I am really enjoying crime thriller books at the moment, as you may know if you have been following my past reviews. So when Rico Lamoureux approached me and asked if I would like to read and review his novella, I was pleased to do so.
Riker’s Calling is due to be released on 4th August 2016, and the pre order price will be 25% off the regular price. So, if you like the sound of it, grab it now. The links for the Author and to buy the book are at the end of this post.
Description: Riker’s Calling
From school bullies to the crime-ridden streets of his hometown of Los Angeles, Jeremy Riker has always felt the need to do something about the injustice surrounding him. Just as he sets out on his journey as an urban warrior, he unknowingly gives rise to an obsessive adversary, who ends up becoming one of the most notorious serial killers the city has ever known. Dubbed by the news media as The Spyderco Killer, the methodical psychopath roots himself deep into Riker’s life for the long haul, until his own madness propels everything into an intense climax.
Publisher: http://www.DramaticNovellas.com (4 Aug. 2016)
This story line involves a psychopathic serial killer, and I particularly like a book whereby the Author very cleverly leads the reader to see into the serial killers mind so that we can kind of understand where his thought process is going with regards his victims, his reasons and his methods. Of course, we never empathise with serial killers, but if an Author can show his thought process, then it makes me think that the Author is very talented. These are my thoughts about Rico Lamoureux.
The structure of the book seems to change slightly just over half way through, once I got used to it it made much more sense, especially as I reached the climatic end. Thinking back over the book I can understand why the Author chose to write it this way, as the clues are in the reading.
Although I enjoy shorter read novellas as you get a quicker beginning, middle and end, I feel that this could have been padded out with a bit more detail because it is a story which spans over years. However, because its a novella the pages are very action packed and fast paced, so I got an exciting read which meant I needed to focus, while leaving me with no predictions as to what was going to happen, and that is always a good thing!
Rico has written quite a lot of books, and Riker’s Calling ends with an Epilogue that lets the reader prepare for another of his books. However, I was pleased that the book did not leave this story as a cliff hanger, as I would have been disappointed with this. The story ends with twists and an exciting end, which left me satisfied and ready to read the next Rico Lamoureux book.
I liked the cover before I read the book, but I always enjoy a book where after you’ve finished the book, you can look back at the cover and see a little bit more about why the Author chose that particular cover. That is way I felt about Riker’s Calling. I would be very interested to hear other readers thoughts on this, whether it be this book or another?
So, if you have read this book, or are going to let me know your thoughts. Or have you read any of Rico’s other books? Which do you recommend?
Keep an eye on ChocolatePages as tomorrow, I have a brilliant Author interview whereby Rico tells us a bit more about his inspiration and imagination for Riker’s Calling.