Monday, December 15, 2014

Review - The Pawn

The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files #1) by Steven James
Genres: Crime/Thriller, Christian
My rating: 5 stars
Average Goodreads rating: 4.09 stars
Pages: 427

The Pawn (The Patrick Bowers Files, #1)
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There's a killer on the loose. Enter Patrick Bowers—Special Agent, lousy stepfather, and endearing main character of The Pawn.

Our hero has a lot weighing on him. The death of his wife, the strained relationship with his stepdaughter—oh, and dealing with dead bodies. Too many dead bodies for his taste. And the serial killer dubbed as The Illusionist has only been adding to that count.

The killer's game just gets more and more dangerous, threatening Patrick and the ones he loves. It's takes all he can do to stay ahead in the game. But will it be enough?

The Illusionist is taking their pieces. He's taking their lives.

Wow! I can honestly say that I was hooked from the very first page. Steven James has true talent. The Pawn contained such an intricate and well-paced plot. I don't know that I have anything bad to say about this book.

But just a warning: this is not a book for the faint of heart. There are parts that are pretty creepy and hard to stomach. Personally, I wasn't bothered by any of it, but I have heard that the series just gets more gruesome.

But that in no way detracts from the enjoyment I got out of this book. I think it's true that most crime thrillers are plot driven—but while The Pawn had an amazing plot, I was equally drawn to the characters. Especially Patrick.

Above them, the bloated early morning clouds were drinking in the scarlet sunlight that seeped up and over the peaks. For a moment they made me think of giant gray bodies smeared with blood hanging from the sky.


I need to get a different job.” --Patrick Bowers

I loved seeing Patrick grow throughout the story and try to develop a relationship with is stepdaughter, Tessa(another likeable character). But most of all, I loved watching the process of catching the killer unfold and being inside Patrick's head during that process. He's always analyzing everything, trying to be one step ahead, trying to think like the killer. And he does a scary good job.

The ending left me satisfied, yet wanting more. I highly recommend it.

Content: It's a Christian book, and so it's very clean. I will add though, that it's not at all preachy. I think non-Christians would also enjoy this book. A bit gruesome and violent. Mentions of cutting and suicide. The descriptions of the dead bodies don't go in depth, but one of them might make you cringe.

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