ARC Review: The Palm Reader (Jackson Walker, #2) by Christopher Bowron ★★★

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Amazon CA/US

Synopsis:

Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass.

Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.

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My thoughts:

As the title suggests, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I admit, I failed to research that this was the sequel and so color me surprised while reading when I didn’t recognize a bit of the flashbacks that was happening in the story. It didn’t stop me from continuing though, do not fret. This is about Jackson Walker, the grandson of a Native American shaman and a lawyer, who is also gifted with the connection to the “spirit world”. He, of course, refuses to acknowledge that he has this gift and instead continues to deny it whilst gaining helpful hints and insights about the cases he is currently working on. This book has a lot to do with mysticism and visions and Satanists and cults and it can also be very graphically violent so I will leave that as a trigger warning for anyone interested.

The writing was very clear although I found that some times it got a little bit ramble-y but it worked out to be good and so it didn’t really matter. I wished there was more back story to some more of the characters (namely, Lolita, the other psychic/medium) because there was some information but it wasn’t enough for me to form any emotional attachment to her. For the other main characters, I won’t judge the amount of back story just yet because I have to read the first book first.

This was perfect for me when I read it because I was definitely in a thriller/mystery/crime binge after reading two Karin Slaughter novels (Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter) which had dark and gritty but also twist-y stories. If you are looking for something with a good mix of those and the paranormal then I highly recommend this book! Don’t forget to grab the first book, Devil in the Grass (Amazon CA/US) so you won’t miss a bit of the details of this next pursuit!

Again, huge thanks to the author, Christopher Bowron for the opportunity to review this!

So, what books are you binge reading right now? Any more gritty and psychotic books you can recommend to me? Let me hear your thoughts, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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