Author Jeff Gunhus / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 274 Pages
Special Note: Killer Within was acquired by Thomas & Mercer and was re-released in February. On my tablet I received the one cover, however I am seeing a different cover on Amazon. So I’ve included both pictures to ease any confusion if you go to purchase the book.
This was a solid, enjoyable thriller. I read it in one day. Granted, it was a Saturday, so I had the luxury of a smidgen more time than a weekday. Jet’s pizza was called at one point. This novel opens with a dramatic scene. If you are like me, you suspect one action, but then a second thing happens you weren’t expecting. I did reject it at first. “No, why did he do that!” I might have felt sorry for the character until he did that! Now, I really, really don’t like him.
The next main character you are introduced to is Allison. She is the series protagonist and I have to say I really liked her. She struggles with some demons from her past, with aspects of her job, and with relationships. Who of us have all of our ducks in a row? She is smart, brave, talented, driven, and has a good heart.
You are not surprised that a secondary character, Charlie, has a crush on her. Allison hasn’t led him on, she told him it’s not gonna happen. But for Charlie, hope springs eternal and he keeps trying to get in her good graces. You just feel he should be rewarded for so much pain and aggravation he goes thru for his ‘crush.’ I really hope to see him in future books, not because they should be together (it’s not a romance book), but because he actually is heroic at times for a regular guy.
The writing is well-done. The author loves to leave you hanging in some places and misleads you to think one thing has happened when it is another altogether. He pulled it off without it being too contrived. I would have to say that is a strong feature to this book. I saw some things coming, but others surprised me. Great read.
About the Author
Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids.