Approaching Zero


Fiction - Thriller - General
250 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2015
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Author Biography

R.T.Broughton is the nome de plume for children's author Julie Hodgson. She has written over 28 books and Approaching zero is her first novel for adults.

She had traveled extensively all over the world, doing seminars and workshops.
She has worked for several newspapers, and loves being an Indie published, even though she is trad pub too. She enjoys the freedom.

her motto

"always be the very best you can be"

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite

Kathy is not like any vigilante crime fighter you've seen in recent novels. She's different, more deadly in a way that is not physical. She's a psychic. And with the help of another psychic even greater than herself, she'll track down those responsible for crime in her town, specifically the kidnapping and murder of children, and put an end to their terror. R.T. Broughton will pull you into a dark place in Approaching Zero and, just like those kids, you'll hope against all odds that Kathy will save the day. But is it possible when someone starts blocking her much needed powers?

Three words: riveting, unique, and edge of your seat. (Yes, that last one is a few too many.) This is my favorite crime thriller of the year so far! R.T. Broughton has written Kathy with such detail that she avoids the common problem with super powered heroines: being too impersonal. She is somehow realistic, even with her gift, and we enjoy rooting for her even when we think she's in over her head. The setting is also well depicted and really pulls you in. And even the side characters have depth, which can be difficult to achieve. I think this boils down to the fact that Approaching Zero has a darn good author at the helm. I look forward to seeing more from this writer even outside the thriller genre. I think there's natural talent here that would succeed in any setting. Overall, this is a home run for me and I would highly recommend delving into the dark delight that is Approaching Zero.

Jack Magnus

Approaching Zero is a psychological thriller written by R.T. Broughton. Kathy Smith has a list of pedophiles that she keeps with her at all times. Since she was a child, she could tell whenever a child molester was in the vicinity by the extremely foul and repulsive odor that they give off to her. Kathy's a psychic and, besides being able to smell them, she's also privy to their disgusting thoughts. When she was younger, she and her best friend Brady, who is the only one who knows about the odor issue, would spend hours hatching schemes to save the world from pedophiles. Now, however, Brady is in the military and is serving in the Middle East, and Kathy's out of work. She's living in her Nan's old house which is beginning to look like a hoarder's inhabiting it. When Kathy deliberately rams her Nan's bicycle into a pedophile she's been watching, both she and her target end up in the hospital. DCI Spinoza comes to see her there, and he's both intrigued and concerned by her story.

R.T. Broughton's psychological thriller, Approaching Zero, is an enthralling and suspenseful story about how a woman's struggle against evil becomes an obsession that threatens to destroy her life. The author's subject matter is disturbing and dark, and the reader is forced to confront social and mental health issues that have no easy resolutions. Kathy's convinced that she has the absolute right to kill pedophiles and believes, if she works hard enough, that she can get them all, at least those in her immediate neighborhood. As I was reading, I began to feel uneasy with her certitude, especially when she describes the pampered existence of a pedophile in prison. This seemed in direct opposition to everything I knew about that matter as pedophiles are generally targeted by the general prison population. Approaching Zero is absorbing, thought-provoking, and very well written. It's highly recommended.

Charity Tober

Approaching Zero by R.T. Broughton is a suspenseful thriller fiction read. The story follows a psychic named Kathy Smith as she uses her unique abilities in an attempt to take down pedophiles that are preying on young children. Kathy grows sick and tired of watching sadistic criminals go free time and time again, and feels that the justice system is taking too long. The perverts just seem to be slipping through the system cracks and are back out on the streets in no time. Kathy is not going to stand for it any longer and decides to take matters into her own hands. She thinks her psychic gifts could give her the upper hand in the battle against criminals. Her approach is definitely more vigilante style, and she ends up teaming up with another young psychic named Suri ... but things always seem to be more complicated and dangerous than expected.

I really enjoyed Approaching Zero and found it to be an engaging and riveting read. Think ‘Criminal Minds’ meets ‘Dexter’ meets a vigilante movie – all mashed into one cohesive and suspenseful storyline. I thought Kathy was a great heroine; I admired her spunk and drive and thought her mission to protect children from harm was a valid cause. The story is not short on tense suspenseful scenes with murderers, pedophiles and criminal investigations around every corner. And an unexpected (and creepy!) evil makes for a page-turning read! I think fans of mystery, suspense, thriller and crime fiction genres are sure to find a lot to like in Approaching Zero by R.T. Broughton.