48 HOURS TO KILL by Andrew Bourelle
Published by Crooked Lane Books
If Ethan Lockhart was given the chance to do his life over, he would. In a heartbeat. As a young man trying to prove himself to the world, he took a job at a strip club owned by a shady individual known as “Shark”. Getting involved with Shark and his goons lands Ethan in jail for a short time and to reward Ethan for his silence/loyalty-Shark tells him he’ll look after his sister while he’s behind bars.
But she goes missing.
And then she’s declared dead.
Ethan has a 48-hour furlough to attend his sister’s funeral that he plans to use to find out what happened to his sister. A race against time. One wrong move and Ethan could find himself adding to his prison sentence or killed.
Author Andrew Bourelle nailed it.
The pace, the intricate plotting, the character development, all of it. I was glued to the pages of this book until its exciting conclusion.
This story played out like a movie starring Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg as Ethan Lockhart. A likable guy who has become hardened by prison life. Upon his return home, things go as expected: He has an awkward visit with his mother, a tense run-in with former co-workers at the club, and his initial face-off with Shark doesn’t go well. Bourelle takes his time with these scenes. Nothing about the narrative feels ‘phoned-in’. The dialog is authentic. Each character is fully formed and fleshed out. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Ethan and get helplessly invested in his cause.
I am impressed with the intricate details of the plot, as well. It was fun trying to keep track of all the moving parts and formulate running theories as to what happened to Ethan’s sister.
As the hours wind down to mere minutes, the pages fly by.
I really need this to be a movie!
This book is available for pre-order at Crooked Lane Books and the expected release is December 7th, 2021
5 out of 5 stars-you can’t ask for a better crime thriller-murder mystery. Bourelle delivers.
Reviewed by Sadie Hartmann "Mother Horror"