Book Review: Don't Tell A Soul by D.K. Hood

Don’t Tell A Soul 
Small town. Big Crimes. Dark Secrets.

About the Book

The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene.
Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other.

Both were strangers to the town, but there’s nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one’s talking; how well does she really know the people around her?

Then a disturbing clue makes Jenna suspect a connection with other disappearances in the town’s history. Just when she begins asking the right questions, she realises she’s being followed. Is she next on the killer’s list?

In a race against time, Jenna and David must unlock the dark secret at the heart of the town, before it’s too late… 

My Thoughts

The initial meeting between Sheriff Jenna Alton and Deputy Sheriff David Kane is great! I’ve never read anything like it before. Importantly, it shows the personality of these characters from the outset.

Both Jenna and David have come to Black Rock Falls to escape their pasts. We learn enough about their backgrounds so the story is well balanced but there is still plenty left for readers to discover in later books.

Thrillers set in small towns always interest me. It astounds me that no matter the level of small town gossip, there are always secrets that are kept well hidden. The surprises are not always welcome. In this book, Jenna and David are further disadvantaged because they are both new transplants to the area.

Early on, I chose the person I thought was the killer and I was proved wrong. This is nothing new with me. I prefer the thrill of the journey and this book delivered that. There was enough detail about the crimes and the investigation of them to suit me and nothing was overdone. If anything I would have liked a bit more information about the eventual culprit.

Don’t Tell A Soul is the first book in the Detectives Kane and Alton series. I have already placed the next book on my to-read list.

About the Author

I've always had a wicked sense of humor, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many wonderful vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I'll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.