Title: He Wore a Leather Jacket
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Steve Quinn
After witnessing a brutal murder, it is Jen Whitney’s positive identification that puts the man responsible behind bars. Though she knows he is in a maximum security prison, Jen cannot stop seeing him. He haunts her daily life. His terrifying vision appears on the sidewalk outside her window, in the stairwell just beyond her apartment door, even in the bathroom mirror as she prepares for bed. His consistently looming presence begins to tear at Jen’s already frayed anxieties, and she lashes out in ways she never thought she’d be capable. She is convinced that there is only one thing that will stop the hallucinations and bring her back to some semblance of reality: seeing the murderer where he rightfully belongs.
With the help of David Blanchard, a detective she quickly befriends, Jen sets off on a journey to face evil head-on. What she doesn’t know is that what awaits her beyond those prison walls will leave her forever changed.
He Wore a Leather Jacket is a novel of psychological terror with twists and turns. It explores the inner workings of a madman, as well as those affected by his actions. A story that will leave you glancing over your shoulder no matter the setting or time of day.
While going about her daily chores, Jen witnesses a horrific murder at the grocery store. Though the suspect is quickly apprehended, Jen swears that she sees him everywhere he goes. Is it possible the police have the wrong man in custody? Or is Jen facing a battle of her own?
I have read just about everything that Mr. Ford’s written, and I have to say that I have never found something I didn’t enjoy. That theme stays strong with He Wore a Leather Jacket. Like previous books, the characters feel so real. Jen and her brother, Bill, had a very interesting dynamic full of love, understanding, and deep down, a lot of pain.
I thought the way that Ford described Jen’s slow mental descent was so on-point. The gradual shift from a normal routine to one that was plagued with hallucinations and the overall fear of what she was becoming made it all so real. As someone who struggles with chemical imbalances, every bit of Jen’s actions were accurate.
Needless to say, the end of the book went in a direction I definitely didn’t see coming, and I’m still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor because that was spectacular. I think this may be one of Ford’s best works yet!
Narration was perfect!
This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review.