Author Name: Robert Skuce
Publisher Name: Robert Skuce (March 2017)
Reviewed By: Jessica Bucci
ABOUT THE BOOK
Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn't just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno's grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.
Rosie's stalker, Ashley Truelove knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn't can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will he escape his clutches once again?
While I wasn’t drawn to the author’s writing style, I did enjoy the plot and structure of the novel, and was not disappointed with the ending. The novel is told through three character perspectives: Bruno, Ashley, and Brown. The tone is conversational and easy to read. I found some errors and distracting phrasing, however, the murder mystery kept my attention and I was able to look past the small hiccups. The plot moves along fairly quickly, keeping the audience guessing about the ending (which I am mad at myself for not figuring out!)
This novel is for a more mature audience, as it does contain violent images, inappropriate language, and disturbing material. That being said, the violence and language doesn’t overpower the plot, but rather compliments it. Robert does a solid job of developing his characters in their respective chapters, as well as the secondary characters he includes. It was easy to discern between characters and follow their actions.
I would recommend ‘Kiss of Death’ to readers who like murder mysteries filled with plot twists. The ending of this novel makes the read worthwhile.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Skuce thought that he was too pretty and small for prison so he decided to write about it instead. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. A man, who was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in a small town, he decided to try his hand at creative novel writing. Turned out, he loved it and kept writing to improve his craft and is now the writer he is today. He enjoys a good mystery and once in a while he likes to go back to horror when it was simpler and less complicated then you find in this day and age.
Currently living in Southern Ontario with his wife and four kids, he enjoys long walks, time with his family and lazy afternoons getting caught up on television. He loves playing with computers and is the household personal IT technician. When he goes out, you can find him exploring the different restaurants his city has to offer and driving in the country side. He is always looking for new places to be the basis of his books. He photographs abandoned buildings and unique parts of town in order to create a sense of realism in his books.
Filled with ideas and personalities that are unique, he is always coming up with a new and twist-filled story that will make its way to the pages everyone can enjoy. Captivating his readers with the difficulty in his books and leaving them trying to figure out who did it, will make you want to keep reading to see what Robert Skuce will come up with next!
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.