This was a fine, fine book, but I forgot to write a review and now I barely remember. I’ll just copy the publisher’s summary and add my comments. (First time I’ve done that – ) I read the second in the series simply because this was soooo good. I read it right the next day!
Next of Kin
by James Tucker
2017 / 350 pages
Read by Christopher Lane – 8h 43m
From the publisher:
New Year’s Eve celebration begins with the pop of a champagne cork – and ends with the bone-chilling screams of a killer’s victims . Ten-year-old Ben Brook is the lone survivor of the brutal murder of his wealthy family at their upstate New York compound. But from the moment he evades death, Ben’s life is in constant danger. Can NYPD detective Buddy Lock keep the boy safe from a killer intent on wiping out the entire Brook clan?
When two more massacres decimate the Brookses’ ranks, Buddy’s hunt narrows. But his challenges grow as power, money, and secret crimes from the family’s past stand in the way. With Ben more and more at risk, Buddy steps closer to the edge, forcing a relentless killer to become more brazen, brutal, and cunning. Saving the boy will put all of Buddy’s skills to the test…and risk the lives of everyone he loves.
From me: – This book had everything – a who-done-it, a police procedural and a thriller. The tension-building was superb. The characters were wonderfully well drawn. And the twists kept coming. There is a sequels so the story arcs did not get completed but that was okay.