Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hands of Evil Book Review

Hands of Evil, written by Melissa Barker-Simpson, is a masterfully crafted crime romance and thriller. The opening of the book gives off the vibe of a Law and Order television show. If you happen to be a big fan of Law and Order, then this is the perfect book for you…I know it was for me.

Barker-Simpson’s characters are well-rounded and capture her readers from the first paragraph. If you’re looking for a page-turner, these great characters will keep you going till the very end. She makes you root for the victims and hope that love will overcome all odds.

Her main character Jonathan Jukes, or JJ, is by far the most versatile. He faces many trials throughout this book that force him to see part of himself he doesn’t wish to face. He finds himself craving the attention of a woman who brings the horrors of his past to full light. She makes him face the reality of his failures and tests him to his breaking point. Will he fail to protect a woman he loves again, or will he succeed in his attempt to overcome the odds?

JJ is definitely a man worth following on his journey to face his past and open himself up to rejection, which could possibly be his undoing. But he isn’t the only character who captures the reader from beginning to end. In this novel there is also a romance element that only Grace Jameson can fill.

She is the victim in this novel, challenged by the same nightmares that hundreds of real women face daily. Grace finds herself in a position that could possibility lead to her death, by not one man, but two. Even though death is staring her in the face, she still finds a way to seek light within the darkness. That will lead to some very steamy romance scenes, reminiscent of lovers in their honeymoon phase.

This crime/romance thriller brings to light many issues that women and children deal with on a regular basis. Though this is a fictional story, it will strike a very real nerve with many readers.

Barker-Simpson shows us with her book how the hands many use to bring good to the world, can actually be a force of evil. Between finding a killer who is out for revenge, and escaping an abusive ex-husband, Grace’s life journey will keep you on the edge of your seat to the end.

Rating: 5/5

Review provided by: Kathryn Jenkins


Jonathan Jukes, better known as JJ, is an ex-marine sniper and one of the founding members of Morgan and Fairchild.

He is dubbed as Mr Fix It within the team, due to his eye for detail and an uncanny ability to see the bigger picture. When Morgan and Fairchild are called upon by the local murder investigation team, JJ is ready to take the lead.

Despite the deviation from his normal role, JJ sees no reason why he shouldn’t accept the assignment. It isn’t the first time he’s worked with Charles Macavoy, nor will it be the last.

But what starts as a simple task to provide expertise and training to an outside agency, becomes the biggest problem JJ has ever faced.

Grace Jameson, an interpreter unwillingly caught up in the hunt to find a killer, turns out to be an integral part of the whole investigation. Something Morgan and Fairchild had failed to predict.

For JJ she represents a special kind of danger. She reminds him too much of his past, of the one person he failed to protect. Yet he is drawn to her, and that distraction has a way of undermining his control. It has the potential to change everything, especially when he finds himself in a situation he can’t fix. A threat which grows ever more potent the more he resists.

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About the Author:

Melissa Barker-Simpson

I've been writing since, well...since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.  I often look back on those earlier stories, and apart from laughing at the heavy-handed drama, or cringing at my inexperience, I am reminded that I have always lived in other worlds.

My first novel was published in 2008, and I love nothing more than working on a new project. The voices inside my head invariably pull me in different directions, so although I try to work on one thing at a time, those who know me would tell you it doesn't always work!

I have a full-time job which, though does not involve writing per se, incorporates my love of language. As a British Sign Language Interpreter, I get to translate information between two languages which is (mostly) fun.

I have two beautiful daughters who bring me great joy. They also keep me grounded, because otherwise I would have my head in the clouds permanently!

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