TITLE: Come Join the Murder
AUTHOR: Holly Rae Garcia
GENRE: Dark Fiction, Thriller/Horror
PUBLISHED: March 2020 by Close to the Bone
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
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 toward 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.
I would like to thank the team of Blackthorn Book Tour and the author for inviting me to be part of this tour! In exchange for a digital copy of the book, I was asked to do an honest review.
I am not really a fan of thriller/horror stories, but what I like the most about Come Join the Murder is the narration. For a debut, I saw how the author added her own style in story telling, and even the gruesome moments were described perfectly. I really feel like I was watching a movie.
The story was told in two different POV’s. I always enjoy reading from different perspectives because I get to have a better understanding about the characters. And because the book was well written, we only not get the surface of what the characters are doing, but a lot more on what they were thinking, their motives and deep emotions.
Rebecca and James are characters sitting on the opposite ends of a line, connected by one unfortunate event, and I was almost on edge while reading every after chapter.
Rebecca lost her family in the most unexpected way she can imagine, and in a snap, she was empty. Her grief as a mother and as a wife was moving as how it was described, as if I knew her personally and I feel really sorry for her lost. Her decisions and actions along the story was something I did not see coming, and I think it was both worrisome and amusing at the same time. Rebecca used her emptiness and grief as motivating factors to get revenge for her boys.
James on the other hand is so used in doing the things he do such as stealing. He may seemed to be a typical thief, aside from the fact the he finds thrill and satisfaction in killing people too.
Overall, it was an easy read because the next chapter will leave you wanting to continue to the next one. Trigger warning: abuse, killings.
** The next paragraph contains spoilers, so please skip**
If there are any plot holes, I think it would be the absence of necessary actions from the Detective. In the beginning, I had this impression that he would be a promising character since his actions gave me the feeling that he is up to something, and apparently he is not. Which brings me to my next observation which is the fact that Rebecca did a few crimes herself, and for someone as inexperienced as her, I find it quite hard to believe that she is capable of doing it smoothly to the point wherein there wasn’t anything that lead to pin her as a suspect.
About the Author:
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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