Book Review: Chalk Valley by: D.L. Johnstone


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publish Date: July 13, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon

Synopsis: In a remote mountain valley in British Columbia, a human monster preys on innocent lives. After teenagers discover the body of a missing girl in Chalk Valley, searchers find the remains of two more victims secreted deep in the woods. A serial killer is at work.

Chalk Valley police detective John McCarty is picked to lead a task force to find the murderer. But inexperience, politics and McCarty’s own inner demons quickly overwhelm him and the investigation falters.

Meanwhile, on a dark, lonely highway many miles from Chalk Valley, RCMP Sergeant Dave Kreaver comes across a van crashed at the side of the road. The driver is anxious to leave the scene. But Kreaver discovers an unconscious teenaged girl in the van. Kreaver feels in his gut that the driver could be the serial killer everyone’s looking for, but his inquiries are ignored. The task force is in well over its head, buried by thousands of leads and potential suspects. His supervisors tell him to back off and let the task force do its job.

Kreaver is in a deadly cat and mouse game with a murderous psychopath, a race against time with innocent victims in play. Operating alone and without official sanction, can he stop the Chalk Valley Killer before he claims more lives?

Based on extensive research with world class authorities on the workings of modern serial murder investigation, CHALK VALLEY explores the challenges, the terror and the human crises that affects all those caught in the killer’s web – the investigators, the victims and the families.


Review: A serial killer’s work has been discovered in Chalk Valley, BC and the town is crying out for blood and a quick resolution. Yet the task force created to catch this monster is bogged down in political posturing, intra-departmental communication issues, and a man who cannot overcome his demons. Thus the investigation is failing to discover important clues and patterns while the psychopath continues to abduct and kill young girls. When Sergeant Kreaver makes an important discovery, it is pushed under the rug and he’s forced to go rogue and investigate on his own. Can he take down the serial killer without back-up or will he succumb to the deadly game they play?

‘Chalk Valley’ will give you the major creeps! I am a big fan of serial killer movies, TV shows, and books. ‘Chalk Valley’ does not disappoint! The author has created beautifully flawed characters who are very believable. We are introduced to the killer in the beginning, but we have to watch painful time tick away as the police are unable to see the connections and put them together to discover the killer’s identity. Mr. Johnstone is devilishly creative and has done extensive research to create the terrifyingly macabre and realistic story. Definitely keep the lights on when reading ‘Chalk Valley’!!

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