Tallowwood (Belen’s Review)


Title: Tallowwood
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: September 25, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense, Murder/Mystery, Romance
Page Count: N/A
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Cold cases, murder, lies, and an unimaginable truth

Sydney detective August Shaw has spent the last decade of work solving cold cases. Since the death of his boyfriend eight years ago, August works alone, lives alone, is alone — and that’s exactly how he likes it. His work is his entire life, and he’s convinced a string of unsolved cold-case suicides are linked to what could be Australia’s worst ever serial killer. Problem is, no one believes him.

Senior Constable Jacob Porter loves his life in the small town of Tallowwood in the middle of the rainforests in northern New South Wales. He runs summer camps for the local Indigenous kids, plays rugby with his mates, has a close family, and he’s the local LGBTQIA+ Liaison and the Indigenous Liaison Officer.

When human remains are found in the camping grounds at Tallowwood Reserve, Jake’s new case turns out to be linked to August’s cold cases, and Jake agrees they’re not suicides at all. With Jacob now firmly in August’s corner, they face one hurdle after another, even when more remains are found, they still can’t seem to gain ground.

But when the body of a fellow police officer turns up under the same MO, it can’t be ignored anymore. August and Jake must trace the untraceable before the killer takes his next victim or before he stops one of them, permanently.


Wow!

Tallowwood absolutely sucked me in from the beginning, but about midway through I became riveted and couldn’t put it down.

The suspense is expertly woven into the story, heightening the tension perfectly. It’s a great plot, great characters, and a great ending.

Dual, third person, POV with a captivating plot, suspense, some action, and a very happy ending.

Recommended!

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Galley copy of Tallowwood provided by NR Walker in exchange of an honest review.

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Full of mystery, intrigue, death, life and a budding romance, this is just one more story that N.R. Walker has perfectly crafted and bestowed upon her readers. I would absolutely recommend this one.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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