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Blog tour review and giveaway – Cleansing Evil by Derek Dorr

Blog tour review and giveaway –  Cleansing Evil by Derek Dorr
August 01
19:35 2014

I felt the need for something different and this book certainly delivered! Thrill, mystery, crimes, quite an interesting mix and twist that kept me turning the pages!

Title: Cleansing Evil
Author: Derek Dorr
Series: A Christian Rinaldi Thriller (Book 1)


From the outside, Dr. Christian Rinaldi has the perfect life. He is a good looking psychiatrist with a thriving practice, more than a dozen best-selling novels, a beautiful home and every toy that a man could possibly want. Sure, he also has a demanding boss, needy friends, recurring nightmares from childhood traumas, a nosy housemate, severe trust issues and a bad habit that he can’t seem to shake, but who doesn’t?

Christian’s issues are slightly different than the average person’s. His demanding boss is the head of a 700 year old secret society of serial killers. His friends? All but two are serial killers themselves. His nightmares are of his foster father who forced him to kill. Even his secrets have secrets. The biggest secret isn’t even that he is a killer. His biggest secret is that he doesn’t want to do it anymore. Unfortunately, his boss doesn’t let his employees walk away.

Special Agent Randy Brooks, Christian’s FBI liaison, doesn’t know anything about Christian’s secret life. He just needs Christian to help him solve their current case – a series of brutal but seemingly unrelated murders. Unfortunately for Christian, to get to the bottom of the crimes, he will have to confront his deepest fears.

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My Review

Cleansing Evil it’s a perfect mix between Hannibal and Dexter, mixing the cannibal’s profession with Dexter’s choice of victims. Yet the story is so much more than that, as it has its own special touches and twists that make reading it quite a thrill. The main character, Christian Rinaldi, a practicing Buddhist, is brilliant, accomplished, and very good at his job. And by job I mean both lines of work, the psychiatry bit, and the murdering criminals cause he’s a serial killer bit.

Carefully separating black from white, good from evil, is virtually impossible in this book. Regulators sound like handlers and the serial killers employed to clean up the streets are not really far from trained assassins. They get their orders, they carry them out, the world is somewhat safer at the end of the day.

When he’s not killing for his boss who’s overlord of an organization that encourages serial killers to pick criminals as his victims and when he’s not treating patients, Christian helps out the FBI to catch… well, murderers of course. Add to that dealing with recurring nightmares reminding him of his rough and ugly childhood and have the outlines of what his life looks like.

While helping the FBI investigate a series of seemingly unrelated murders, Christian has to adjust to having a new regulator and deal with the very troublesome fact that he’s extremely tired of killing. He wants out of an organization that does not let people get out that easily. Or at all.

I think I’m going to really enjoy this series and I do hope we don’t have to wait for too long to get the next book! Cleansing Evil is gripping, the intrigue and mystery unfold from the first chapter, and Christian is a character you can’t help relate to, despite him being pretty much a serial killer.

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About the author

Derek lives in Maine with his wife, Janene; 5 year old son, Connor; 3 year old daughter, Mackenzie; and 1 year old daughter, Paige.

When he is not writing, Derek enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and traveling.

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