Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for Larry Enmon’s edge of your seat thriller, Wormwood. Thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for asking me to review the book.
In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor’s daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional.
The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl’s car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder.
Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood?
As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story…
Wormwood is an excellent debut crime thriller from Larry. Featuring missing young women, a major police investigation and a religious cult, it grabs your attention immediately.
Lead investigators Frank and Rob work together trying to find clues as to the whereabouts of missing woman, Katrina. They make a good team, and Larry has done a great job avoiding cliches sometimes found with police duos. Each has issues they are dealing with, but they are dealt with in original ways.
The cult and their religious beliefs make for interesting and disturbing reading. How people can become so brainwashed and believe in nothing but cult life fascinates me. I would have liked a little more information about Karen and Ruth, and how they became such integral parts of the group.
Katrina is a character with guts and determination. Even though in a terrible situation, she sees how events are changing her attitudes from the spoilt rich girl she once was, to someone who appreciates life and doesn’t give up trying to find a way out of the cult.
The pace of the story is maintained throughout, and builds up to a tension filled ending which had me wondering how the hell is anyone going to survive? I really like the original angles that Larry brought to the genre, and I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for more of his excellent work.
Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction.
For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2 ½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTV’s, it’s the perfect getaway.
He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate. He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX.
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