Hello, Dear Bloggites! Happy March, Ya’ll! 😀 I am once again honored to have been asked to review a book by an author. Jamie C. Pritchard emailed me with the offer of gifting his book, Killer in the Coop, if I was willing to write a book review for him. As you all know, Peggy NEVER SAYS NO to providing book reviews or reading new authors she had not heard of. 🙂
I was intrigued by the story plot in this book. The plot was about a man, Eli, who writes a 51,000 word essay of his planned shooting and why and sends it to the news media. The fascination is how the author wrote the story. Jamie C. Pritchard wrote the story telling the ending first then working backward to the beginning. I am an ID TV junkie and one of my favorite series works from the end back to the beginning so this format immediately piqued my interest.
The story was written in the 3rd person which I love (as you know) and each character had multiple dimensions to them. The only complex character was the lead character and that worked in this story line. I was immediately pulled in by the first few lines of a woman who was calling 911 to report a shooting in her building until the killer, Eli, found her under her desk.
The only thing I did not like about the story was it ended too soon. I was expecting a long novel and was surprised that it was more of a novella and as I was totally engrossed in the “making” of the man named Eli, I was stopped short with the shocked knowledge that I was at the end. That being said, I really enjoyed this story and I hope the author continues with other stories about Eli’s life before his final decision to murder a bunch of random people with a strange sense of purpose. Thank you, Jamie, for sharing your book with me and I look forward to reading more of your written work.
I give Killer In The Coop by Jamie C. Pritchard 4 out of 5 Bookmarks. Go grab a copy and enjoy a quick read, you won’t be disappointed.