Four Minutes

Fiction - Thriller - General
370 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2016
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Michigan, J. C. Laird attended college in California before embarking on a thirty-year career in law enforcement. He is now retired and living in Florida.

Mr. Laird is a published writer and author, winner of the "Silver Quill Society Best Short Fiction 2011", and the Storyteller Magazine's "Writing on Walls" competition. He was also awarded second place in the "Euple Riney Memorial Award," and featured in the print edition of "Writing on Walls Anthology, 2012". He is currently a group moderator in the international online writing community,

A master story teller, his tales encompass numerous genres, ranging from spirituality to horror, from romance to violence and death. He leans towards the unexpected; the reader can never be sure where his stories are going--or how they'll end. Buckle up, hunker down and get ready for a ride....

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Four Minutes by John C. Laird is a story of murder. A serial killer has gone undetected for ten years, murdering no less than 26 people in six Western states. Norman Frederick Bartholomew has a belief that after a person dies, their souls love for a further four minutes. It is these four minutes that he concentrates on when he desecrates their bodies. Norman has remained undetected until now, until his latest victim. She has a twin sister and, although they are far apart, her twin “lives” the final four minutes through a connection that only twins can have. Now she wants blood – Norman’s blood - and so begins the journey of Ryan Sanders, a journey that will lead her to the door of a despicable killer, and nothing is going to get in her way. Jack Kroner is a sergeant who has been with the police for 20 years. He is also a close friend of Ryan’s and, in love with her, he vows to protect her, even if it costs him his career, even his life.

Four Minutes by John C. Laird is a thrilling read. The opener is carefully designed to grab your attention and take you through the rest of the story, a wild roller coaster ride that threatens to derail you at every turn, but hang in there. This is a fast paced read and it doesn’t let up for one minute. The plot is amazing and quite original, which makes for a really refreshing change. The characters are developed so well that you feel as though you would know them instantly if you met them on the street. There is plenty of action here, a little romance, and a lot of suspense and terror; all the ingredients for a top class book. The connection between twins is a fascinating one and Mr. Laird explores it in its most horrific way in this story – kind of makes me glad I don’t have one! I think this would make a terrific TV movie, and ideal for anyone who wants a gripping read, but it's not for the faint-hearted!