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Initiated to Kill by Sharlene Almond

2 Jun



Two men, two different generations, both initiated into a powerful organisation that throughout history has sought control and use their power for destruction.
Two men leaving behind a wake of murder, revenge and vengeance. Two men that will stop at nothing, playing a game that only they know the rules.

One man roams the dark London streets for his victims, preying on women of the night. While the other stalks his victims in Seville, Spain; knowing that only he could uncover the true motives of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers – Jack the Ripper.



                    4.5 stars

A well written, thought provoking mystery. The author does a great job in making the scenes palpable to the reader. Enticing us to wonder who is behind the killings at every step and what secret does Annabella holds, why is she deaf? From one page to the next she keeps us guessing, really putting us through our paces.
The chapters are short, hence you’ll be devouring one after the other rapidly. The surroundings are described beautifully and characters described impeccably.
The only thing that I personally disliked, was that at the beginning I felt very confused by the sudden POV change but as you read on you begin to catch on to what’s going on.
This book would be great for people who enjoy a good mystery and will permit the author to take you on a very imaginative story. If you give it time and read on, you will come to fully appreciate what the author wants to put across.

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                Author Interview


It’s great to meet you Sharlene!
Let’s begin this Q&A on an easy note.

Q- Would you tell us a bit about yourself?

A- Of course! I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs. Although I have had training in Beauty and Spa therapy, editing, journalism, animal behavior and photograpy, criminology and counseling, my main interest lies in writing novels which allows me to explore and learn about other eras and countries, creating characters that have deep rooted flaws, but uses those to achieve the end goal. My inspiration for novels came by accident, when finishing writing
my first novel and starting to edit it, I stumbled across a conspiracy theory, in which some believed the Freemasons were involved in the Jack the Ripper
murders. From there, the historical aspect took shape, continuing throughout all the novels I write. I hope that each novel I write doesn’t necessarily cause a person to believe in the conspiracy or myth, but challenges what they really
believe could be possible. To everyone reads my books, I hope they can
transport themselves back in time, learn more about the world around them, and maybe even question certain things they believe in.

Q- I read that you self-published first, then found a publisher. Why did you self-publish? And what do you like about having a real publisher?

A- I self-published to enable me to contact reviewers to review my books, while at the same time contacting publishers. Quick-starting the process meant I could get a fair idea of what readers wanted through reviews, and publishers could get a look to see what readers liked etc.

The best thing about having a publisher is that they cover all the editing, book cover work etc, without me having to pay out for things to get done. I have also noticed that quite a few book reviewers won’t review self-published authors, or some think because a person self-published that the book won’t be very good.

Admittedly, I do think my novel is much better done by a professional editor.

Q- I’ve read that you’ve studied body-language, how do you think that feeds into your writing? Can you offer other writers any tips?

A- My main character, Annabella Cordova is deaf, so the main way she communicates is through body language and facial expressions. Although I did plenty of research about this, actually studying this topic enabled me to give the character a more authentic feel to what she does.

Personally, in any good thriller/mystery book, adding an element of interpreting body language makes it a great read. Everyone can benefit from understanding body language.

And because I go into detail about this aspect, it makes it a bit different than other thrillers that might just skim over the topic.

Q- Given that you write a blend of historical and present day plots, set in different locations, do you think body language changes with time and place, or is it truly a universal language?

Body language is completely universal. Humans are incapable of not communicating. Whether it be someone displaying obvious signs of anxiety or anger, to someone just sitting completely still and not speaking.

Everything we do communicates to others, and because a lot of our body language is subconscious, we also cannot control some of what we put across. In that millisecond, our true feelings are exposed, and even the most accomplished liar cannot control that.
So, whether it be historical or present day, our unconscious brain sends signals that cause an automatic reaction, before the conscious kicks in.
The only thing I would say, is that people are becoming more accomplished liars; whether it be through psychopathic tendencies or pathological liars, people are learning more to mask their inner feelings. But if someone is trained and observant, no one can truly hide everything…

Q- Finally, the obvious question, please can you tell me where you and your books can be found on the internet.

A- I’m on a variety of social media platforms, which I am happy to connect with people that want to learn more about me and my books:


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Sharlene thank you so much for the interview.

My pleasure!

Review by Maria 💋

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