16 February, 2018

Necessities by Boyd Taylor - [Book Review]


Necessities by Boyd Taylor (Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series)

Book Details:



Category: Adult Fiction, 225 pages

Genre: Suspense Crime Fiction

Publisher: Katherine Brown Press

Release date: December 5, 2017

Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF or gifted Kindle copy)

Will send print books to: USA

Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017

Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is a murder and elusions to sex. Some mild cursing.)



Book Description:



Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.


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My Review:


Necessities is a crime thriller. This is 4th in the series of Donnie thrillers written by Boyd Taylor. Even though this book is a part of the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book. The story is divided into 3 parts but most of the story is in the first part which ends with a murder in unknown circumstances. The remaining parts are about the investigation and trial of the case.

The first part is majorly about David Lewis who is a war hero who marries Cory, the daughter of a Newspaper business magnet Kingston Lehrer. His life changes for good after that until the point he is stuck in a murder trial. Donnie Ray defends his case as an attorney. The murder trial, investigation details, courtroom drama and the suspense element make the remaining story interesting. 

While reading part 1 itself I felt there is something wrong about the sudden marriage and the rules for the inheritance. We know the reason behind this only at the end of the book. While part 1 is slightly boring and seems prolonged, other parts pick up the pace. An even pace might have made it a better read and I felt, editing might have been better. 

Overall, it is a good read for mystery lovers and readers who love courtroom dramas. 


My Rating: 3.5/5

PS: I have received this book from iread book tours and this is my honest opinion on the book.

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Meet the Author:


BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.



Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.



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