Friday, April 20, 2012

Daddy's Home Review

Book Review of Daddy’s Home by A.K. Alexander

Daddy's Home
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 11th 2010 by Createspace
1456332015 (ISBN13: 9781456332013)
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Book Synopsis:

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 plays out his role as the perfect father. When things don't go so perfect in his insane fantasy world, the family man kills.

Crime Scene Investigator Holly Jennings of the San Diego Police 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 deeper 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.

Author Information:

Join A.K. Alexander, author of the thriller novel, Daddy’s Home (D’Vine Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere March 19 – May 11 2012  on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About A.K. Alexander

A.K. Alexander
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 had 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 work 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 complete 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!
A.K.’s recent release is Daddy’s Home.

You can visit her website at
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Book Review:

Daddy's Home
“Holly Jennings wanted to get this son of a b…”  She needed to see him stretched out, strapped down on a gurney.  She yearned to watch the hypo hooked up to his veins, releasing the venomous fluid that would flow through his body, causing it to gradually shut down.  Better yet, Holly wanted to take her nine-millimeter Glock, put it to his temple, and pull the trigger.”

Now that is what you call a hook.  How can you not want to keep reading when that is the first paragraph of the book?  Daddy’s Home is not for the faint of heart.  This murder mystery tackles the twisted mind of a killer, which can be a terrifying place to be… especially when he’s not alone. 

But this book is more than just a mystery and compelling forensic nightmare.  The author brings in romance, suspense, and a good creeping chill… just for fun.  This is not my typical fare for reading as I tend to prefer a good romance or fun fantasy novel; but if you like murder and suspense with a dash of romance then this book is perfect for you.

Well written with an easy reading style, I give this book 4 out of 5 dark clouds.

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