Book Review- Among the Dead

Sunday, 27 August 2017
Title: Among the Dead
Author: J.R. Backlund
Published: 8th Aug 2017
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Rating: 4/5 stars

Ex-SBI agent Rachel Carver must hunt a group of killers on her own before time runs out in this gripping debut.
Former North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agent Rachel Carver blames herself for the collateral death of an innocent woman in her last case. Unable to accept her superior's attempts to cover up the incident, she turned in her badge. But when a former partner asks her to consult on a new murder case, she reluctantly agrees, traveling to a small, remote mountain community, where she's tasked with leading a group of inexperienced detectives on a hunt for the killer. The trek has hardly begun when what seems to be the act of a loner proves to be much more as Rachel's team comes under attack-and a detective is killed in the fallout.
Now that the stakes have risen, Rachel's old employers at the SBI step in to take over the investigation. But Rachel, convinced they are on the wrong track, continues to work the case alone. And just as she delves into the town's past, she discovers a secret history that connects the victims-one that makes her the target of a man who would kill to keep it a secret. -Goodreads
I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and Crooked Lane Books in return for an honest review.
This year has definitely been the year of mysteries an thrillers as far as my reading goes! I've read quite a few this year, and I'm pleased to say (despite the somewhat confusing cover) that this is by far one of the best I've read. 
The author has written an exciting and action packed plot, and it was written well. It kept me reading the whole time, with many twists and turns to keep me guessing!
My favourite part was definitely the character of Rachel (not just because we share a great name!!). She was very well written, she was a female character that was successful at her job, but still realistic and nuanced. The author took the time to develop her into more than just a successful agent. She was the main reason for my enjoyment, and I would definitely be interested in other novels about her.
In relation to the female main character, the author managed to not bombard the reader with forced romances which is often the case in these types of stories. There was a slight hint of romance but it never really developed into anything major which was a welcome relief to me. 
Overall I really enjoyed this novel, it is a well written and exciting police murder mystery, and I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more of Backlund's work. 


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