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Series: Jessica Blackwood #1
Published by HarperCollins on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Source: TLC Book Tours
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In this self-published bestselling e-book by a real illusionist—the first thriller in a sensational series—now available in paperback, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her . . . until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.
A mysterious hacker, who identifies himself only as “Warlock,” brings down the FBI’s website and posts a code in its place. It hides the GPS coordinates of a Michigan cemetery, where a dead girl is discovered rising from the ground . . . as if she tried to crawl out of her own grave.
Born into a dynasty of illusionists, Jessica Blackwood is destined to become its next star—until she turns her back on her troubled family, and her legacy, to begin a new life in law enforcement. But FBI consultant Dr. Jeffrey Ailes’s discovery of an old copy of Magician Magazine will turn Jessica’s carefully constructed world upside down. Faced with a crime that appears beyond explanation, Ailes has nothing to lose—and everything to gain—by taking a chance on an agent raised in a world devoted to seemingly achieving the impossible.
The body in the cemetery is only the first in the Warlock’s series of dark miracles. Thrust into the media spotlight, with time ticking away until the next crime, can Jessica confront her past to embrace her gifts and stop a depraved killer?
If she can’t, she may become his next victim.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Angel Killer: Tour Stop + Review
“Here is a really good trick — quirky TV magician Andrew Mayne wrote a best-selling novel in just two weeks,” writes The Straits Times Art Correspondent Akshita Nanda in a latest review of Angel Killer.
Jessica Blackwood is an magician-turned-forensic accountant who’s trying to put her painful past behind her. When the Warlock starts wreaking havoc, the FBI decides to enlist her help, not because they’re looking for another FBI agent, but a magician.
Like the previous thriller I’ve read, the antagonist is always a step ahead. To phrase from the book, he’s dirty, evil and vile. Translation: this book is not for the faint-hearted.
It’s interesting to see how Blackwood debunks the popular tricks magicians use. Angel Killer is well-paced and the author did a good job mashing-up Blackwood’s past along with the present crime.
There are a couple unanswered questions about the Warlock. It gives the impression that he is not working alone.
Judging by the cliffhanger, it’s very possible that there’s going to be a sequel. I was hoping to find out more about the antagonist, but not much is given. Oh man… I guess I can only wait.
Girl power! This passage is my favourite part of Angel Killer. Blackwood is a kickass character. She’s full of humility and goes the extra mile to solve the crime. It’s a shame her colleague, Danielle, isn’t frequently mentioned in the book. They have chemistry and I enjoy seeing the duo.
Damien, one of the characters in Angel Killer (and Blackwood’s ex-boyfriend) is a scene stealer. He knows Jessica better than she knows herself and seems to be the only one who understands the Warlock’s intentions. (which makes him a highly suspicious character.)
Favourite Quote in Angel Killer
Angel Killer didn’t exactly blew me away, but it is a satisfying and decent thriller I think magic fanatics should not miss.
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