Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case by Adam Pepper – Review 4 of 5

Book description: Hank Mondale, a rough-around-the-edges P.I. with a small drinking problem and a large gambling problem, needs a break. With his landlord threatening eviction and his bookie threatening worse, things look bleak. Until real estate mogul Thomas Blake calls with an incredible story: a monster is trying to kill his daughter. Hank figures she’s probably some whacked-out spoiled brat, but desperate, Hank takes the case to track down the supposed monster. It seems that people around Mackenzie Blake are disappearing. It’s obviously no coincidence. Was Hank hired to unwittingly aid a wealthy murderess? Or is there really someone…or some thing, trying to kill Mackenzie Blake?

A symphony plays that only It can hear. But there will be a special performance, just for her.

Review by Rachael: Symphony of Blood, A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case was fast paced and was a mix between a suspense and horror with a supernatural twist. Hank is your common down on his luck private investigator that wants to be a cop but his problems with drinking and excessive gambling prevent that dream from becoming a reality. Hank is having financial problems so he accepts a case from a very wealthy man who wants him to find the monster trying to kill his daughter, Mackenzie who is a spoiled socialite with problems of her own.

There are three parts to this story with the first and last being told from Hanks point of view. Theses parts move quickly and develop the story along as Hank investigates. I was drawn in within the first couple of pages by Hank and his many bad choices. I kept thinking what could he possibly do next to screw up but all his bad choices and the consequences lead Hank to the point where he had to accept the job even when it sounded crazy. The first part of the story ends with a cliffhanger and a surprise point of view change to the monster referred to as “it”. This part of the story was a little slow and seemed to drag. It was great to read from the monster’s point of view and I even felt sympathetic with him towards the end but his understanding of the world was off and he described everything instead of just naming an object. The things he didn’t seem to know contradicted with the types of things that he did know and this made the story drag in places.

Overall I enjoyed the story. Pepper created a wide range of characters that were all likable and intriguing. It was a great read that I would recommend to anyone wanting a change in genre and an original monster story.

Great read and for that I give it 4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  hearts


Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

All Comments

  • interesting , the cover art is creepy and fits what you have described. Do you think it would have been better told from one POV?
    thanks for sharing this

    Kimberly (@kimbacaffeinate) 11/14/2011 6:54 pm Reply
  • Just the cover art alone would drag you in kicking and screaming. I’m adding this one to my list, because even though I’m a wimp, I do enjoy a well-written horror book. Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

    Amberr Meadows 11/14/2011 10:27 am Reply
    • Hi Amberr,

      There is nothing like a good horror story to keep up awake at night (lol).
      I had a good weekend, mostly relaxing. How about yourself?

      ReadingDiva 11/14/2011 10:33 am Reply

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