Title: Splintered (Hunting Evil, Book 1) Second Edition
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre(s): Crime Procedural
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.
Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.
Splintered by SJD Peterson is a crime thriller about the chase to catch a sadistic serial killer whose victims are gay guys. There is suspense, mystery and a hell of an awesome team of investigators. It was creepy and dark with a lot of blood and death.
Special agent Todd Hutchinson or Hutch is leading an investigation on a serial killer running rampant. Already 18 men are dead and Hutch is running out of time before the next killing. The local authorities have all done a piss poor job to do catch the perp and there are next to nothing leads. Based on thin threads of lead and limited knowledge Hutch and his team find out about Noah Walker. Noah fits Hutch’s profile as the killer but his exceptional knowledge about forensic psychology comes as a big help to the team. Hutch insults the killer in the media once which makes an already unstable situation more dicey. Noah becomes the killer’s next target. What ensues is some exceptional investigation and near death interactions to stop the killer.
The story is completely packed with the investigation and the process of four brilliant minds collaborating to catch one vicious killer. The ending was really something. I have read quite many thrillers with graphic violence and this read falls right into that category.
If you are more interested in the thriller/crime or the mystery solving process then this book is just what you need. For those who are looking for romance then this book will disappoint you big time. Hutch and Noah did not have much chemistry. There is only one sex scene and for which I had to wait for a really long time*sigh* Given the circumstances in which hutch and Noah come together the absence of more romance or sexy moments feels justified.
I loved Hutch’s team. Granite and Byte made very good side characters. The dynamics among the trio was awesome. Their continuous bickering and then working together like a well-oiled machine really worked wonders for the entire story. They do make some way too stupid calls at the end but that did not quite hamper the thrill of the read.
All in all, this book can primarily be categorized under a crime thriller rather than a romance. I cannot end this review without commenting on the cover. It is too good, fit the story completely. I love anything related to law enforcement or crime so this read was treat for me.