Daddy's Home by A.K. Alexander
Published By: CreateSpace
Release Date: December 8, 2010
Format: Paperback - 282 pages / Kindle - 421 KB
Genre: Mystery - Suspense - Thriller / Romantic Suspense / Fiction
About The Author:
I started writing when I was nine-years-old. I used to write short stories on my dad's notepads. One day he read one and he said to me,"You are a writer." It stuck. My dad is still my biggest supporter and he is also my mentor in many ways. I went to college at The University of Southern California. My parents though didn't think that "creative writing" at USC was a major that would likely be lucrative in the long run, so I figured I would be logical and look at writing in the journalistic field. God (the Universe), etc. had a different plan for me. Soon after I graduated from USC I gave birth to my first son. He was six weeks premature and he some health issues, which caused me to decide that going into a career at that time would not benefit my son. So, I stayed home with him and I wrote my first book. That first book is tucked away in a box somewhere because it's pretty darn bad, but it gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could start, write, and finish a book. From that point on, it took me twelve years to become a published author and several manuscripts. It has been a wonderful and amazing process, and although many challenges have presented themselves along the way, I have never quit writing. It is my passion!
My other passion is Horses. These amazing animals are very dear to my heart and I have been known to take in "strays." My daughter and I are very active in the horse world. My daughter is involved in pony club and three day eventing.
I enjoy working with other writers when I can, especially kids. I designed a program for young writers to help them learn how to write short stories and picture books to writing novellas for older kids. I have mentored several students now and it's a joyful experience to see young writers and their creative minds at work. It is something I am working on expanding with some local teachers in my area.
Family and friends are extremely important to me. I am the proud mother of three amazing kids who have always supported me and are just great, awesome human beings (yes, I know I sound like every mother in the world about their kids, but I really mean it). My husband is my best friend and a very patient man, which is a real positive - he is married to a writer after all. We also have three dogs, a kitty, and eight horses.
When not writing, riding, or being a taxi-cab driver for my youngest, I try to find time to do a little yoga, meditate or cooking. I love cookbooks and cooking!
AUTHOR WEBSITE - A.K. Alexander
A.K. Alexander's Daddy's Home Virtual Book Tour Page On Pump Up Your Book!
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Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy of the book from the author and/or publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author A.K. Alexander participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews. http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/author-guest-post-ak-alexander-author.html
A KILLER STALKS HIS PREY ...
A calculating and deadly killer is in search for what he terms as his perfect family. Preying upon single mothers and their innocent children, the police have dubbed him "The Family Man."
HE WATCHES THEM ... HE TAKES THEM ...
He plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don't go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills.
HOLLY JENNINGS IS ON THE CASE ...
Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Department is determined to track him down and see that justice is served. With Holly being a single mother herself, this man's crimes are deeply personal to her, and turn more so when a friend and her daughter become the latest victims of "The Family Man."
Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband - a death she feels guilty for.
To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O'Neil. As Holly delves into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by "The Family Man," that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely - her family, her new found love, and even her life.
My Book Review:
Daddy's Home is a chilling psychological suspense thriller that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. The storyline is well written, it's non-stop action has so many twists and turns that it keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. The author weaves an intriguing story that drew me in from the beginning, and as the plot picked up I felt like I became an investigator, I wanted to help Holly solve this case and bring the killer to justice. The author provides realistic, strong and complex characters that are a lot of fun to get to know. I loved how the author made Holly such a strong capable criminalist, I was intrigued by her ability to work the case, especially how she profiled the killer and was determined to get him. I also loved how the author infused romance into the story, it wasn't over the top and it provided a great balance for all the heart-palpitating suspense that was the majority of the story. As a big murder mystery suspense thriller fan, I thought that the author's attention to detail was masterful, she provides the reader with a gripping look into the sick mind of a psychopath, and her description of the workings of a police department's crime scene investigation was top notch.
Daddy's Home is one gripping suspenseful page-turner of a thriller that is a must read. If you are a fan of the suspense thriller genre, this book is guaranteed to give you goose bumps, it is that good.
RATING: 4 STARS ****