Before I start my review, I would like to thank Rick Sulik for allowing me to review Death Unmasked.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Death Unmasked from Rick Sulik for free for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: Death Unmasked
Author: Rick Sulik
Publisher: Itoh Press
Date of Publication: October 25th 2012
Where the book can be found:
Part of a series: No
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Selected verses from ‘The Ballad’ are also interwoven throughout the story. A huge smokestack belching smoke and a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat and an old antique picture frame with the Warrior’s Creed, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life – Emil – and that he lost the only woman he could ever love in Emil’s time. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. When Jamison finds his mate she doesn’t recognize him, nor can she recall a past life as his wife. His efforts to reclaim her are derailed when he discovers the same fiend who took her from him in the past is stalking her again. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.
I wasn’t really sure what to think of this book in the first couple of chapters. To be very honest, the book was really slow the first couple of chapters and overly descriptive (or so I thought). I struggled through the first couple of chapters because of above issues. But get past those first few chapters and the book is a great read!!!
I really enjoyed the story line. A returning serial killer comes back, a cop suddenly remembers his past life, tries to find his lost love, develops psychic premonition about where criminals are and how all 3 are melded together make a very interesting story. Throw in some very creepy stanzas from the Oscar Wilde poem “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” and the story becomes chilling in places.
From the minute we meet Sean Jamison, the pace of the book picked up greatly. When all of his past lives come back, he becomes obsessed with finding his long-lost soul mate. When he does find her, he is devastated that she doesn’t remember him or their past lives together. But not is all what it seems and there was a twist in that storyline that made me genuinely go “Seriously”….lol.
I do wish that there were more scenes with the serial killer. He was genuinely a creeper and I do wish that the author spent more time in his brain. But once Darla was killed, the serial killer really wasn’t in the story until the end. Which, to me, was a waste because a huge deal was made by Sean about people being reincarnated and then when Sean was explaining to his Captain about how the people in this case were all connected.
I do think that the author shouldn’t have spent time on making Sean’s captain fall in love with him and then have Sean drop that past life tidbit on her in the office. It went from being cute (and kinda obsessive after he found his soul mate) to really creepy and gross. If you want to know why…..read the book!!
The ending was great and, for the book, perfect. The author brought all of the storylines together in a way that satisfied me. Nothing was left open-ended, which was great.
How many stars will I give Death Unmasked? 5
Why? A great, well written book that takes you on a rollercoaster ride to try to find a long-lost love and serial killer.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Adult
Why? Violence, rape, murder