The Blue Journal-A Detective Anthony Walker Novel by L.T. Graham

The Blue Journal-A Detective Anthony Walker Novel by L.T. Graham
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (365 pgs)
Other: M/F, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

When one of Randi Conway’s psychotherapy patients is found dead of a gunshot wound, the investigation is turned over to Lieutenant Anthony Walker.

Formerly a New York City cop, Walker now serves on the police force of an affluent community in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He lives among the privileged gentry, where he understands that appearances are often far removed from reality. This certainly proves to be true in the death of Elizabeth Knoebel, when Walker discovers that she had been keeping a private journal entitled “SEXUAL RITES”.

In her diary, Elizabeth was recording the explicit details of her sexual adventures with various men, many of whom were married to the women in her therapy group. Elizabeth was a predator bent on seducing and, in some instances, humiliating these men, obsessed with a perverse mission that Walker believes led to her murder.

As Walker uncovers the secrets of Elizabeth’s memoir, he becomes convinced that her killer is another of Randi Conway’s patients.

But which one?

The Blue Journal starts with a sentence that pulled me immediately into the story and a first chapter that had me wanting to find out who killed Elizabeth Knoebel.

The second chapter seemed unrelated to the first where main character Anthony Walker is called to deal with a teenager who’s up on a roof and about to jump. We’re also introduced to Randi Conway, who will eventually play a big part in the plot as she’s the psychologist who’s been overseeing the group therapy sessions that Elizabeth Knoebel was part of.

Journals that Elizabeth kept soon come to light, they’re sexually explicit and it seems she’s been playing a manipulative game with various men.

The plot is a great one, trying to figure out who killed her and there are some plot twists that had me turning the pages. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t enjoy this book more than I thought I would. I realized it was because some chapters were written from Walker’s point of view and other main characters, but it seemed to switch to a more omniscient point of view in others which made me lose my connection to them and the story. However, if this style of writing is to your liking then I don’t think it will be problem for you. In fact, if you like a whodunit with an erotic undertone then this could be a good pick.

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