Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stardust Award: Splintered by SJD Peterson

Title: Splintered
Series:Splintered, 1
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Mystery suspense
Pages: 220
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice.

How do you catch an elusive serial killer? Hutch and his team have been thwarted at every turn, but the might have a new lead. Noah is obsessed with serial killers since he was a kid. He has new information on the killer Hutch wants to find. But is Noah a killer? Or just fascinated with one? That is what Hutch has to decide in Splintered by author SJD Peterson. I really liked how we got into the mind of this killer. It was both creepy and realistic at the same time. This book is written in a very real gritty style. I liked that I was always guessing as to who this killer was and where he would strike next. I also really loved the connection that Noah and Hutch develop.
Hutch or Special Agent Todd Hutchinson he is a tough profiler. He usually is right about things too. He smokes too much and follows his instincts always. I liked how knowledgeable he was made me really sink into his mind set. He is a man who likes to find out how puzzles work.
Noah Walker is a socially awkward man who is just trying to get his PhD. He has always had an interest in serial killers. He too likes to solve puzzles. Hutch has been Noah's hero long before he met the man in person. Now that he has met him the hero worship goes into love. I loved how sweet Noah is. He is just adorably cute and smart! He is shy in speaking in front of other people but he will do what it takes to catch this killer. I loved his shy bravery.
Over all this book is really well done. Kept me guessing how they were going to figure this all out. I would love to see more in this series in the future find out who on Hutch's team might fall in love next. 

                   Five shooting stars and Stardust Award 


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