From internationally bestselling authors James Murray and Darren Wearmouth comes The Stowaway, a suspenseful masterpiece that leaves a cruise ship stranded at sea with a serial killer hiding aboard...
Two years ago, Maria Fontana was the deciding vote on a jury that set alleged serial killer Wyatt Butler free. Now, she and her family are enjoying vacation on a two weeklong transatlantic cruise. But when passengers are discovered brutally murdered in a similar way to Butler's ritualistic MO, the ship goes on lockdown. Maria, one of only twelve people in the world with intimate knowledge of the case, faces a perilous ticking clock. Is it a copycat? Or is she trapped on board with the bloodthirsty maniac she chose to set free?
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Alleged child serial killer, Wyatt Butler, is on trial for his life. As he sat and sneered with the smug look on his face taunting the jurors to dare them to find him guilty, twelve jurors deliberated and decided it couldn’t collectively come up with a decision. But as fate would have it, one juror made an extreme move. Today was Butler’s lucky day. He was found innocent by one juror—meet Maria Fontana, the infamous juror and psychologist professor with Columbia University.
After the verdict was read, the public went mad. All the evidence pointed in Butler’s direction, but Maria could not convict based on circumstantial information. She went with her gut and the public wanted to rip it out. That is, after she admitted she was the juror who made the decision to cut the child murderer free. The parents of those victims hated Maria. She and several other jurors were getting death threats as well as their families. It was a hellish nightmare to say the least. Maria made the brave decision to advise the public that she was in fact the juror who voted in favor of Butler’s innocence.
After everything was said and done, Maria and her family needed to get away from the media and all the chaos and they decided what their family needed was a great family vacation. So, Maria and her fiancé, Steve, and her two kids boarded a transatlantic cruise to unwind and relax themselves. They weren’t on the ship a good twenty-four hours before something very weird was discovered by one of the passengers on the ship. The smell coming from her adjoining room was too much to bear. She alerted the ship’s crew and complained to her husband that there was something rotten seeping in her nose cavity and she couldn’t take it any longer.
When maintenance finally stopped up, the screams that exited the passenger’s mouth sounded like someone from a horror film. What they discovered was a severed head along with a note. Certainly, a decapitated head didn’t write the note. When Maria got wind of this news, it sent chills through her body. She was all too familiar with that MO. She saw it up close and personal in the trial of Wyatt Butler. And that, readers, is where this nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat read begins to take shape.
I could not get enough of this story. I love a good horror story and even though it’s not in October, it didn’t matter. I was so here for it. Yassss, this is the type of action I’m talking about! What I most enjoyed about this story is that you think the storyline is going in one direction and then the authors throw these red herrings at you and you’re not sure if you’re on the right track or not? This story got right to the point and like I said, I was so here for it! Using my skills to dissect a good storyline, I was right about quite a few things, but there were some twists in here that threw me way off and I loved it! When an author can fool me, I got to give them props. This was a quick read and one that you will not want to put down. I’m giving you fair warning though. There are some graphic and gruesome scenes in this book. If you’re not one who likes to read gore and some violence, you’ve been warned. It isn’t overly excessive, but there were some gross things that I know many readers complain in their reviews about. I love this type of stuff, but not every reader has the stomach for it.
At the end of the day, the Sexy Nerd gives The Stowaway five more bodies on board the ship. If you’re looking for that scary read for your October reads, you’ve most definitely got to add this one to your list. This book never let up. The action just kept on coming atcha, and it was awesome. The Stowaway goes on sale, Tues., September 21, 2021, at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Until next time, you already know what to do!
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