Spot Thru the Hart


Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
394 Pages
Reviewed on 09/19/2020
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Spot Thru the Hart by Lou Berthelson is a psychological thriller that is dark and enthralling. The central character is John Hart, and when he loses two members of his team in Jonesborough, he is concerned, as is everyone. Their investigation leads to more disturbing crimes, and these crimes involve murders committed in the last four decades. Everything points to a very influential man. John aches for justice but the enemy he has to take down is not an ordinary one.

I enjoy crime stories that start with isolated incidents and build up into a web of disturbing situations and this is one such story. John Hart is a strong and sophisticated character and while he pursues justice for his people, he has deep layers of troubles to deal with. The author writes the characters deftly and each has deep layers that peel off like layers of an onion. I enjoyed the prose, the focused scenes, and the way that points of view are developed. The story is filled with vivid descriptions and imagery. The descriptive prose is enriched by interesting dialogues. One of the things that I enjoyed in the story is the sense of loyalty in John’s group. Spot Thru the Hart is suspenseful and filled with moments that take readers by surprise and the unpredictability of the plot is one of the main ingredients that make the story unique. This is a story for readers who love strong characters and intense conflict. There are twists aplenty and it is hard to guess where the story leads.

Jose Cornelio

Spot Thru the Hart by Lou Berthelson is a psychological thriller that is as disturbing as it is exciting, a story that combines mystery and murder to deliver a powerful punch to readers. Jonesborough, Tennessee is experiencing its darkest moment and two members of the John Hart Group are already taken. The investigation leads to a series of gruesome murders and seventy killings that date back four decades. When John Hart finally discovers the very powerful person behind the murders, he heads out to Crete to destroy the beast with his team. But are they up to the task or are they headed for ultimate annihilation?

At times dark, often disturbing, and gripping, Spot Thru the Hart is a mesmerizing thriller that is suspenseful and filled with mystery. Readers encounter very concrete and compelling characters. John Hart is enmeshed in a conflict that he never asked for and a simple thing only escalates to complex scenarios and situations of danger. This author knows how to grab the attention of the reader. I was pulled in from the start of the story and, as I read on, the mystery became stronger and I couldn’t help wanting to know what happens next to the characters. Lou Berthelson is a great storyteller and I loved the prose and ingenious setting. This is one of those books that had me following and caring for the protagonist and wanting to know what happened to him. A compelling and delightful read.