Happy 4th of July

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday: Holiday Edition.

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! Last year, I wrote a blog post about the risk our founding fathers took in declaring and fighting for independence from Great Britain. If you missed that post and would like to read it, here’s the link.

Most of you probably are doing fun stuff like barbecuing, frying fish, or (safely) popping fireworks. For all of you who are out having fun, I wish you a safe and happy day.

For my non-American friends (and for those Americans like me who are stuck at home alone), I’ve got something to share that might make today a little less boring.

I just finished reading The Serial Killer’s Wife by Robert Swartwood, so I’m going to do a short review on it.

Read the summary: (from Amazon)

Five years ago Elizabeth Piccioni’s husband was arrested for being a serial killer. Her life suddenly turned upside down, she did what she thought was best for her newborn baby: she took her son and ran away to start a new life.

Now, living in a quiet part of the Midwest with a new identity, Elizabeth is ready to start over. But one day she receives a phone call from a person calling himself Cain. Cain somehow knows about her past life. He has abducted her son, and if Elizabeth wants to save him she must retrieve her husband’s trophies — the fingers he cut off each of his victims.

With a deadline of one hundred hours, Elizabeth has no choice but to return to the life she once fled, where she will soon realize that everything she thought she knew is a lie, and what’s more shocking than Cain’s identity is the truth about her husband.

The stated genre of the book is thriller. Thriller is a funny genre for me. I love the high stakes and fast pacing, but the commonly used themes of the genre don’t appeal to me.

The Serial Killer’s Wife was different. It is about one woman’s struggle to save her child’s life. The stakes, while very high, are personal. By that, I mean the outcome will only affect a few people.

This book was hard to put down. Once the trouble starts, the action moves pretty fast. It’s one disaster after another. Characters I liked got killed, and I didn’t know who was trustworthy. (In the end, I was wrong.)

Best I can tell, The Serial Killer’s Wife is independently published. Robert Swartwood has done a professional job. The novel is admirably well edited. The formatting seemed mistake free, and the book has a slick cover designed by Jeroen ten Berge.

In short, I am glad I bought this book and read it. I enjoyed Robert Swartwood’s writing style and plan to try more of his books in the future.

Here are the buying links:



Barnes and Noble

Visit Robert Swartwood’s webpage: http://www.robertswartwood.com/

Now that I’ve finished The Serial Killer’s Wife, I am reading Blood Warrior by HD Gordon, a YA Urban Fantasy. It’s a fun change from the thriller genre.

Floor is open. What are all of you doing this fabulous Wednesday?

17 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July

  1. I am so with you about thrillers. give me a story where the stakes are personal and high and I’m there. I’m going to take a look at this one – seems fascinating. already I’m asking “why don’t the police have his trophies?”

    happy 4th Catie

    • I won’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin that aspect of the novel. If you do read the book, let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 😀

    • It is unique idea. The execution of it was very well done. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi hon, and happy 4th! The book sounds awesome; I might just have to pick that one up. I like John Sandford’s Prey books – they’re all thrillers, and the ones I read were small town, local ones with one or two cops against the bad guy. I raced through his books (read at my Dad’s house) and they sent shivers down my spine. If you haven’t tried him, I highly recommend!

    • I know the name John Sandford, but I am pretty sure I have not read his books. I will have to try one of them. I love it when there’s a really good villain, and that villain is one person’s personal hell. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. So, as usual, I’d like you to rank it for me on the blood & gore scale. The plot sounds like something I’d really enjoy, but I’m always hesitant about books like this, especially one with “serial killer” in the title. :) Thanks for the review!

    Meanwhile, I’m reading both DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos and RUN by Patti Larsen. The former is a string of lighthearted stories from childhood, and the latter is a fast-paced YA thriller.

    • Blood and Gore scale: As I recall, the gore was more implied than anything else. But you will cringe at the thought of one of the beginning sequences. Now, there are murders throughout the book, but I didn’t think any of them were *that* bad.

      I had never heard of the Jack Gantos book. However, Patti Larsen is one of my recent discoveries. She writes some good, exciting YAs, and she’s extremely prolific. I am drawn both to Patti and her books because of both her professionalism as an indie author and her willingness to help other indie authors.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation, Catie. I’ve added it to my to be read list on Goodreads. Sounds like one I would enjoy. Happy 4th!

    • Let me know what you think of the book after you read it. You have a great 4th, too. 😀

  5. on ,
    August McLaughlin said:

    Great post, Catie. I’m enjoying a low-key holiday, which will probably end with movies at home and a firework or two. Hope yours rocks!

    • Thanks for the well wishes, August. Hope you enjoy the movie and the fireworks. Thanks for stopping by.

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    robert said:

    Hi Catie,

    Thanks so much for checking out TSKW — and for the nice review! Very kind of you.

    As an aside: yes, the book is independently published. Last year, after my agent told me how much he thought he could sell it for, I decided to try it on my own instead and have been very pleased with the results. I know many are hesitant about the new digital marketplace, but so far I’m enjoying it :-)

    Thanks again!


    • Robert, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I did very much enjoy TSKW. I have downloaded the sample of The Calling to check out after I finish my current read in progress.

      You have done an admirable job of indie publishing your novel. The editing was top-notch, and the cover was slick and professional. I plan to begin indie publishing my work near the end of this year, and authors like you are the ones I want to emulate.

      Best of luck on your endeavors.