Harm’s Way by Geoffrey Knight

Harm’s Way by Geoffrey Knight
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Torrid Books
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex, Mild Torture
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Zach Taylor is a successful businessman, but his ascension up the corporate ladder has not been without its fair share of losses, including his five-year-old daughter Isabelle, with whom he has all but lost contact.

But his cold world, his frozen existence, is about to melt into a fiery hell.

For Zach is about to discover that his father was a serial killer.

Can the craving for killing be passed down from parent to child? Does murder flow in his veins? What kind of legacy has been lurking in the shadows of his past, waiting to step out of the darkness and reveal his true nature? And who is the handsome, mysterious stranger Zach now finds himself falling for?

In the abandoned home of his childhood, the haunted visions of his past will once again become terrifyingly real.

And Zach will be forced to meet his fate—whoever he may be.

You can’t run from destiny. Zach Taylor is on top of the world. His successful job in social media is going so well he may be tapped to take over the company, providing he lands their biggest client. Zach is prepared to do whatever it takes to make that happen but he soon wakes up to a nightmare. The client’s son, and Zach’s late night fling, has gone missing and Zach has no idea what happened the night before. Finding out his father’s grisly legacy has Zach doubting his own sanity.

Harm’s Way is a suspenseful and intriguing murder mystery/thriller. The plot centers on Zach as he discovers his past and birth parents. Finding out his father was a serial killer so soon after recent events leave Zach filled with doubt. Could Zach be following his father’s footsteps? Could he have killed someone and forgotten? Zach’s race to find answers fills the pages with nearly non-stop action and twists and turns. There are several surprises and some nice secondary characters that aren’t quite what they seem. The writing is strong, graphic, and engaging. I devoured the book to figure out what would happen and was jolted by the twists.

This isn’t a romance story by any means, although there is graphic m/m sex. Each explicit encounter has a purpose and fits both the theme and characters so nothing is meant for sensationalism. There are relationships of a sort but this isn’t a romance. It’s definitely a murder mystery, who-dunnit type of thriller. There are also some graphic scenes of torture. I found these scenes pretty mild and I’m pretty sensitive and hate almost any kind of depicted or talked about torture. However I found the writing did a very good job handling these scenes and instead I was mostly fascinated by the thoughts of the killer. Once or twice I had wished the story hadn’t gone there but that was a personal preference and it made complete sense to the characters and plot arch. These scenes are necessary to the story and aren’t overly dramatic or gruesome, but they do exist.

Overall Harm’s Way is an intense and gripping thriller. It’s well written with compelling characters and some truly inventive twists. I can easily recommend this to mystery fans that don’t mind some explicit m/m sex scenes or m/m fans that don’t mind a bit of torture thrown into their mystery. It’s a hard one to categorize and may not be for all readers, but I am glad I read it and it’s still on my mind even numerous days later.

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