Slaughtered by K.A. Lugo

Slaughtered by K.A. Lugo
Jack Slaughter Thrillers: #1
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (223 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

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Fallen homicide detective, Jack Slaughter, closed the door on the home where his perfect family had been brutally snatched from him. Moving across the city, he works as a private investigator to fund his own investigation into what happened to his family—who killed his little girl, Zoë, and where is his wife, Leah?

Every three month for the last three years, Jack receives a simple text telling him where he can find his missing wife. There’s a body at each location, but none of them are Leah.

Jack hates missing person’s cases, but they’re his bread and butter. He only takes the case to find Carl Boyd’s missing wife because the details of her disappearance closely match Leah’s. He hopes by finding Bonnie Boyd, he’ll find his own wife.

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Following the leads in the Bonnie Boyd case, Jack discovers that for the last three years, someone has been killing women all over the city, a fact Jack’s ex-partner and still best friend, Ray Navarro, has neglected to tell him. The city has a serial killer and officials haven’t been able to find a single lead on the person they’ve dubbed The Butcher.

Could Bonnie Boyd’s disappearance be linked to The Butcher? More important, was Leah one of The Butcher’s victims? And could he have gone so far as to murder a child?

With every clue Jack weaves together, the more his own life unravels.

Meet ex-homicide detective Jack Slaughter who finds himself embroiled in a terrifying and deeply personal hunt for a gruesome lady killer.

Jack is a well developed character that totally gave me a closeness that made me feel compassion for his story, his sadness, his pain. Jack’s daughter, Zoe and his dog, Trax were killed and his wife is missing. Jack’s life has been in a downhill spiral. He left his home and his job as a well known and loved homicide detective. Lately he has been tormented by a killer who has been sending him text messages that contain the locations of women who have been killed. While dealing with all of this he has taken up doing P.I. work. Carl Boyd was given Jack’s name to help investigate his wife Bonnie’s disappearance. Let me warn you. You are in for a suspenseful treat! The author delivered three suspenseful story lines masterfully.

This is a good opener to the Jack Slaughter Thrillers. I enjoyed the beautiful description of the California scenery. The detailed description of the city and sights gave the story a vivid illustration for me. I love that the author’s description wasn’t so wordy or so detailed as to cause the story to drag. I admired Jack’s resilience and drive. His story was relayed in detail where it seems to have no resolution to his spiral of depression but he steps outside of his own pain to assist in finding a local serial killer and solving the case of missing Bonnie Boyd.

The case of the serial killer is solved. Jealousy, a sick sense of self pleasure drives the killer but with Jack on the case the murders didn’t go unsolved. The case of missing Bonnie Boyd I wasn’t sure who was behind her absence. Does Bonnie’s disappearance have anything to do with the serial killer on the lose? Mr. Boyd is looking pretty guilty to me. Did he have something to do with his wife’s disappearance? The spouse is always the first suspect – right? You will get the answers to all of your questions except for Jack’s personal case. Yes the author leaves us with a cliffhanger on this one but a story such as Jack’s can’t be wrapped up in one book. I am looking forward to reading more about him!

A warning to reader, the book does contain crude language and some of the murder scenes may be unsuitable for some. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommended!


  1. Thank you so much. I’m humbled by your words!

  2. Noreen Wainwright says

    Well worth reviewing


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