I truly enjoyed this book for all of its many facets – crime, drama, friendship, a touch of romance, intrigue, sparks of humor – all wrapped in quintessential British flavor. Author Kevin Hatt wound the life of Haszard, the main character, around the murder of his friend, his pub-dwelling buddies and his career so well, I felt like I was there with them. The romantic relationship between Haszard and his girlfriend is refreshing and different than many modern relationships and even more so than book and movie relationships. The actions scenes are believable and kept me hooked all the way through. As an American reader, I loved the British colloquialisms and lifestyle.
Things go from bad to worse when a second friend is found murdered; when an unknown assailant chases him and his friend down a deserted road while firing a gun at them; when blackmail enters the picture and threats are issued, and so much more. In the meantime, Haszard has to maintain his jobs, deal with a crazy ex-girlfriend, and try to establish a new relationship while he takes it upon himself to find whoever is responsible for his friends’ deaths.
He vows never to get involved in anything like this again, but we know he can’t stick to that promise because there are more books in the series, and I, for one, am glad. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
I got my very first video review from fantastic horror author Rocky Rochford! My favorite suite of his works is the Don’t Turn Around trilogy, which can be found on Amazon as Wait and Bleed. Rocky also writes poetry, romance, and…well, just about everything! He’s quite a dark horse.
Special thanks to Rocky, of course, who read Anatomy of a Darkened Heart twice before giving it 5 stars and publishing his video review!
I have made my first foray into Booktube! Check out my video review of Anthony Breznican’s Brutal Youth, a fiction book on teenage bullying from all angles. Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you think of it. I gave it 4 stars and would recommend it.
I just posted a new book review in my Writer as Reader series. The book is called The Flowers by Dagoberto Gilb and is a peek into the life of a high school age boy who lives in a city wracked with racial hatred, violence, and sexual scandal.
Read more about this excellent novel here, and let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it!