Book Review: Prey of Desire by JC Gatlin


Front Cover ArtTitle: Prey of Desire
Author: JC Gatlin
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Date Published: February 17, 2014

They said the disappearance of two high school students over 25 years ago was mystery that couldn’t be solved.
No one ever said it shouldn’t be.

Following the abrupt end of a relationship, college student Kimberly Bradford finds comfort in the friendship with her over-the-top neighbor, Mallory. And, Mallory encourages her to get back out there. She would of course if it weren’t for the thrilling little love notes and gifts she’s been receiving .

Kim thinks they’re from her ex-fiancee, not realizing he’s been murdered. Worse, whoever is sending her all the extra attention is not only in her inner-circle, but has a connection to that unsolved murder some 25 years ago. That connection puts her life in danger, and exposes secrets better left buried around her closest friends and family.



Prey of Desire is a psychological thriller that gets your attention from the very beginning.

The story is well written. It’s descriptive but not so much that I was tempted to skip paragraphs as I often do. It’s a good mystery with a lot of twists and turns. The ending was a big surprise!

The characters are each unique in their own way. Most of them are pretty crazy. I felt sorry for the main character, Kim, in a lot of ways but she’s pretty immature and frustrating when it comes to men.

I recommend Prey of Desire to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller.


About the Author:

img_0011JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about mystery writing.

Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine — a small Texas town just outside of Dallas. He moved to Tampa in 1999, and most of his stories feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrop.



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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Prey of Desire by JC Gatlin

  1. JC Gatlin June 25, 2014 / 5:09 am

    Thank you for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed it. So, the murderer was a surprise?


    • sleepygirl2 June 25, 2014 / 8:17 am

      Yes. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong. I like being wrong when it comes to mysteries.


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