Sara's Review: Slaughtered (Jack Slaughter Thrillers #1) by K.A. Lugo
APC PUBLISHER: Tirgearr Publishing RELEASED: November 14, 2018 GENRE: myster, thriller, suspense LENGTH: 223 pages FORMAT: ebook, hardcover, paperback
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Fallen homicide detective, Jack Slaughter, closes the door on the home where his perfect family has been brutally snatched from him. Moving across the city, he works as a private investigator to fund his own investigation into what happened to his family—who killed his little girl, Zoë, and where is his wife, Leah?
Every three month for the last three years, Jack receives a simple text telling him where he can find his missing wife. There’s a body at each location, but none of them are Leah.
Jack hates missing person’s cases, but they’re his bread and butter. He only takes the case to find Carl Boyd's missing wife because the details of her disappearance closely match Leah’s. He hopes by finding Bonnie Boyd, he'll find his own wife.
Following the leads in the Bonnie Boyd case, Jack discovers someone has been killing women all over the city for the last three years, a fact Jack’s ex-partner and still best friend, Ray Navarro, has neglected to tell him. The city has a serial killer and officials haven’t been able to find a single lead on the person they’ve dubbed The Butcher.
Could Bonnie Boyd’s disappearance be linked to The Butcher? More important, was Leah one of The Butcher’s victims? Could he have gone so far as to murder a child? With every clue Jack weaves together, his own life unravels even more. 4.5 (FIVE) BOUNDLESS STARS
This isn’t the typical genre I read, so I have nothing to compare it to. Regardless, the story captured my attention from the beginning. Jack, a once-revered homicide detective, is working as a private investigator to help fund his search into the brutal murder of his daughter and disappearance of his wife. The story starts with Jack once again turning up and a homicide site that he was sent a text telling he would find his wife. This is the ritual that happens every three months since that tragic night. It turns out there is a serial killer on the loose and Jack starts tying the pieces together. The story unfolds in such a mystery that I never knew who the killer was. I suspected at times, but I was wrong. It kept me guessing up until the end. The pace was methodical, and every detail of the story was mapped out. I only wish there was a bit more intensity. I understand the author was trying to keep this as authentic as possible, but when your wife is missing, you’re not going to put a case board together then have lunch. Not any man I know at least. I am rating Slaughtered 4.5 Boundless Stars, and it was a great crime thriller.