Review – Riker’s Calling by Rico Lamoureux

This was my first Crime Thriller so I was very intrigued, and possibly a little nervous. But, aside from the blood and guts (literally), I quite enjoyed it. I was quite glad it’s a novella, I’m not sure I could have taken much more gore!

Synopsis: 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.

There’s no build up with this novella, no gradual ease into the story line or getting to know the characters but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Instantly, you’re hooked. Right from the beginning, the story line is gripping and intense. The book is split into three parts, all set in different time eras which I really liked.

My initial thoughts were that it was quite gory which isn’t to my taste. But what I really liked was that you were set on an emotional roller coaster, which in the space of less than 30 pages takes a lot of talent on the authors behalf. It was incredibly fast paced, which I found quite hard to follow and kept having to go back but that’s my fault!

My favourite character in this novella is easily Jaime. I really really felt for her – I can’t really explain to you much about her or why I love her without spoiling the book for you but if you read it, I’m sure you’ll understand. I think that Riker’s character was incredibly strong, well he’d have to be to deal with what he dealt with! And for may reasons, big and small, I really connected with him. I mean, for starters – the very first sentence “I wanted to be left alone, but surrounded by others. To wander amongst a sea of people, yet not be bothered by a single one.” I TOTALLY GET THAT! The very beginning captures my love for people watching and he has rods in his spine just like me – so on a personal level I really connected however I don’t know what it is like for a psychopath serial killer plot out how to ruin my life but by bit …

Later on in the book, there was some really clever twists and turns that took me longer to get than I would care to admit. I’m not great at guessing plot twists or anything like that, I just like to let it fold out on its own and not ruin it by guessing every possible outcome, well that’s my excuse anyway. The ending followed suit of the rest of book, it was intense and again – a little bloody.

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite bit but I probably won’t opt for a Crime Thriller for a little while! But it was very cleverly written and weaved together carefully. I appreciate the talent behind writing a novel of this kind so well done Lamoureux!

I give this book 3/5 stars.

It’s available for pre-order as an ebook on Amazon, to be released on August 4th and the pre-order price is 25% off what the regular price will be. 

 

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