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  • Binge-worthy with an ending you'll never see comin

    The start of a new series, J.R. Adler introduces us to Kimberly King. A former NYPD Homicide Detective looking to lower the risk factor of her life to be there for her little girl, Jessica. She moves to Dead Woman's Crossing, to reconnect with her mom and help her daughter create bonds with her family. She is expecting little hustle and bustle in this small town but after a day on the job a murder is called in and she starts to feel like she's back in New York for all the wrong reasons. The reason Kimberley leaves New York is not entirely clear. Of course she wants more time with her 16 month old daughter but something else seems to be lingering in the back of her mind. The reader is given flashbacks of her life back in New York soon and throughout the story you learn more about her past and why she wanted to be as far away from New York as she could get. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! I love detective stories and Kimberley is such a strong main character who is striving to be a successful detective and a mom. I was drawn in from the very first page and was totally engrossed until the very surprising ending! I cannot wait for the next one to come out!

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  • Just Fabulous!

    Detective Kimberley King moves to the sleepy town of Dead Woman Crossing in Oklahoma, from New York to bring up her daughter, Jessica away from the dangers of the city and to be closer to her family. Newly appointed as the Chief Deputy Sheriff, Kim is struggling to make the adjustment between the two roles. When the body of a young mother and a friend of Kimberley's is discovered, the case bears a resemblance to the unsolved murder of a woman, Katie James, by the local creek back in 1905. Along with Sheriff Sam Walker, it seems that Kimberley is looking for a copycat killer... In this first book of an exciting new series, the author first sets the scene and the reader is introduced to protagonist Kimberley and her complex life. She is suffering from degrees of torment caused by her inability to apprehend a serial killer and this is one of the reasons for leaving the NYPD. Told solely from Kimberley's perspective I soon became immersed in the story, the pace picking up dramatically once the introductions were out of the way. I liked Kimberley and most of the other characters, with one or two exceptions, including her new stepdad, David. I could definitely feel Kimberley's frustration as the case unfolded and she struggled to obtain the trust and the answers she needed. There were some great descriptions of Oklahoma and I connected with J.R. Adler's writing style. The plot was well thought out in this character-driven police procedural, and I enjoyed the progression to the surprising reveal. Dead Woman Crossing was entertaining and held my attention throughout, and it will be interesting to see what J.R. Adler has in store for Kimberley in the second instalment, Black Heart Lane. Overall, a fantastic start to a new series that I have no hesitation in recommending. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Great start to a new mystery series

    hank you to #NetGalley and #Bookcouture foe the opportunity to read and review the first "Detective Kimberley King" mystery from J.R. Adler, entitled "Dead Woman Crossing". Detective Kimberley King has up sticks from her job as Homicide Detective in New York City, and brought her daughter, Jessica, to Dead Woman Crossing, Oklahoma (where the wind goes whistling down the plain, or so they say), to not only get away from her truly traumatizing (and unsolved - hopefully we'll revisit that in a future book) final case, but also to re-connect with her mother and meet her new step-family. First thing King finds out is the reason for the name of the town - the horrific killing of Katie James, a young woman who was murdered in 1905 on the banks of the same twisting creek. And on her very first week of work, it seems that history has been repeated. The body of a young woman, Hannah= who Kimberley has twice met when dropping her daughter off at Toddler Care, and had wanted to make friends with - is found on the banks of that self-same creek, and bears all the signs of the same method of murder - right down to her little daughter Isobel being left at the scene in her stroller - a mute witness. As suspicions grow in the community, King is thrust into a seemingly 'Peyton Place' atmosphere - there are many suspects including a 'murder tourism' guide and his son; one of the force's own currently on leave for domestic abuse, and the child's father who is not to be found. As the first novel in a putative series, this book is a good introduction. I did find the segues back into her final case with NYPD a bit jarring, as they seemed to come out of nowhere; but I did become accustomed to them. The outcome - although unsolved - of that case, and what ultimately drove Kimberley King away from NYC was somewhat predictable, but that's okay. There are a few red herrings along the way to the solution of the case, but the ultimate unmasking of the perpetrator is still somewhat jarring. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery with a dash of small-town life thrown in.

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  • A great start to a new series

    I was first introduced to J.R. Adler’s work this year with her psychological thriller The Perfect Marriage (under the pen name of Jeneva Rose). Having loved that book, I jumped at the chance to read and review Dead Woman Crossing when the opportunity presented itself. I love the excitement of starting a new crime thriller series and Dead Woman Crossing is a great start to one. J.R. Adler has embraced the genre wholeheartedly and has produced a story that is first class. It is a thrilling tale that will have you gripped right from the get go. The premise of the story had me intrigued and I thought that the setting and the history of it enhanced the story all the more. The small and sleepy rural town of Dead Woman Crossing in Oklahoma, is named after a woman who was found dead by the creek in 1905, her murder unsolved. The case that Kimberly becomes embroiled in, the death of her friend Hannah, has similar traits to that murder and looks like the work of a copycat. I throughly enjoyed Kimberly King’s character. She is flawed like us all and is believable, which made it very easy to resonate with her. J.R. Adler has done a superb job in creating her and brings her to life beautifully. She is a strong woman and I look forward to the layers being pulled back and getting to know her more. The cast of secondary characters have also been very well created and play out their roles well. I did find that this moved at a slightly slower pace to start with, but the strength of the story, its characters and the tension and suspense that is built up in the background, had me wanting to keep flicking the pages. J.R. Adler really knows how to tell a story and it does pick up the pace, making for more of a thrilling second half. I am so glad that I was introduced to J.R. Adler/Jeneva Rose’ work. She is such a talented author and I look forward to many more books to come from her in both the psychological thriller and crime thriller genres. She really is an asset to both! It was a pleasure to be able to read and review Dead Woman Crossing which I recommend. Thank you to J.R. Adler, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Dead Woman Crossing which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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  • Great read, really enjoyed Detective King

    The book is very well written; the main characters are well developed and have an interesting life story; it is a difficult whodunit to solve. I look forward to book 2.

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