- Reviewed by: Warren
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Posting: HEA, Mystery, Novel, Thriller/Suspense
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (August 29, 2014)
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Susan Mac Nicol
- Posting Date: August 29, 2014
- Rating: 5 Star
As you have probably picked up by now, I love mysteries and suspense novels. Whether in the M/M genre or not, it has to keep me on the edge of my seat, not wanting to stop reading, and keep me guessing until the very end.
Susan Mac Nicol has done that with this new book, Love and Punishment. This novel is a taut psychological thriller. The pace of the book and the suspense of a great who-done-it did exactly those things for me; kept me on the edge of my seat, reading until late at night when my eyes refused to do anymore reading, and kept me wondering who the monster that she created was.
The two main characters are Flynn Parker and Anthony Parglietto. Flynn is a successful street reporter for the local newspaper, and Anthony is a Detective Inspector with the CID. Anthony is on the hunt for a monster nicknamed the Bow-Tie Killer, or BTK, who has left a trail of dead bodies, how many is an open question, and Anthony is determined to track him down and bring him to justice. But his determination may just be the end of his relationship in one of several ways, and end his career if he can’t control the fury inside of him. In the process of tracking the BTK, Flynn becomes involved in the case, in a most intimate and horrible way. And Anthony discovers that his past is also intimately involved in the mind of the BTK. Unsolved cases become relevant again, and one of these is directly involved in Anthony’s past.
Not only is this killer a monster, he is a smart, crafty killer that seems to stay one step ahead of the CID, and knows more about Anthony and Flynn’s lives than is normal. And he is particularly cruel torturing his victims before finally killing them. Not only does Anthony have to put up with a scheming monster, and the display of disloyalty that he feels was exhibited by Flynn, but because he is a gay and successful Detective, he has detractors in the CID, always judging him, pushing him, and going behind his back. His partner at the beginning of the book and the Inspector for interior issues are just two of the frustrations that follow Anthony around.
Right from the beginning of this wonderful read, you are drawn into the plot of the book, and the suspense that permeates this read. I loved this book. I will be talking about it to people whenever asked to recommend a good mystery/thriller.
I love Susan’s style of writing, and the development of the plots and characters in her books. This book is no exception. Read it. You won’t regret it, unless it is for lack of sleep.