John W. Mefford is back with an intriguing new thriller – The Ball & Chain series. Read more about our thoughts on Book 2 of the series!
Disclosure: I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Her death has haunted him for over thirty years.
And he’s hell-bent on making someone pay.
A father goes missing. Not just any father. But a person once worshiped for his world-class talent.
Enter the most unconventional team around: Willow Ball and Cooper Chain.
As a nurse at the community clinic, Willow has seen the painful effects of heroin addiction. But now she’s compelled to help a grieving wife and mother.
Dodging the mob at every turn, Cooper has a plan to bring them down while getting traction on his upstart career. Is he marching into a trap?
With their relationship bordering the “friends with benefits” stage, Willow and Cooper team up to find the missing person. But it’s not that simple. Nothing with them is ever simple.
The hunt corkscrews into an impossible maze of events — their lives threatened by a swarm of twisted deviants and social misfits.
Emotions run rampant, stoking one savage response after another. A spark ignites the hate, but what is the real fuel for this wave of brutal crimes?
Ultimately, can Willow and Cooper save a family from the torment before it’s too late?
Only if they can overcome their own…fear.
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If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles, and the TV show “Castle,” you’ll be enthralled by this gut-busting Ball & Chain thriller.
*Warning: The Ball & Chain Thrillers are full of white-knuckle suspense and sarcastic sass. Proceed with caution.
I am hooked.
I read Book 1 in the Ball & Chain series and felt we were missing things that thankfully, we started to get a little bit of in Book 2.
We continue to see the light-hearted banter with slight romantic jist between Cooper and Willow while we follow them on a crazy journey that the seem to just ‘fall into’.
Cooper and Willow remind me a lot of Alex and Ozzie, but with a history of their relationship and a bit more… future between the two of them.
Unlike our previous friends (police, HALO, private investigator); Cooper and Willow really have no business getting wrapped in such troubling events yet they seem to find themselves in the midst of them all of the time!
This time, we are looking for a missing father. More or less because of Willow’s big heart and because the same missing man is the main character in Cooper’s new article. But, he’s missing.
Unbeknownst to them; there is much more to the story and they fall into some crazy stuff.
The relationship and razzing of Willow and Cooper keep me entertained and intrigued. The tossed in pieces of the whats at the end of the rabbit hole keeps me on the edge of my seat – curious as to how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
I find the Ball & Chain series to be different than before (but again, Cooper and Willow don’t belong in these situations like past characters) yet the stories are just as thrilling and suspenseful as the previous books by John.
I have said it before, I will say it a million times more. John is my favorite author when it comes to thrillers and FEAR did not disappoint.
Don’t miss MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1)
He can’t deny it.
But in what form will the pressure erupt?
Cooper Chain isn’t just down on his luck — he’s almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.
It’s a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who’s survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life.
Through fate — or a temporary misalignment of the stars — Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?
A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?
Attacks ensure, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?
But it’s not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.
And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?
The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.
Will mercy save a life or end many?
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If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles, and the TV show “Castle,” then you’ll be sucked into this first, page-turning Ball & Chain thriller.
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John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn’t stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he’s a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he’s always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he’s really good at embellishing.
A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense — the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.
When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental
notes of people and societies across the land.
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