Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Deranged by Jacob Stone

Introducing L.A. investigator Morris Brick, a former homicide cop on the trail of a murderous psychopath who gives a terrifying new meaning to the word DERANGED...

They call him the Skull Cracker Killer. He drugs his victims. Breaks open their skulls with a hammer and chisel. The rest is inhuman.

Five years ago he terrorized New York City, claiming twelve victims before the killing stopped. Now he’s racking up victims on a fresh hunting ground. Where former LAPD homicide detective Morris Brick is working as a consultant on a serial-killer film. Where a desperate mayor pleads with Brick to take on the case. And where the only way he can stop the next wave of murders is by outsmarting a madman—before he strikes again, this time much too close to home...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Murder Thriller
Triggers: Stalking, murder

Morris is a retired expert on serial killers. He is consulting on a movie when he is called back into the scene because the SCK (Skull Cracker Killer) has returned. Morris' wife is worried about his stress level, but he promises that he'll keep it under control. You get to see into Morris' way of conducting his investigations and see how he gets to the bottom of the mystery that is provided in this story.

Then you have the SCK. This is a twisted person, but not necessarily in the way most killers are. I think there is a manner of love that only another twisted person can feel, return, and cherish. I think that these are the ways that the SCK is able to continue killing.

While the killer is horrible, there are definite moments when you feel bad for SCK. I wanted to get SCK help – to have someone else, anyone else, see this and somehow reason with SCK. Obviously, I know this would have taken the story in a different direction, but there was so much hope that SCK could have been different and I think that's what I loved most about this story. The possibility, but inability to help SCK.

Stone creates a great story – it's developed, twisted, not super predictable, and then, when you get to the end, I felt that it was a very abrupt ending. Almost as if there was some page limit and it just needed to end. I think if the ending had been different, this would have been a solid 5-star story for me.

I can't wait for the second story – the teaser at the end has my interest piqued and I want to know more about Morris' way of finding the killers.

Jacob Stone is the byline chosen by award-winning author Dave Zeltserman for his new Morris Brick series of serial-killer thrillers. His crime, mystery and horror fiction has won top praise and has been translated into six languages. His novels Small Crimes and Pariah were both named by the Washington Post as best books of the year. Small Crimes topped National Public Radio's list of best crime and mystery novels of 2008 and is being made into a feature film. Dave lives in the Boston area.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Deranged (Morris Brick Thriller #1) by Jacob Stone to read and review.

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