Carnal Acts by Sam Alexander


Publisher: Arcadia Books
Published: June 2014
Page count: 423
Format: Paperback

Carnal Acts was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

When I first read the blurb on the back of Carnal Acts I was a little bit intimidated. It sounded a lot heavier than any crime fiction I've read before. I've read plenty of American crime fiction in the past but not much British so I was eager to give this a go and I was bloody glad I did!

Carnal Acts starts with a bang and never lets up. The reader is introduced to a grimy brothel  where a young man is tortured and killed. At first I thought it was going to be some sort of torture porn story but this I couldn't have been more wrong.

Carnal Acts is crafted from memorable characters and story lines that run so deep that you wont be able to tear your eyes from the page. My copy is almost battered because I took it everywhere with me. I stole every minute I could  to read it.

Both Joni and Heck have pasts that they are trying to come to terms with. Scars both emotional and physical. They have come together to bring down the Albanian gangs that are tearing Durham apart. The dangers run deeper than they both ever expected and lead to them both having to risk they're lives again.

Joni risks her safety over and over to try and help the young woman who escaped the brothel. Suzanna has been completely isolated from the world and is struggling to survive in a world that is just as cruel outside the brothel. Joni connects with Suzanna even without really knowing her. As a woman who has ignored African American history she begins to realise that slavery is still problem even in this modern world. In fact it's more than a problem, it's become a highly profitable business.

I made the mistake of writing some of the characters off as mere fillers. Every character has a place in this intricately woven story line. Everyone is a potential suspect.  The characters I thought mean't nothing ending up being some of the most influential and evoked the most emotion.

If your looking for a crime fiction that you can really get your teeth into then Carnal Acts is a must. It is by far the best crime fiction I've read this year.

Whoever Sam Alexander is I hope he continues writing and that we hear more from Joni and Heck in the future.


 ★  ★ ★ ★ ★

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