I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Blackthorn Book Tour.
This review may contain spoilers.
What would drive you to murder?
Come Join the Murder offers multiple answers to this intriguing question. The two main characters, James and Rebecca, have different motivations and backgrounds but grow closer and closer over the course of the novel. The relationship between them is made far more fascinating by the fact that neither of them knows the other.
We, the reader, know what happened to Rebecca’s family from the very beginning; we know James murdered her husband and son for kicks. Rebecca’s fall to tragic desperation and James’s descent into coldblooded killer mirror each other until the final, heart-wrenching encounter.
The novel is arranged in such a way that, as Rebecca hunts down her husband’s killer, the reader knows when she makes a mistake. And still, her progression from grief to murder comes across as completely natural. The characterisation of many of the novel’s cast is done incredibly well: despite James’s obvious role as the villain, he is a well-rounded character with a mother he’d do anything to protect.
Overall, Come Join the Murder is a fantastic exploration of what exactly drives someone to kill. Is it for vengeance? To settle a broken heart? Or is it just for a shiny watch and some extra cash?
Come Join the Murder
“This is a novel I would read and reread and recommend to others. Fans of vigilante and desperado revenge will delight in this horror story.” — Horror Tree.
Rebecca Crow’s four-year-old son is dead, and her husband is missing.
Divers find her husband’s car at the bottom of a canal with their son’s small, lifeless body, inside. The police have no suspects and nothing to go on but a passing mention of a man driving a van. Guilt and grief cloud Rebecca’s thoughts as she stumbles towards her only mission: Revenge.
James Porter knows exactly what happened to them, but he’ll do anything to keep it a secret.
James didn’t plan to kill Rebecca’s son, but he’s not too broken up about it, either. There are more important things for him to worry about. He needs money, and his increasing appetite for murder is catching the attention of a nosy detective.
Holly Rae Garcia
Holly Rae Garcia’s debut novel, Come Join the Murder, was released on March 27th, 2020 by Close to the Bone Publishing (UK). Her short fiction has been published by Siren’s Call, The Bookends Review, Rue Scribe, Pen to Print, The Australian Writers’ Centre, and Trembling With Fear along with a few anthologies. Holly lives on the Texas Coast with her family and five dogs.
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