In the Books featuring The Eyes of the Accused (The Ben Whittle Investigation Series Book 2) by Mark Tilbury

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Eyes of the Accused (The Ben Whittle Investigation Series Book 2) by Mark Tilbury.

Mark

About the Book: Fresh from the horrors of the Revelation Room, private investigators Ben and Maddie are plunged into a disturbing world of terror as they search for missing pregnant girl, Hannah Heath. Drawn to Frank Crowley, an original suspect in Hannah’s disappearance, Maddie is about to learn the true meaning of evil. But all is not what it seems. Crowley is just a small part of something unimaginable. Something so terrible and deranged it defies reason. After Maddie disappears, Ben is left in a desperate race against time to find her and uncover the truth.

My Review: I’ve been looking forward to reading this as soon as I finished the author’s previous book, and I’m happy to say the wait was worth it.

The story is engaging and fast-flowing, meaning the pages practically turn themselves. The author does a phenomenal job at setting the scene by starting with the victim dealing with her abduction and Ben dealing with his father. I thought it was a pretty cool comparison on the two forms of oppression. More than that, the scenes added a contrast in style as the victim’s scenes are dark and foreboding as we’re taken along through her abduction, while Ben’s are humorous in a dark way. I have to admit, I did enjoy watching him and his father go back and forth.

As a fan of the previous book, my favorite character is Maddie. I love her spunk and independent attitude. Now, it’s only fair to say I was warned beforehand that she was going to get into trouble. Still, the author did such a phenomenal job at crafting her story arc that I was shocked and nervous for her throughout.

One thing I think is important to add is how the characters were still dealing with their ordeal in the previous book was refreshing. Too often are the characters largely untouched or taking their problems in stride. In my opinion, doing so kept the story grounded in reality while pushing the limits of his characters. Mark trusts his readers, and for that I’m eternally grateful.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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