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Title: The Killed Conscience
Author: Jordan Antonacci
Release: June 22, 2018
Publisher: Self Published
Still at the beginning of her career, investigative journalist Emilee Weathers is desperate for the perfect story and doesn’t care how she has to get it. When she’s asked to assist in a convicted serial killer’s appeal, it almost seems the perfect story has come banging at her door.
But not long after arriving to the mountain town of Pigeon Forge, Emilee discovers the body of another, more recent victim. With the body showing signatures of the already-convicted murderer, Emilee sets out to discover if she’s happened upon the work of a copycat, or if the real killer was ever even caught. The more she looks though, the murkier everything becomes. Police begin withholding information and the killer seems capable of going any length to protect his identity. On top of it all, when her investigations uncover the buried secrets of those closest to her, Emilee questions who it is she can and can’t trust in those mountains, if anyone at all.
I was excited when I heard about this book. I mean, my favorite genre of all is crime/thriller/mystery and this one definitely delivers on all fronts.
The premise of the story is that we are following Emilee, a young blogger who is trying to get her foot in the door to being a well known journalist. As she is trying to find her way, a call from the past reaches her. A detective from her old hometown has contacted her in hopes that she can interview a well known serial killer that is about to go up for an appeal on his cases, and someone wants to keep him behind bars.
Emilee ventures back to her hometown with her over-protective, and kind of creepy, boyfriend in tow. She reconnects with her childhood friends and their significant others. As the whole troupe heads up to a family cabin to spend some quality time together, and Emilee can work on her paper, things start to go from exciting to dark and mysterious.
A young girl at a neighboring cabin shows up dead. Mutilated. In just the same manner that the bodies had been found of the serial killer that Emilee is investigating. As the evidence piles up, Emilee doesn’t know who to trust or whether she’s on the right trail. But eventually everything becomes crystal clear and she will have to make a very important decision.
While the mystery and thriller aspect is engaging and actually kept me guessing, I definitely loved the vast variety of characters that Antonacci included in this story. There’s a little bit of everything from snobby blonde women to stoners, to abusers.
A great story for the fans of mystery novels!
About the Author:
Jordan Antonacci is an HVAC Technician by day and blogger by night, working out of the hot, hot lands of Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t trying to avoid heat stroke, he can be found at his desk with an espresso, brewing up a new story or a post for his blog. Outside of writing, Jordan has a mild case of wanderlust. He enjoys road trips, cruises, and flights out to California to visit his family. His dream is to make a living with writing and visit every country the world has to offer.