He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.
I never normally don’t finish books but 2019 has already bought me a second such one, after previously being unable to continue listening to an audio book I talked about in my January Book Reviews.
I started off slowly with this one as it was quite laden with ‘technicalities’ of the policing system and how people are organised. The first two chapters were great, describing the two murders and this really grabbed my attention, leaving you with many questions like why, who and what could link them. But following this the action slowed right down and became a little drab.
The story then moved into rather more uncomfortable territory and I just didn’t feel like continuing reading. I read some other reviews to see what others had thought, and found some with the same feelings as me. As I said, I don’t like not finishing a book, even if I am not loving it, but knowing people had similar thoughts about it to me made me feel a little better. I will say though, there were many good reviews with people loving it so it is definitely just a matter of personal taste I think.
I loved the sound of this book but unfortunately it just felt a little overladen with unnecessary detail for me which slowed the reading pace down and did not keep me engaged. This then made the uncomfortable content more difficult to deal with, as the pace of the book was too slow to keep it intriguing, and it just felt uncomfortable.
In Spiral Into Darkness, I explore the concept of nature vs nurture, or more specifically, is a murderer born or made? In the book, the murderer struggled with his own family growing up because his parents adopted another youngster. The adoption, through the murderer’s eyes, didn’t go well. He saw the adoption as “ruining” the family unit.
In the book, I also explore two other themes: one involves sexual experimentation between two of the adopted brothers in the Evans family. It is uncomfortable because in the course of the book (the story takes place in approximately one week’s time period), the parents don’t quite know how to respond to the experimentation and I set their response aside, for the most part, until the subsequent book (still being written). So the question then becomes, is being gay nature or nurture? The second theme, adoption, is the root for the story. The murderer uses the two newest adopted boys in the Evans family as another example of a family unit being disrupted, which is why he targets them.
Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.
Lewis uses his psychology and counselling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.
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So far 2019 has bought me a very mixed bag when it comes to reading! What are you currently reading and enjoying? Let me know in the comments below,
Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book in return for my honest review. Check out other people’s thoughts at the blogs below