Necessary Evil ~ My review

Necessary Evil  3 stars

Read from December 08 to 15, 2013

Synopsis: 1990 – Atlanta, Georgia

Is there a serial killer on the prowl? Or is someone just yanking the blindfold off Lady Justice?

“The Bible says, “If men strive, and hurt a woman…
He shall be punished. Though shalt give life for life.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,
Foot for foot, Burning for burning,
Wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
I say, “Heaven and victims raged
As another beast was set free.
Taking an eye for an eye was left up to me.
If Justice is blind or her hands are bound,
Rejoice, Good Citizens, for I am around.”

It was signed The Avenger in typed print

Now justice had a name and Lt. Dan Mallory and his squad had to stop him from avenging heinous crimes against women.

But The Avenger proved smarter and more deadly than any killer they had ever
tracked. No clues. No forensics. Nothing – but a trail of mutilated bodies of men the courts had set free on technicalities.

Were the victims connected? And were they really victims or just finally paying for their crimes?

Lt. Dan Mallory had his suspicions. Crime reporter James Starr knew more than he should about The Avenger and his victims. And Starr also knew more than he should about Mallory’s past.

New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor brings you a psychological thriller that will shock you with its intensity as she takes you into the darkest regions of revenge. When justice really becomes blind, the Avenger steps in and becomes a Necessary Evil

NECESSARY EVIL is not for the faint of heart.


A page turner that will leave your heart pounding – and make you check the locks on your doors and windows

Warning – this book and its violent scenes and language is for mature audiences only.

NECESSARY EVIL also gifts you with the first chapters from Janelle Taylor’s next psychological thrillers: UNNECESSARY EVIL and DANGEROUS DECEPTIONS

Bookish things: 360 pages filled with horror and thrilling experiences. The cover is a little bland, but it does get the point across that the book is a little creepy.

Where to buy: Amazon has it on kindle for $3.70, in paperback for $13.46 or you can get it from Smashwords for $2.99 in .mobi and various other formats.

My review: Bookshelves: indie-author, 3-star-review, crime, insta-love, not-for-the-feint-hearted, gore-and-blood

This book has so much potential. The premise is amazing and the way I had to keep guessing who the killer was made for a great read. This review is sounding like a 5 star one, hey? Well I am sad to say, it didn’t get there for the below reasons:

1. This book has some very graphic content that will horrify, it has, gore and mutilation triggers, rape, physical abuse to women, and quite a lot of swearing.

2. Brace yourself, you’re thrown in the deep end with no warning and the first few scenes are pretty graphic.

3. As I read on, the crime and detective work part of the story got better. It shows that Janelle has either watched a hell of a lot of crime TV or she thoroughly researched that part. Where I had issues was with the torture and murder scenes. Each one was almost exactly the same as the last, with the exception of name changes and torture implement they could have been swapped around.

4. Where’s the closure? Is there another book? It’s left wide open.

Overall, a good book, but not great.

I love a good horror/thriller book, share some of your favourites with me so I can go and try them!


3 thoughts on “Necessary Evil ~ My review

  1. I’ve dipped into them. “Night Warriors” (Four book series) and “Ritual” stick out for me. I started “Tengu” but didn’t get much past the first chapter.

  2. Have you ever tried Graham Masterton? He’s not known for his characterisation, but his horror is par excellence.

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