I’m so pleased to be part of the launch celebrations for Watching the Bodies by Graham Smith as I’ve met Graham and have never got round to reading one of his books before. Graham has previously written a guest post for Linda’s Book Bag all about torturing and tormenting his characters that you can read here. In addition, when I very first began blogging, Graham was one of my first interviewees and you can see that interview (and how the blog has evolved) here.
Watching the Bodies was published by Bloodhound Books on 25th April 2017 and is available for purchase here.
Watching the Bodies
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?
My Review of Watching the Bodies
Helping to investigate Kira Niemeyer’s death will lead to far more than Jake Boulder could possibly imagine.
Watching the Bodies is a fast paced thriller with a body count that increases by the page so that the reader wonders just who will be next. It is extremely well plotted with a satisfying conclusion that leaves the heart racing.
I liked the premise of having a Scot, Jake Boulder, in America as there is just enough of his heritage and background to give added depth and credibility to his character and the first person narrative enables the reader to feel they really get to know him well. I would have liked a little more of the Watcher’s perspective in the earlier part of the novel as he is a complex and interesting character whom I wanted to understand more, but I appreciate that the plot might have been less exciting had I had that detail.
I found Graham Smith’s attention to detail gave just the right amount of information to bring the story alive so that I could appreciate setting and character very well. Along with believable violence there are mini reveals and cliff hangers throughout that maintain tension brilliantly and keep the reader guessing so that Watching the Bodies is a very entertaining read. I can easily imagine it as a film or television series as the episodic nature of the plot is fast paced and captivating. I genuinely had an increased pulse rate as I read.
Although Watching the Bodies is the first book from Graham Smith I’ve read, it most certainly won’t be the last. Great stuff.
About Graham Smith
Graham Smith is married with a 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, all of which can be found here.
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