Published by Mira Books on December 17th 2019
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.
Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.
Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her—people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.
All she has to do is kill a stranger.
“First rule of the murder club. Don’t talk about murder club. Got it. “
New to me author Wendy Heard captured my attention with her “murder club”. You’re invited to participate, to name a person making your life miserable, and take your assignment. Agreed that you need to kill someone and get away with it; a syringe of poison, a disguise, instructions on how to and your life is changed. You become a member of the “Blackbird” club, an agent of change.
At the center of the story is Jasmine “Jazz” Benavides, and she stands to protect her brother Joaquin from a foster mother and neglects him by denying medical care he requires, and the abuse she has endured for yours at her hand. The invitation to the club first goes declined, but Jazz gets pushed a little too far, and her world begins to spin out of control. Mistakes are doubly deadly, and soon Jazz finds herself on the run from a powerful fore, that seems to know where she is , what she thinks and how she’ll react. But they don’t count on Jazz’s determined natured, the depth of passion and love she feels.
This story is fast-paced, sitting on the edge of your seat, read, that culminates in a twisty ending yet sublime ending. I found myself completely engrossed in the characters and the ethical dilemma that partaking in the “murder club” leaves them in. There’s a myriad of characters to follow, keeping the story and relationships dynamic. I highly recommend this to readers of thrillers and mysteries alike. 4.5 stars!
~Review by Cyndi
Author Bio: Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle, was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.