Thursday, August 22, 2013

I’LL BE WATCHING YOU by Benjamin Cole

Publisher: MLR Press
Date published: June 2013
ISBN: MLR-1-02013-0095
MM, Mystery, Paranormal
Reviewed by Helen

Obtained via publisher

Andy is the kind of person who’s always talking and laughing about life. Henry takes life a lot more seriously. But somehow they end up together. In love. Until they cross the path of a serial killer. The previous victim of the killer is still around. Sort of. Enough to take an interest in what’s happening anyway.

The story has an interesting opening with a couple of neat twists to it and a few turns I wasn’t expecting, all of them great. Although it’s a male/male erotic romance, and a murder story, it’s neither too sexy nor too gory for the average reader. Just scary enough to make the reader gasp, and hot enough to reach for a fan. There were a couple of very nice action scenes and several laugh out loud places in the story.

For a novella there’s quite a large cast, and all the characters are well developed, though obviously some more than others. I liked all the secondary characters, and certainly wouldn’t mind meeting some of them again.

Some readers might find in the ending of the book a very neat image, mirroring something from earlier in the story and more or less closing a loop. I thought it spoiled the true ending of the book, which I felt was a few pages earlier. Your mileage may differ here though.

Either way, this is a good read, with a nice sense of balance between the various features.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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