Today I am taking part in the books on tour for Dead Woman Crossing by J.R. Adler. This was released on the 23rd of September, published by Bookouture.
Dead Woman Crossing by J.R. Adler
Release Date: 23rd of September 2020
Print Length: 347 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
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She threw open the door, running to the crib. When she looked inside, she gasped. The world around her went silent. Inside, there was nothing but a small stuffed elephant. Where was her baby?
When young, single mother Hannah is found murdered by the banks of a twisting Oklahoma creek, her one-year-old daughter sleeping in a stroller near her body, the small town of Dead Woman Crossing reels in horror.
Detective Kimberley King, recently relocated from New York to Oklahoma, with her young daughter Jessica, can’t ignore the similarity of Hannah’s death to the case of Katie James, the woman that the town of Dead Woman Crossing is named after. Katie was murdered in front of her small daughter in 1905, on the banks of the same creek, and it seems that someone is drawing inspiration from the crime. Could this killer be a copycat?
But as she interviews suspects, Kimberley is met with blank faces and closed lips. In a small town, people won’t talk and when she pursues a promising lead, her own family turn their back on her. Kimberley isn’t afraid to ask questions, but when she receives a threatening note, she realises that, as a single mother to a young daughter, she might be putting herself dangerously in the killer’s sights …
A gripping, atmospheric crime thriller inspired by true events, about a town on the edge of collapse and a murder that shakes the community. Dead Woman Crossing is perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Jane Harper.
I was first introduced to J.R. Adler’s work this year with her psychological thriller The Perfect Marriage (under the pen name of Jeneva Rose). Having loved that book, I jumped at the chance to read and review Dead Woman Crossing when the opportunity presented itself.
I love the excitement of starting a new crime thriller series and Dead Woman Crossing is a great start to one. J.R. Adler has embraced the genre wholeheartedly and has produced a story that is first class. It is a thrilling tale that will have you gripped right from the get go.
The premise of the story had me intrigued and I thought that the setting and the history of it enhanced the story all the more. The small and sleepy rural town of Dead Woman Crossing in Oklahoma, is named after a woman who was found dead by the creek in 1905, her murder unsolved. The case that Kimberly becomes embroiled in, the death of her friend Hannah, has similar traits to that murder and looks like the work of a copycat.
I throughly enjoyed Kimberly King’s character. She is flawed like us all and is believable, which made it very easy to resonate with her. J.R. Adler has done a superb job in creating her and brings her to life beautifully. She is a strong woman and I look forward to the layers being pulled back and getting to know her more. The cast of secondary characters have also been very well created and play out their roles well.
I did find that this moved at a slightly slower pace to start with, but the strength of the story, its characters and the tension and suspense that is built up in the background, had me wanting to keep flicking the pages. J.R. Adler really knows how to tell a story and it does pick up the pace, making for more of a thrilling second half.
I am so glad that I was introduced to J.R. Adler/Jeneva Rose’ work. She is such a talented author and I look forward to many more books to come from her in both the psychological thriller and crime thriller genres. She really is an asset to both! It was a pleasure to be able to read and review Dead Woman Crossing which I recommend.
Thank you to J.R. Adler, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Woman Crossing which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
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Let’s Get to Know J.R. Adler
Originally from Wisconsin, J.R. Adler currently lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, Drew, and her English Bulldog, Winston. When not writing, you can find her reading, playing board games, travelling, and binge watching The Office for the umpteenth time.
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