Friday, October 16, 2015

Book Review: Welcome Back, Jack By Liam Sweeny (PLUS Giveaway)

Welcome Back, Jack
By Liam Sweeny
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

When Jack was six years old, his parents were brutally slain by a serial killer. The police later found drifter Clyde Colsen driving a stolen car, his clothes soaked in blood. He was tried, convicted and executed. Jack grew up knowing that they got the guy.

Now, Jack, a decorated homicide detective in New Rhodes, arrives at the third crime scene of the “South End Killer” murders and finds his name. He will soon find out something else: Thirty years ago, they got the wrong guy. And now the right guy’s come back to pay Jack and New Rhodes his bloody respects.

As Jack struggles to stay on the case, his cat-and-mouse with the killer makes him wonder if he’s the cat or the mouse. His family, and everyone in his life is fair game. As the killer escalates and threatens the entire city, Jack has a question he must answer in his desperation; can he stop the monster without becoming one?

My Review

This is a gritty thriller and I love a good gritty thriller! Jack is an excellent homicide detective who discovers a new string of murders is actually attached to his past. A dark time in his childhood is resurfacing, but it's quite the process for the detective to reveal the face behind the murders.

A successful thriller needs to have twists and turns and suspense. The author does not disappoint us when he delivers Welcome Back, Jack. I enjoyed the historical pieces of this story that end up tying into the current plot. I think the murder scenes were described in such detail that you could easily visualize the crime. This novel was action packed until the final page. 

Author Bio 

Liam Sweeny has worn many hats in his life. In addition to being a writer for ten years, he has been an artist, musician, grassroots campaign staffer and spent four years in disaster response, both in leadership and in the field.

It was in the field in New Orleans that Sweeny got his start as a writer. Hurricane Katrina, and his role in the relief effort, fueled his early writing, where he began in sci-fi/fantasy before transitioning into crime, mystery and noir.

As a crime writer, Sweeny’s work has appeared in many publications, such as Thuglit, All Due Respect, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey and others. You can find out more at

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