Thursday, December 12, 2013

Review: Silent Echo by J.R. Rain

Title: Silent Echo
Author: J.R. Rain
Release Date: December 1, 2013

Not much could drag Jim Booker out of a peaceful, if lonely, retirement and back to late nights, crime scenes, and chases. Jim Booker is done with detective work and would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day. But when an old friend shows up with a case about an old flame, Booker can’t say no.

What starts as a missing persons case soon delivers more than he bargained for, and when Booker’s own past offers clues, it’s clear that no one else can solve this mystery. But there’s a catch: Booker was given six months to live eight months ago.

Author J.R. Rain shows us that when it seems there’s nothing left to live for, there’s also nothing left to lose. His characters will take a chance on danger, doubt, even an unlikely romance—as long as they get a cup of coffee first.

My Rating: 4 of 5 ♥'s

My Review

Jim Booker is a retired PI and he's also on his death bed.  He was given 6 months to live 8 months ago so he's on borrowed time, which you can't forget for as often as we are reminded of it in the book. When someone is killed that he used to be really close to, he realizes that it is eerily familiar to another case from his childhood, he can't help but want to solve one last case. 
With him being extremely sick he needs plenty of help to get around...enter Numi, his gay friend and caregiver.  Numi had me teary eyed a couple of times because of the way he treats Jim.  Jim is so mean to his friend and caregiver and knows it and we are constantly reminded of this throughout the book too.  It's a little bothersome but considering this book is written in 1st person from Bookers POV...I can overlook the redundancy and repeating of this because his mind is not what it once was being as sick as he is. 
I was guessing all the way through the book who the killer was. I'm glad it wasn't made to obvious because it just wouldn't have been a good read then.  I was cheering for him towards the end of the book because of the love he found and the acceptance that his friends and family finally showed to him.
I've read a lot of J.R. Rain's books and this was just ok compared to his other books/series, but still a good book and you should give it a try.

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