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[Book Review] 19 souls by J.D. Allen

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Publication date- 8 February, 2018

Publisher- midnight ink

Pages- 360

Source- netgalley

Genre- adult fiction, contemporary, psychological thriller


Private Investigator Jim Bean is a straightforward, to-the-point man. When his latest client, Sophie Evers, asks him to find her brother Daniel, Jim has no idea how complicated his life is about to become.

Daniel is not Sophie’s brother. He is her most coveted prey. Clinging to the belief that they belong together, Sophie kills Daniel’s real sister to manipulate Jim into flushing Daniel out of hiding. She will create the “perfect life” for the only man she’s ever loved, no matter how many people she must kill along the way.

When Jim discovers the truth about Sophie, he’s driven to set things right before her delusional plan claims even more souls.


The pleasure of watching the smoky vapor of his bleeding soul as it left his ugly carcass would boost her, feed her.”

This was one evenly paced book. You know, there are some books which start at a slow pace but speed up, and some others vice versa of it. But this book was neither.
This wasn’t a typical psychological thriller to me. Sure, psychological aspect was there, but it was lacking on the thrill a bit. Nevertheless, this book had a charm of its own. It actually stands out from many psychological thrillers, making itself a special kind of book.
The characters were all very interesting and they felt real. Each one standing distinctively makes you remember them. Such real characters have a proper image in your head and you remember their names, even though there were not many of them here.
Then there is a mini romance between the private investigator and the FBI officer Eva Webb. This one feels very real and sweet. Here, both of them do not display their feelings, but the reader knows they are there.
Being a psychological thriller, you expect such a book to have a maniac protagonist. This book has one too. Sophie is as wild as you expect her to. But there were some instances which I felt didn’t make sense. I mean, I know that such maniacs are supposed to act like that, but it was too far stretched here.
Overall, I would say this is a pretty decent psychological thriller, with an interesting plot and characters. I would’ve given it more stars but the ending is what is pinching me!
My rating- 3/5 stars
Note: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review through netgalley.

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