The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.
|Genre(s):||Mystery, Police Procedurals, Paranormal|
He almost lost control of his pickup when a blinding migraine blurred his vision, and his stomach wrenched with sudden nausea.
Black smoke enveloped him.
A violent evil scene and a fiery furnace devoured him alive in a lost and forgotten memory.
This book introduces you Emil and Laura and – their incredibly cruel fate in darker times. Then you get to know Sean Jamison, slowly remembering his past life.
With Death Unmasked, Rick Sulik has created a remarkable thrilling police procedural with a highly paranormal touch. In the beginning, it is a very dark read; it is sad to read about Emil and Laura. As the story switches to the present, Sean Jamison is trying to stop a brutal serial killer, at the same time remembering more of his past life. The main characters are complex, the other characters are of sufficient depth. Rick Sulik draws you close to Sean Jamison and his mindset while the story evolves. I was drawn pretty close to Sean, keeping my fingers crossed for him as I wanted him to stop the killing, and – to find closure. The story’s turn to the present is less dark, yet fascinating with a great flow.
This is a book for you if you like police procedurals with a paranormal touch and do not shy away from the ‘reincarnated evil’.
|Cover||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Writing||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Plot||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|Characters||⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐|
|POV||Third person – past tense|
|Language|| – 😳
|Violence||😳 – 😡|
|Sexual content||– 😳|
About the author
Rick Sulik was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing high school in Boardman, Ohio, he enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force Military Police. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked three and a half years with the Houston, Texas Police Department, twenty-two years with the Pasadena, Texas Police Department, and ten years as a courthouse bailiff with the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Department, before retiring in 2013.
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