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Review: So Close the Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison

Submitted by on March 31, 2011 – 4:00 am4 Comments

Post Written by Doll Mona Leigh

Author: J.T. Ellison
Book: So Close the Hand of Death
Release: Febuary 15, 2011
Series: Taylor Jackson 6
Source: Mira
Purchase: – Book Depository


It’s a hideous echo of a violent past. Across America, murders are being committed with all the twisted hallmarks of the Boston Strangler, the Zodiac Killer and Son of Sam. The media frenzy explodes and Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson knows instantly that The Pretender is back…and he’s got helpers.

As The Pretender’s disciples perpetrate their sick homages—stretching police and the FBI dangerously thin—Taylor tries desperately to prepare for their inevitable showdown. And she must do it alone. To be close to her is to be in mortal danger, and she won’t risk losing anyone she loves. But the isolation, the self-doubt and the rising body count are taking their toll—she’s beside herself and ready to snap.

The brilliant psychopath who both adores and despises her is drawing close. Close enough to touch…

You may remember when I reviewed Ellison’s The Immortals back in October. Well, this is the next installment in the Taylor Jackson series and it’s just as spine tingling.

Taylor is still a target for The Pretender, a serial killer who’s obsessed with her. She’s still stressed out after having killed a teenage murderer and she knows she’s not as sharp and observant as she needs to be. But there’s just so much going on in her life that it’s hard to take it all in, much less make sense of it.

When mass murders take place across the U.S. – in trails leading straight to Nashville – Taylor learns they are somehow linked to The Pretender. She just doesn’t know how they relate to her, or when or how he will strike. What’s worse is discovering he’s been watching her closely for a long time and knows things about her personal life that endanger everyone she loves.

J.T Ellison has hit another homerun with So Close the Hand of Death. She’s taken the shocking subject of serial killers, put her own twisted angle on it, and given us a taut thriller with equally taut underlying personal currents.

If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, don’t worry, each book can stand on its own merits. But if you choose to go back and read from the beginning, it will certainly enrich the experience as well as provide hours of lovely, nail-biting tension. This is definitely a must read for all mystery/thriller aficionados.

Mona's first grade teacher, Mrs. Stanford, gifted her with the love of reading. For that, she'll always live in her heart. But reading took over Mona's life, eclipsing everything but playing sports, and has continued to be a huge part of her life. Although she has always written poetry and stories for her self, last year she decided to try her hand at writing fiction. She is currently editing her first urban fantasy and hopes to have it ready for the agent by summer's end. Besides reading, Mona loves speed in the form of fast cars. The faster, the better! In her next life, she plans to drive race cars (or whatever happens to be their replacement in the future) all while reading and writing. She has also taken up rune reading, and find it to be disturbingly accurate and exciting.
Doll Mona Leigh


  • Day says:

    Can't wait to read this! I really like this series. It's fast paced and great thrillers! I am so glad you intoduced me to the author!

    Thanks Mona!

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  • Mona says:

    Glad I could help.
    She's really an incredible writer.

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  • [...] 5. So Close The Hand Of Death by J.T Ellison – This was the sixth book in Ellison’s Taylor Jackson series and it was unputdownable! Nashville homicide Detective, Taylor Jackson has been hunting the same sadistic serial killer for years, but he has managed to keep one step ahead of her efforts while at the same time stalking her and attacking those closest to her with savage execution. But, it all comes to a head in SO CLOSE THE HAND OF DEATH and had me biting my nails all the way through! (Read our review of So Close The Hand Of Death) [...]

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