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Book Review: A Life Removed by Jason Parent

Title: A Life Removed

Author: Jason Parent

Published: 2017

Pages: 280

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Format: Print copy mailed by author in exchange for an honest review

My rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis:

Detectives Bruce Marklin and Jocelyn Beaudette have put plenty of criminals behind bars. But a new terror is stalking their city. The killer’s violent crimes are ritualistic but seemingly indiscriminate. As the death toll rises, the detectives must track a murderer without motive. The next kill could be anyone… maybe even one of their own.
Officer Aaron Pimental sees no hope for himself or humanity. His girlfriend is pulling away, and his best friend has found religion. When Aaron is thrust into the heart of the investigation, he must choose who he will become, the hero or the villain.
If Aaron doesn’t decide soon, the choice will be made for him.


Review:

This fast-paced, psychological thriller/murder mystery is not for the faint of heart or the weak stomach (play on words 😉 ). The narration was well done by Parent as he painted an intricate and multi-layered plot that engrosses the reader from page 1 through the epilogue. The shifts in perspectives add suspense in addition to knowledge we have and the other major characters do not, laying out insecurities and inner struggles. Content-wise, I felt like I was reading an episode for The Blacklist because of the obscure nature of the heroes/criminals plus the motives and reasoning behind their acts. We see the motivations linked to what can be argued as a cult, using the Bible as a weapon. There is also interesting commentary on policing and potential corruption in the force when it comes to providing safety for those who feel in danger. Additionally, there are themes of depression, anxiety, and self-control that underpin many interactions. Although for me it was too gory and vividly detailed, it had the right amount of horror, terror, and mystery to keep you thinking long after you finish.


Read A Life Removed if you like the themes of:

  • Redemption
  • Psychological thriller
  • Horror
  • Detective work/Policing
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