Review: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol
Release Date: August 29, 2014
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Pages: 245
Source: book provided by the author for review



On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.


Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.


Review: Love and Punishment is an intriguing story that delves into the minds of each of the characters. It starts right off with the kidnapping of the main character Flynn Parker by a psychopathic serial killer.

I found the characters a little blah. They were okay but nothing great.

Flynn seemed to have more control over his emotions than someone who had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted should have been. He was otherwise a likeable character, protecting those he loved from the machinations of a deranged mad man he couldn’t identify.

Anthony was the stereotypical detective – stern yet loving, formidable yet supportive. I loved it when he threw out Italian phrases. I kept my translator handy to make sure I knew what he was saying and the endearments were just that – endearing.

One thing I did not like at all were the character’s thoughts that popped up occasionally. While the story is written from each of character’s point of view, the thoughts just didn’t seem to fit in with the narrative. They stood out as if separate and tended to break my concentration on the story.

Overall it was a good story, an enthralling look at several sides of a serial killer: Flynn, the victim who survived and feared for not only his life but for those he loved; Anthony, Flynn’s lover and the detective sworn to bring in the killer at all costs; Blair, the serial killer himself; and Marshall, the man who loves Blair.




One thought on “Review: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

  1. Susan Mac Nicol says:

    Thanks for the review and for reading Love and Punishment. I’m glad you enjoyed the story of Anthony and Flynn.

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