Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Necessities by Boyd Taylor (Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series) Review and Giveaway

Necessities is the fourth book in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series and I sure hope the author is writing another instalment. I liked all four books in this series and thought this one was quite brilliant. Check out my review and enter the giveaway to win a copy of Necessities.

Book Details:

Category: Adult Fiction, 225 pages
Genre: Suspense Crime Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: December 5, 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF or gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books to: USA
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is a murder and elusions to sex. Some mild cursing.)

Book Description:

Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Necessities is the fourth book in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series, and I sure hope the author is writing another instalment. I liked all four books in this series and thought this one was quite brilliant.  It's a stand-alone novel and can be read without having read the first three books, but as with the previous books I liked that I had background knowledge of Donnie and his family.

Necessities was different from the first three books because Donnie Ray Cuinn only makes an appearance about half-way through the book. At first I wasn't sure if I liked this (Donnie is, after all, the main character--and my favorite--in the series) but once I finished the book, I understood why the author wrote the story the way he did. The first half is told in the first person POV of David Lewis, a character we briefly meet in The Monkey House. He is a war hero, a veteran who lost both his legs in Iraq. He is a journalist who is married to a gorgeous heiress. We get close and personal with him. Even if we don't think we do.

When David Lewis finds himself on trial for murder he wants small-town lawyer Donnie to represent him and not some big-shot lawyer he can very well afford. In the second part of the book, the POV shifts to third person. This tactic is brilliant and you only realize this as a reader once you finish reading the book. As Donnie creates his case defending Lewis, we begin to unravel just how much we know and do not know of Lewis and his family. The suspense builds beautifully especially with the courtroom scenes. As is his trademark, the author includes twists and turns that leave the reader reeling because just when you thought you had it figured out, well, you don't.

I thought about this book for a long time after I finished reading it, about how brilliant it really was because the author had me all along right from the very beginning. I was waiting for Donnie to show up and when he does, his case is built on the story of David Lewis as told from Lewis' perspective. I won't say more, except that I can't wait to read more about Donnie and his life adventures. He still hasn't gotten over his wife's death even if several women have tried to establish a long-term relationship with him.

Regarding content, there are f-words and religious profanity but fewer than his first three books. The sex scenes are not explicit.

With a brilliant plot, sly characters, and witty dialogue, this intelligent suspense crime fiction will take you for a good ride. An excellent read that is over too quickly leaving you shaking your head and wanting more.

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Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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1 comment :

  1. Thanks very much for your review. And more of Donnie IS coming.


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