Blood on the Tracks by: Barbara Nickless


Synopsis from the publisher through Netgalley:

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

My Review:

I don’t normally read books about people who have come home from war and are messed up from it.  Suffering from PTSD is such a serious issue and I just can’t get into fictionalized stories about it.  For some reason, however, this book attracted my attention. I requested it from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and received an E-ARC.

This was an interesting mystery.  It was sad to read about veterans who come back messed up from their experiences but the story was well written.  It definitely kept my interest.  I loved the relationship between the main character Sydney Rose and her K9 partner Clyde.  It was touching to read about their love for one another.  The relationships between the other characters and Sydney were realistic as well.  Everything was most definitely not all sunshine and flowers between them and it was almost refreshing to read that.  Not all books have to have such happy endings with all parties.

I just noticed on Goodreads that this is listed as Sydney Rose Parnell #1, so I would be interested to read the next book to see what happens.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

4_crowns  netgalley_challenge_2016_purple_120


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