Bring Me Flowers by D. K. Hood

Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood
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EXCERPT: He imagined how she would look dead.

The fixed brown eyes, gaping mouth, and the cool feel of her young, bloodless skin against his flesh.

His would be the last face Felicity Parker would ever see.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: She didn’t know he was watching. Until it was too late.

She’d walked this path hundreds of times before, she knew every twist and turn. But today was different. She didn’t know someone was waiting for her, hidden away from view. She didn’t know this was the last time she’d walk this path.

Hidden deep in the forest, schoolgirl Felicity Parker is found carefully laid out on a rock with nothing but a freshly picked bunch of flowers next to her lifeless form. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate the gruesome discovery.

With the body found just off a popular hiking route, Jenna believes the killer is a visitor to the town… until a second local girl is discovered.

Within days, Kate Bright, a school friend of Felicity’s, is found brutally murdered at the local swimming pool and once again, the killer has displayed his victim in a terrifying manner and left flowers at the scene.

The town is gripped with fear and Jenna and her deputy, David Kane, now know that the killer is living among them, and that he’s picking off school girls one by one. But they don’t know who is next on the list.

As the trail goes cold, Kane and Alton are forced to sit and wait for the killer to make his next move. But now he has a new victim in his sights, and he’s looking much closer to home …

MY THOUGHTS: Oh, where do I start? The plot showed much promise, but failed to deliver to the point where I actually struggled to finish this book.

I have to admit that I haven’t read the first book in the series, Don’t Tell A Soul, and am now unlikely to. Has this had any effect on my understanding of this, the second in the series? I think not, as I didn’t struggle to understand the relationships between the characters, and their back stories are fully explained.

I did like the way Smartphone technology was used for the hunting down of the girls. It should serve as a warning, a reminder that while technology starts out being used for good purposes, it never takes long for someone to figure out how to use or adapt it for their own nefarious intent.

And so on to the problems – the dialogue between characters is stilted, wooden, many of the characters, particularly the suspects, are clichéd – the nerdy loner and the teacher newly moved to town are just two examples.

Policing procedure is haphazard and random. And that, I think, was where my biggest problem lay with Bring Me Flowers. The incompetence set my teeth on edge. I am unsure if this was intentional on the part of the author, or if she just hasn’t done her research properly.

Black Rock Falls appears to be a small town. The local police force, which is small also, seem neither experienced nor competent. At the rate the bodies were turning up, I would have expected outside help to be summoned, if not FBI, then at least extra experienced manpower from the nearest main centre.

I found Bring Me Flowers to be a disappointment. I don’t mind having to suspend belief in favor of a good, fast paced read but for me, this was neither. Neither the writing nor the plot flowed smoothly and I just couldn’t wait to get to the end, which was also a disappointment. The motivation behind the deaths is alluded to by the killer early on in the book, but is never fully explained.

This is a series that I won’t be following up on. But just because I found this to be an unsatisfying read doesn’t mean that you won’t love it. This is my personal opinion, my reaction to the book. Most reviews for this book are positive, so if you enjoyed the excerpt and like the summary of the plot, please go ahead and read Bring Me Flowers by D. K. Hood. You may be one of the many who enjoy this book.

Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Bring Me Flowers by D. K. Hood for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on myGoodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2251343361

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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