Scattered Leavesby Richard E. Roach was a good book for me which I read for his blog tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotions. This novel has a little bit of everything in it: romance, mystery, murders and suspense. I also love the cover on this book; it reminds me of fleeting beauty.
The story begins with Ben McCord coming home from a business trip and finding his wife June brutally raped and murdered. He’s crazy in his grief and when it seems the local police aren’t going to get anywhere fast in finding out who killed her, he decides to take it upon himself to hunt the killers down.
He finds himself tangled up in a mess that seems much bigger than he ever could have thought. First he’s almost killed in his hotel room and then someone tries to shoot him. The local police think he’s off his rocker and begin to dread his calls as they always bring some dead bodies into the picture. Finally McCord decides to take off out of town after he gets the name of the guy who tried to kill him.
Again he is set on a crazy path. Once more he finds himself tangled in another mess; this one leading him to need a root canal. It’s here he meets the beautiful doctor PJ who he forms a special bond with. They both end up being taken by some scary drug dudes and PJ suffers some unspeakable acts at their hands. McCord is mad and both he and PJ vow revenge. From here they go on to uncover the mystery behind why McCord was being chased and who killed his wife.
Scattered Leaves did keep me interested. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Was McCord going to get himself killed? Or PJ? Would he ever find out what happened to his wife? It was all of these things that kept me turning the pages until I finished the book. The only thing I would have to say that bothered me about the book was some of the language in the book between the characters. At times I got annoyed with how big and strong McCord always was and how PJ just simply couldn’t live without him and kept reminding him of it. That being said I still really enjoyed the book although I would have been just as happy had the story only revolved around McCord trying to find his wife’s killer without bringing PJ into the story. However, it was something different for me and I liked that. My favorite character would have been McCord~the big burly guy who gets things done. You can’t help but like him. At times he had me laughing with some of the things he would take on or ways he handled certain situations.
Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotion for inviting me to participate in Richard’s blog tour. Make sure to visit Richard Roach’s website here. You can also purchase Richard’s book here in the US and here in Canada.
Also, make sure to stop back at Peeking Between the Pages tomorrow as Richard will join us with a guest post and I’ll be giving away a couple copies of his novel, Scattered Leaves to a few of my lucky readers.
Sandy Nawrot says
That sounds like the book does have it all! I like the cover too…she looks like Kate Winslet.
Great review, Dar. Glad you enjoyed it. I’ll watch for it!
Sounds thrilling, I could use a bit more of that in my reading 🙂
Great review — this sounds like quite the book.
Dorothy Thompson says
Thanks for the review, Dar! ;o)
Thanks for the review, Dar! This one sounds good!
Thank you PEEKING BETWEEN THE PAGES for having my book on your blog.
John D. MacDonald said, (“A Purple Place for Dying”) “There is never enough penance, not for him (the mean guy) not for me, and not for you, my friend.”
Today let’s change that to: There’s not enough JOY. Let’s join together in wishing everyone a joyful day, week, and year.
SCATTERED LEAVES is far out enough that it should take your mind off problems for a day.
Lots of Love from,
Richard E. Roach
Great review Dar – the book does sound like something I’d read. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. That was very nice of the author also coming by and commenting on your review.
Great review! I keep saying I am going to read this one, but my TBR pile never seems to get any smaller. LOL!
I had a rough time with some of the same things you noted in your review.
I’m planning to add your review link to my post, here: http://savvyverseandwit.blogspot.com/2008/11/scattered-leaves-by-richard-roach.html
Sounds like all sorts of things happen to this guy! It sounds a little “busy” for my taste but great review nonetheless.
Literary Feline says
Thanks for the great review, Dar. I’ve been curious about this book since I first heard about it.
Thanks for your review, Dar! It sounds like such a complex book. Maybe too complex for me, but we’ll see. I may just get around to it!
Hi Dar 🙂 I like it when people give honest reviews, giving us both the good and the bad. This was a really good review. Sounds interesting but I think the things that troubled you about this book would bug me too…LOL
I do like the cover…very intriguing 🙂
Scrap girl says
now i want to know who killed his wife and I haven’t even heard of it. Dar – you make my TBR pile just get bigger and bigger! It sounds so intense, I found myself reading faster the more I read of your post.
This one sounds a bit rough but still a good story. Can’t help but wonder why his wife was killed and he was being chased.
great review dar, glad you liked the book.
its always fun when a book keeps you guessing.
Great review, Dar! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m intrigued by the premise… sounds intense! 🙂
This book sounds pretty interesting and I enjoyed reading your review! I’ve never heard of this author so thanks for bringing another “new to me” author to my attention!!
The cover reminds me of Texas. 🙂 All those jacks out in West Texas. I don’t think this book is for me–the language and the dynamics between McCord and PJ sound like they would annoy me also. I’m glad you did enjoy some aspects of it, though!
Sounds really inense! Great review, Dar. I’ll look out for this one.
sounds very interesting – I’m sure I’ve heard of this novel before… Loved the life lessons, too! (but I can’t do anymore giveaways right now! I’m buried in books.) 🙂
I’ve seen mixed reviews of this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it for the most part.
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