Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the author for free in exchange for an honest review, in no way my opinion about the book was affected by this. I judge the books only not the authors.
Triggers: Violence, Abuse (sexual mentioned), Explicit language, Profanity
Spoiler FREE Review
Ok guys, if you are into the thriller suspense genre with some explicit romanticism you would without any doubt enjoy this read!
When I started the first few pages it really took me by surprise. The way the book began was really intriguing and dense and really WOW! I did not expect it to be that ”visual’ and this definitely is something I enjoy when I am reading. The plot is there, the story is very promising and the characters are well described. Through the whole book you want to find out who the murderer is and what are his motives. It keeps you on the edge, his moves are unpredictable and you never know what is going to come next. For a few times I thought I figured out who the killer is, but right then bang! I was wrong. There were a lot of plot twists that were much appreciated and made my reading experience more enjoyable.
The serial killer is portrayed in such a good and distorted way. I loved how Allie bring this character to life and how well she managed to introduce him as a psychotic sadist with very strong desire to torture his preys alive.
Our main characters Dawson and Sam have been through a lot of hardship both are brave and determined. I liked Samantha, courageous and independent woman, coping with her demons on her own. Dawson committed on catching the guy who took his sister’s live by sacrificing a lot on the way, but never giving up.
Certainly the personages are with defined and complex personality, with distinct voices.
However, there were some things that I did not enjoy, the first one that I am going to talk about is the language.
The things between Dawson and Sam developed way too fast for my taste, regardless of the fact that they knew each other since high school. They just met after 10 years and already slept together and said the words ”I love you”.
I have not read much of a thriller, romantic suspense genre but here there was a lot of foul language. I am ok with it as it reflects in a way the reality of cops/detectives’ lives more or less, however I think it would have been better if it was moderated.
And then out of the blue we have a two more couples Shane and Macy then Faith and Steve… It is perfectly ok, but not when you are after a serial killer that is hunting one by one the people you love and are close to.
Sometimes it felt like more of focusing on catching the killer the characters focused on fixing their personal issues.
On the other hand the details that the author added during the investigations and the pursuit were really spot on. There were a lot of fine points that left you fascinated and like puzzle pieces fitted perfectly and built the whole picture.
My rating and overall thoughts
I rated it with 3 starts, not because the book was not good or I did not enjoy it. In my opinion the storyline was convoluted and had great potential, so I was expecting something more, but it did not happen.
Undoubtedly the killer for me was the best well developed character, that really surprised me. I enjoyed the descriptive way of the tortures and all those details that made the story more interesting. At times I go distracted due to the language and find it hard to get back on the track, but this was compensated with some humour here and there.
- First off I would like to thank you for joining me! Now let’s start with telling us something about your book that would surprise us!
Thank you for having me. This is so surreal for me, I never thought I would actually be talking about my own book. So the whole Serial Killer Unit is a book that I have toyed with for a very long time and actually I started writing it after I had surgery and forced to sit still for 6 weeks. So what will surprise you well I actually didn’t know who I was going to make the killer until about halfway through the book, I had several other killers and their motives, it took me about a month to finally pick one and stick with it.
2. What/Whom was your main inspiration for writing Double Take?
So each of my characters actually come from people in my life. I took a little bit of them and put them into the characters. I have to say though that my boyfriend is my biggest inspiration and he definitely pushed me and convinced me that anything is possible to do.
3. If you had to start over, would you do anything different with the book? (the writing/publishing process, or the plot)
I think if I had to start over it would almost be a completely different story lol. I had so many ideas that I cut out or have moved to come out at different points in the series.
4. Any favourite quotes/passages from the book you want to share with us?
It’s so hard to chose just one but if I have to, some of the conversations that Sam and Dawson have are my favorites and a few of those are actual conversations that me and my boyfriend have had through text messages. I think one of my favorite scenes is one of the first with Sam and Dawson. It’s a simple scene but I feel like it sets up their relationship. Here is a part of it: ‘Sam went to stand up but Dawson snaked his arms around her tighter, “the only way I will be uncomfortable baby is if you get off me. Just sit with me awhile. We don’t have to talk or we can talk all night. It’s up to you. I just want to be with you, and you get to set the pace we go. Just don’t ask me to leave, I couldn’t do that.”
5. What was your favourite and what was the most difficult scene to write?
My favorite scene to write was the first one, I know once you read it you will think I’m nuts lol but it sets the mood and the tempo for the book. I always get annoyed in books that take the first 50 pages to get you into the thick of it, so my goal is to have my readers right in the thick of it from the first page. I want them to have that urge to keep going and not stop going. The most difficult was writing for Sam, she has a deep connection with me in many ways and I always found it difficult with her as I didn’t want to put too much of me in her. I guess I wanted her to be a strong character that took no crap from anyone.
6. Did you do any research in order to be able to portrait the serial killer?
I didn’t want my killer to be an actual killer from the headlines but I have always loved crime shows, so I took a little bit from quite a few killers. As you know I have a whole slew of killers in my notes and I think you will be intrigued with each one of them as they come out.
7. Tell us what is your favourite TV show and some of your favourite authors.
Well I love Criminal Minds, surprise surprise I suppose but I find they are exactly what I want my books to be. They start you off with your heart racing and needing to know what happens next. My reading choices I go from one extreme to the other but a few of my favorites right now are River Savage, Harper Sloan, Katy Evans and K.C. Lynn. Really I could list for hours because I have so much respect for all authors. The love and dedication they put into their books is so amazing and I think they all deserve to be applauded in the end.
8. If you had the chance to time travel in what time period you would go back to and why?
That’s a hard one! I would love to go back to when we were just evoking into writers and architacs. I think seeing ourselves be shaped into what we are and meet the people who dared to dream and be different would be amazing.
9. If you had the power to make a fictional character become alive from any book, which one you would pick up and why?
Well lets see…Hmmmmm, you know I just don’t know. I think meeting any character would be amazing but I also think that you never know someone 100% until you know the author. I think meeting the authors would be amazing. I would love to meet Shakespeare and see what really drove him with his plays and the muses he used for his characters.
10. How and when you knew you wanted to become an author?
I have been writing stories since I was kid but it wasn’t till after my divorce and starting over that I really sat down and thought you know I could do this and then I started writing ideas down that sat for years but then my boyfriend came along and well here we are. I have my new career going and I’m doing what makes me happy.
11. Could you tell us something exclusive about the 2nd book of The Serial Killer Unit?
Well I’m toying with it actually being 2 books. I think the two main characters both deserve to have their stories told and it’s hard giving them the time they deserve in just one book. I do know that one story will end for sure in book 2 but the second could continue on from there. There will also be all the characters who survived in book 1 coming back as well. Also I’m writing in a different style it’s going to be told from a first person point of view.
About The Author
Allie is 33 year old mother of 3. She was born and raised in the Central interior of British Columbia, Canada. She enjoys life in the outdoors and when she isn’t writing she is out working on her farm.
She has been a book nerd at heart and always loved the escape of a good book. From Jane Austin to Stephen King she loves them all. She welcomes all her fans to come join her on her Facebook, Twitter and Amazon account where there will be lots of fun….giveaways and you can interact with her.
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