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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Recipient by Audrey J. Cole - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Audrey J. Cole and her new book, “The Recipient”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Audrey and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Recipient
by Audrey J. Cole


GENRE: Thriller



A year after serial killer Michael Rhodes is executed and allowed to donate part of his brain as an organ transplant, Sergeant Wade McKinnon gets called to a murder scene that shares uncanny similarities to those of the late Michael Rhodes. Other similar killings happen around Seattle, and Wade seems to be the only person still alive who knows enough about Michael Rhodes’s murders to be able to replicate them. When evidence found at one of the crime scenes points to Wade as the killer, he races to find the real culprit before it’s too late to clear his own name.

Elle is overjoyed when her husband, Brian, gets a second chance at life when he receives a partial brain transplant after suffering a debilitating stroke at the age of thirty-seven. Their lives seem to return to normal, but Elle notices a disturbing change in Brian’s behavior. When Elle learns that her husband’s brain cell transplant came from Michael Rhodes, she fears that Brian now has the mind of a serial killer.



After stopping to pick up Chinese takeout, Wade parked his car in front of his condo and headed inside his sparsely-furnished home with his laptop tucked securely under his arm. He took off his coat and tossed it onto the back of his recliner before sitting down to eat his Chinese food and dig deeper into the old case files.

He went through the files, comparing Samantha to victim after victim of the Seattle Slasher. They were all young women in their twenties and their crime scene photos looked exactly like the scene he had visited that morning. He couldn’t find anything different about Samantha’s killing to any of Rhodes’s victims. This new copycat killer seemed to have replicated Rhodes’s murders down to the slightest details.

He set his half-eaten takeout container on the floor next to his chair and clicked on Michael Rhodes’s profile. An image of Rhodes’s mug shot taken the day after they’d arrested him filled his screen. Rhodes had just been released from the hospital. He had a bright red cut on his bottom lip, his nose was completely covered by a white splint, and his left eye was swollen shut. His eyelid shone a bluish-purple.

Wade felt no remorse for what he’d done as he stared at Rhodes’s mug shot. He’d left him a lot better than Rhodes had left Cody and his other victims. He’d left him alive.



Wow!  Wow!  Wow!

This book is so creative, intriguing, and entertaining! This book keeps you in suspense and fully engaged to the very last page!

So I missed the sign up for this review tour, but was contacted a few days ago to fill a spot that a blogger who had an emergency and had to pull out.  I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish reading the book and write the review in time.  However, after starting this book I was instantly glued to it and couldn’t put it down!  Who needs three days???  I read it in less than two days lol.  And honestly, I probably would have finished it in one sitting if I didn’t have to go to work lol.

This book is about Michael Rhodes, a serial killer in Seattle, known as the Seattle Slasher, who tormented the city until Sergeant Wade McKinnon and his partner arrested him.  Unfortunately, Wade’s partner was killed during Rhodes’ apprehension.  Six years later Rhodes is executed and it finally seems like justice has been served.  However, only one year later, Wade arrives at a crime scene that has the M.O. and Signature of Rhodes.  How can this be?  Rhodes was put to death.  There’s no way he could have engineered this.  So many questions arise and it’s not long before the evidence starts piling up and pointing to Wade as the Copycat Killer.

Elle is the wife of Brian, who at the young age of thirty-seven suffered from a stroke.  Brian receives a partial brain transplant and which allows him to fully recover and have a second chance at life.  Elle is thrilled to have her husband back, but she starts noticing Brian behaving oddly that she’s not so sure her husband is the one who came back after the stroke.  Elle begins to research her husband’s donor and learns that Rhodes, the Seattle Slasher was her husband’s brain cell donor.  Is it possible that Brian has become Rhodes?  Is Brian the Copycat Killer?  Now fearing the worst, she teams up with Wade to find out who the real Copycat Killer is and if her husband is somehow involved.

This book was such a chilling and intriguing read!  I was totally captivated by the story and couldn’t wait to solve the case and learn the identity of the Copycat Killer.

I love a good mystery, suspense book and this one takes the cake!

I really liked the main characters, Elle and Wade.  They were honest, hardworking, realistic, and relatable.  I felt ties to both and wanted things to workout in each of their lives.

I loved the storyline!  So creative and riveting!  I’ve always been curious about the warrior gene and the Klinefelter Syndrome in serial killers so I was fascinated to see this take on brain cells possibly causing killer fantasies.

The storyline flows and is well written with such detailed scenes.

I used to live in Seattle so I was excited that this book takes place there.  I love reading books that are set in locations that I’m familiar with.  I feel closer to the story and the characters when I feel like I’ve walked in their shoes.

This book is fast paced.  It takes off right from page one and keeps you fully engaged through the last page!

There are some surprises, and lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the very end!  But no spoilers here!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and I would absolutely recommend this book to all mystery and suspense lovers!  You won’t regret reading this book!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a writer of thrillers set in Seattle. Although born and raised in the Seattle area, Audrey now lives with her husband and daughter in Port Stephens, Australia. She maintains a blog for aspiring authors and is currently writing a psychological thriller.







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  1. Audrey ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thanks so much for the fantastic review! I'm glad you enjoyed The Recipient :)

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Awesome review, I can't wait to check this one out myself!

  4. Sounds like it will be a great read!

  5. What is your favorite book. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey. I highly recommend it if you haven't read it :)

  6. Looks like a really good book to read! I'd enter but it gets over within 24 hours!

  7. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!