Review: Hatchet (Memories of Murder #1) by E.L. Reed


Print Length: 194 pages
Publisher:  ELR Publishing (July 20, 2021)

From  One determined detective. One thorough medical examiner. And the serial killer that brings them together.

Connecticut State Police Detective Wesley Dawson will stop at nothing until this maniac serial killer is locked up and put away for good. With bodies piling up and his older sister living on the streets, Wes refuses to let anything get in his way. The crimes are gruesome, and nobody is safe with a vicious killer on the loose.

Medical examiner Ali Jenson is the best in the business, but even these cases are too brutal for her. The deaths are beginning to get to her. Ali's strength and courage won't falter; she'll do everything she can to help Wes. But when the killer starts hitting a little too close to home, the stakes are higher than either of them ever imagined.

With time running out, can they take down the killer before it's too late?


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

One big issue I had with this book is something that I sincerely hope was changed before publication and that is the fact that words were hyphenated for absolutely no reason. For example "re-ally" instead of really, or "al-lowing" instead of allowing. This happened often and was quite distracting. But again, as I did receive an ARC of this novel I am hoping that was caught and fixed. 

Aside from that - the perspective of the killer was fascinating. I loved how their part in the story was told in the first person, while the other two points of view (Dawson & Ali respectively) were told in the third person. I think this switch allowed us to get into the killer's head as we tried to understand their past and figure out who they were. 

However, I really could have done without the romance between Dawson and Ali. Especially when we know next to nothing about them. Sure, little details are dropped here and there, but I never really felt like they developed as characters. So I would have liked to have seen them exploring their friendship and learning more about them as individual people before they started thinking in terms of romance, especially when their romantic thoughts do nothing in my opinion to move the plot forward (especially Ari's point of view seemed overly romantic). 

While this story did include it's fair share of red herrings, and dubious characters, I never really felt like I was drawn into the world the way I wanted to be. I also felt as though most of it dragged on a fair amount. But I do think this story would appeal to those who enjoy these types of novels. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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