Killer Within ~ An Allison McNeil Thriller

  • KWa lighterAuthor: Jeff Gunhus
  • Expected Publication: April 2014 by Seven Guns Press
  • Category: Crime/Thriller
  • four-half-stars

I was given an ARC in return for an honest review

Thirteen years ago Arnie Milhouse became a murderer. An incident at Rocco’s Convenience store turned from wanting to help the young clerk into something altogether much darker and dangerous. Now he has multiple murders under his belt and the FBI are asking questions. It’s time for Arnie to disappear… but before he goes he can’t resist the thought of the perfect final victim.

Allison McNeil is plagued by demons from her past and she’s back in Annapolis where the nightmare that haunts her began. There are issues she needs to face and resolve in order to move on with the rest of her life but she is not prepared for the evil that is Arnie Milhouse and gets much more than she bargained for.


Arnie Milhouse has a horrific and crazy, in the worst sense of the word, past. He’s like the proverbial two sides of the same coin. On the surface a widower and devoted father, caring for his son but underneath lurks an unstable, sinister and evil core. Arnie has avoided being caught up to now but Allison is a very determined woman with her own agenda. When it comes down to the final battle there can only be one survivor.

Allison has secrets and old traumas in her past she hasn’t fully come to terms with and feels totally let down by the system. Snippets and clues slide into the story, skilfully developing the characters and building the tension which explodes in a thrilling conclusion.

Very good action and pacing as the story unfolds with exciting and hair-raising moments. Kept me guessing and there were some unexpected curves thrown in to add to the overall drama. I like Allison and enjoyed the story very much, hope to read more of her adventures in the future.

Killer Within may be purchased Amazon UK and Amazon US

Killer Within ~ April Release

The book

TheKillerWithinDue for release 1st April
Arnie Milhouse is a murderer. A millionaire with dozens of kills in his past and no one the wiser. But when his name surfaces in connection with the death of a DC call girl, Arnie knows it’s only a matter of time before the FBI puts the pieces together. As he makes plans to disappear and leave his life in Annapolis behind forever, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman who takes an interest in him. The perfect final victim. He can’t believe his luck.

Only luck has nothing to do with it.

Allison McNeil has returned to Annapolis, a city that she promised herself she would never come back to, not while the cruel memories of her time at the United States Naval Academy still haunt her. But she’s willing to do just about anything to get close to Arnie, even if it means having to face down the demons of her past. Her plans work and soon she and Arnie find themselves locked in a dangerous dance of seduction and betrayal.

But Arnie isn’t the only one who carries a secret and the dark truth about Allison McNeil makes a final confrontation between them inevitable. Neither of them know it but they’re on a collision course that only one of them will survive.

The author

963702Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.