Scattered Leavesby Richard E. Roach was a good book for me which I read for his blog tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions. This novel has a little bit of everything in it: romance, mystery, murders and suspense. I also love the cover on this book; it reminds me of fleeting beauty.
The story begins with Ben McCord coming home from a business trip and finding his wife June brutally raped and murdered. He’s crazy in his grief and when it seems the local police aren’t going to get anywhere fast in finding out who killed her, he decides to take it upon himself to hunt the killers down.
He finds himself tangled up in a mess that seems much bigger than he ever could have thought. First he’s almost killed in his hotel room and then someone tries to shoot him. The local police think he’s off his rocker and begin to dread his calls as they always bring some dead bodies into the picture. Finally McCord decides to take off out of town after he gets the name of the guy who tried to kill him.
Again he is set on a crazy path. Once more he finds himself tangled in another mess; this one leading him to need a root canal. It’s here he meets the beautiful doctor PJ who he forms a special bond with. They both end up being taken by some scary drug dudes and PJ suffers some unspeakable acts at their hands. McCord is mad and both he and PJ vow revenge. From here they go on to uncover the mystery behind why McCord was being chased and who killed his wife.
Scattered Leaves did keep me interested. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Was McCord going to get himself killed? Or PJ? Would he ever find out what happened to his wife? It was all of these things that kept me turning the pages until I finished the book. The only thing I would have to say that bothered me about the book was some of the language in the book between the characters. At times I got annoyed with how big and strong McCord always was and how PJ just simply couldn’t live without him and kept reminding him of it. That being said I still really enjoyed the book although I would have been just as happy had the story only revolved around McCord trying to find his wife’s killer without bringing PJ into the story. However, it was something different for me and I liked that. My favorite character would have been McCord~the big burly guy who gets things done. You can’t help but like him. At times he had me laughing with some of the things he would take on or ways he handled certain situations.
Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for inviting me to participate in Richard’s blog tour. Make sure to visit Richard Roach’s website here. You can also purchase Richard’s book here in the US and here in Canada.
Also, make sure to stop back at Peeking Between the Pages tomorrow as Richard will join us with a guest post and I’ll be giving away a couple copies of his novel, Scattered Leaves to a few of my lucky readers.