What a fantastic weekend!
I was lucky enough to have three reviews roll in … check them out!
Kristi Belcamino’s Gabriella Giovanni has the sharp wit of a seasoned beat reporter and the tragic past of a truly complex heroine.
As Gabriella delves into the complicated mind of a beguiling criminal to report on a case about the kidnapping of a young girl that is eerily similar to that of her deceased sister, she approaches the source of what makes a killer kill with a refreshing amount of pragmatic compassion.
Fans of acclaimed shows like The Killing and True Detective will devour BLESSED ARE THE DEAD. Belcamino is a strong female voice in a genre dominated by men. I can’t wait for the next installment in this thrilling series! — Bethany Neal, acclaimed author of MY LAST KISS
Like the best Law & Order SVU episode you’ve ever seen…
And the kicker is that the protagonist, Gabriella, is a newspaper reporter instead of a cop, so you get an entirely different perspective on a twisted serial murder case. “Ella” is a woman you can instantly relate to, i.e., she pigs out on pasta, has a messy love life, forgets to switch her cell on, and accidentally wears her clothes inside out. Through her, the author deftly gives us an inside glimpse into the world of a big city crime reporter — the deadlines, the hierarchies, the crazy and often dangerous demands to get news scoops, the cutthroat competition among staff and with other papers, and the fascinating tension between cop reporters and cops themselves. It’s all here in such vivid detail, it’s unmistakably the writing of someone who has been there, done that — which Belcamino has, it turns out, even down to the interviews with a serial killer. This is authentic stuff, not the result of Google research and fancy wordplay. So real, in fact, that the suspense will make you glad this is an e-book so you can take it with you everywhere. One caveat: I was a little confused at first when exactly this story is meant to take place, as the characters have cell phones, but their world still does not seem totally wired. Sure enough, towards the end we learn it’s during the GW Bush administration, which then makes sense. Looking forward to more from Belcamino and Gabriella! — Meg Bratsch, acquisitions editor in book publishing