Absolutely thrilled to bits to be taking part in the Watching The Bodies by Graham Smith blog tour today and finally sharing my review.
WATCHING THE BODIES: An utterly gripping new crime thriller.
When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.
As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive. But who will it be?
Watching The Bodies is the start of Graham Smith’s new series featuring Jake Boulder. Along with introducing us to new characters, Smith takes us to the USA as it is set in Casperton, Utah. I have really enjoyed the books I have read in Smith’s Major Crime Team series and was eager to get my hands on a copy of Watching The Bodies.
Jake Boulder is a Glaswegian living in Utah, working as a doorman in a local rock bar and occasional private investigator to help out his friend, Alfonse. When the body of a local girl and friend, Kira, is discovered with multiple stab wounds, Alfonse is hired by her family to find her killer. Jake agrees to help his friend as the local police force are, quite frankly, pretty useless. As more bodies are found, Jake and Alfonse find themselves in a frantic race against time to work out who the killer is before the body count becomes even higher.
It’s always exciting to be introduced to the new characters in a series and Jake Boulder is brilliant! I loved the fact that he is Scottish (especially Glaswegian) and that he feels a connection to his Scottish roots despite having lived in America for a number of years. It makes a change when the main character is not a detective as it gives you a different perspective and they are not governed by the procedures and red tape that police personnel are. It gives them scope to be a bit naughty within their investigation, bypassing the need for court orders. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jake’s character develops throughout the series.
I love a well-developed, intriguing baddie in a crime novel and Smith has created his wonderfully. Smith tells the story through Jake in first and the Watcher in third person narrative, the switch between the two works really well in giving you both perspectives. Smith tantalisingly drip feeds information about the Watcher throughout the novel leaving you wanting to understand him. I was dying to find out the motivation for his crimes and the reasons for who he is choosing to kill. Smith has created a clever, fascinating antagonist. Smith’s prose in describing how the Watcher chooses his murder weapons really stood out for me, and the Watcher is both compelling and abhorrent.
As Jake makes the connections needed to solve the crimes, and the book reaches its staggering crescendo, the reader is left on the edge of their seat. Watching the Bodies is a fast-paced, riveting page-turner that is incredibly difficult to put down. A fantastic and promising start to a new crime series.
Published on 18 April 2017 by Bloodhound Books.
About Graham Smith
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team.
A huge thank you to Graham Smith and Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for the advance copy of Watching the Bodies and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Follow the rest of the tour…