Publisher: Christopher Matthews Publishing
Date of Publication: November 6, 2015
Where the book can be found: Amazon
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
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.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. 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 sure what to think of this book in the first couple of chapters. To be very honest, the book was slow the first couple of chapters. I struggled through the first couple of chapters because of the above issues. But get past those first few chapters and the book is a great read!!!
I enjoyed the storyline. A returning serial killer comes back. A cop remembers his past life, tries to find his lost love, and develops psychic premonitions. How all 3 are melded together make a very interesting story. Throw in some very creepy stanzas from “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” and the story becomes chilling.
From the minute we meet Sean Jamison, the pace of the book picked up. When all 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 that it seems and there was a twist in that storyline that made me go “Seriously”.
I do wish that there were more scenes with the serial killer. He was a creeper and I do wish that the author spent more time in his brain. But once Darla was killed, the serial killer wasn’t in the story until the end. Which was a waste because a deal was made by Sean about people being reincarnated. Then Sean explained to his Captain about how the people, in the 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. Only to 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 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 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