Chalk Valley

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Chalk Valley

Chalk Valley by DJ Johnstone is set in British Columbia. It opens with Robbie King being offered a job by a stranger she meets one night. Little does she know that it will only be a kind nod from Fate that saves her life that night. The stranger is Phil Lindsay and he holds a dark secret. Soon afterward, human remains start being discovered in the woods, all with one common element: rocks being arranged in a particular way. As the investigation gets underway and the medical examiner examines the bodies, lead investigator Detective John McCarty of the Chalk Valley PD realizes that what they may have is a serial killer on the loose. The suspect list is a long one but with the so many agencies involved, narrowing down the list of suspects is no small matter. Can McCarty and RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver find the killer before he strikes again?

Chalk Valley is Johnstone's first novel and one that I can definitely recommend for fans of the police procedural. Johnstone does an excellent job with plot and character development. This is an engaging read that I had a hard time putting down. This book is a 4-star read.

Book Blurb for Chalk Valley

In a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, a human monster preys on innocent lives. After teenagers discover the body of a missing girl in Chalk Valley, searchers find the remains of two more victims secreted deep in the woods. A serial killer is at work.

Chalk Valley police detective John McCarty is picked to lead a task force to find the murderer. But inexperience, politics and McCarty’s own inner demons quickly overwhelm him and the investigation falters.

Meanwhile, on a dark, lonely highway many miles from Chalk Valley, RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver comes across a van crashed at the side of the road. The driver is anxious to leave the scene. But Kreaver discovers an unconscious teenaged girl in the van. Kreaver feels in his gut that the driver could be the serial killer everyone’s looking for, but his inquiries are ignored. The task force is in well over its head, buried by thousands of leads and potential suspects. His supervisors tell him to back off and let the task force do its job.

Kreaver is in a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous psychopath, a race against time with innocent victims in play. Operating alone and without official sanction, can he stop the Chalk Valley Killer before he claims more lives?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 4.00