With the Halloween season in full-swing, you can bet your sweet cannoli that my Kindle is full of ghosts, ghouls, spirits and psychopaths. They all go so well with pumpkin spice! One of my latest reads is a thriller that will make you a little nervous the next time you check your email. Check out my review below!
On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.
When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.
THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.
This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.
Picture yourself sitting down to a normal day at the office and opening your email. What you find isn’t the regular, trash bin TPS report reminder, but a detailed account of a psychotic killer’s emotions during a brutal murder. And then, you get another. And another. With each incoming email, you realize more clearly that you’re not the victim of a prank, but quite possibly the next victim.
Working in a therapist’s office, Jenna Scali isn’t often caught off guard by others’ emotions. However, when she receives anonymous emails that share the deep, dark inner-workings of a merciless murderer’s mind as he commits his heinous crimes, she’s drawn into a situation she could have never been prepared for.
Joan C. Curtis did a wonderful job of giving me the heebie jeebies with e-Murderer, her first Jenna Scali Mystery. As someone who works alone from my computer all day, the thought of getting such chilling emails drew me into the story from the very first chapter.
As a mega-fan of the horror and thriller genres, the books and flicks that really grip me tightly are the ones that turn realistic situations into a girl’s worst nightmare. Jenna’s story does just that. Her seemingly normal life is flipped upside down with a constant threat looming over her. Who is sending these unsettling emails? Is she in real danger? Will anyone believe her in time?
I had my suspicions as to who was behind the threatening messages relatively early on, but Curtis did a fantastic job of throwing in characters and plot twists that had me constantly second-guessing myself. I LOVE that. It was obvious that she took time fleshing out each detail of her cast of characters and the pieces of the puzzle, so that even a serious ID addict like myself would keep feverishly flipping the pages.
Jenna was a fabulous heroine – strong, but human. Though she and I may have not handled everything the same way, I always understood her reasoning. Plus, her pals were never afraid to say what I was thinking for me. (If you like a splash of sass, you’ll love her best friend, Starr.)
I thoroughly enjoyed e-Murderer. It was a delectably unsettling kick-off to the horror season. There will definitely be more Jenna Scali Mysteries in my future.
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The author is giving away two prizes: One, a $15 Amazon or BN Gift card (their choice) and Two, a signed copy of the award-winning book, The Clock Strikes Midnight.
About the author:
Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will stay with you.”
Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read.
“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia.