. It was a frightening place, thanks for the nightmares, Kerry!

The development of TJ and Jackson relationship, and their character development lightened the narrative somewhat. The depiction of troubled Matthew and abused Sally is sensitive and intelligent.

The first half was difficult going, as I mentioned above, but the second half flew by, as the investigation ramped up and the killer is slowly trapped by the evidence. The details of the police answer CSI procedures and interactions seem real, especially the references to budget cuts and staffing problems.

There was maybe a touch too much over explanation of TJ’s fainting fits. But that was the only negative thing I felt.

4/5


And for those interested in knowing a bit more about the book and author, I have included Kerry’s bio and links below. I’d just like to add, I’m bloody jealous of her two 3-book deals! I admit it, I get a bit jealous of other’s successes but it’s a good jealousy, I want to do as well as them and I want them to carry on doing well. With her background, Kerry certainly has a good knowledge base for her writing and deserves her success.

Author Bio:

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My name is Kerry-Ann Richardson (generally known as Kerry) and I write as KA Richardson. I started writing the North East Police series in 2010 when I was working towards my MA Creative Writing – I used the first 15000 words of With Deadly Intent as my dissertation. I passed my MA in 2011 and kept on writing. This all came about from working as a Crime Scene Investigator – I’d always written but when I was a CSI I went to see a psychic, Anthony, and he wanted to know why I wasn’t writing. He reminded me that it was my passion and said he could see me signing in Waterstones in 5 years. That was 5.5 years before my first ever signing in Waterstones so he wasn’t far wrong!

I did the normal things writers do when their book is ready to go out into the world – submitted to agents etc. I got a few nice personal responses back – still saying no but being constructive and polite about it. I approached Darren Laws from Caffeine Nights whilst at a crime festival and he asked to see my work. He agreed to publish With Deadly Intent from there, and once that was out I approached Bloodhound Books as wanted to know if there was any other interest in my novels. Bloodhound came back within 24 hours and offered me a 3 book deal! And I’ve since signed an additional 3 book deal with them which covers the series up to and including book 7!

Links:

Website: www.kerryannrichardson.com

Twitter: @kerryann77 or @karichardson77

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ka.richardsonwriter

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1491858252&sr=8-2-ent

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