[Review] FEAR (A Ball & Chain Thriller, Book 2) (The Ball & Chain Thriller Series) by John W. Mefford

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Her death has haunted him for over thirty years. 

And he’s hell-bent on making someone pay. 

A father goes missing. Not just any father. But a person once worshipped for his world-class talent.

Enter the most unconventional team around: Willow Ball and Cooper Chain.

As a nurse at the community clinic, Willow has seen the painful effects of heroin addiction. But now she’s compelled to help a grieving wife and mother.

Dodging the mob at every turn, Cooper has a plan to bring them down while getting traction on his upstart career. Is he marching into a trap?

With their relationship bordering the “friends with benefits” stage, Willow and Cooper team up to find the missing person. But it’s not that simple. Nothing with them is ever simple.

The hunt corkscrews into an impossible maze of events — their lives threatened by a swarm of twisted deviants and social misfits.

Emotions run rampant, stoking one savage response after another. A spark ignites the hate, but what is the real fuel for this wave of brutal crimes?

Ultimately, can Willow and Cooper save a family from the torment before it’s too late?

Only if they can overcome their own…fear.

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If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles, and the TV show “Castle,” you’ll be enthralled by this gut-busting Ball & Chain thriller.

*Warning: The Ball & Chain Thrillers are full of white-knuckle suspense and sarcastic sass. Proceed with caution.

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Don’t miss MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1)

The torment builds and builds and builds…. 

He can’t deny it. 

But in what form will the pressure erupt? 

Cooper Chain isn’t just down on his luck — he’s almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.

It’s a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who’s survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life.

Through fate — or a temporary misalignment of the stars — Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?

A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?

Attacks ensure, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?

But it’s not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.

And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?

The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.

Will mercy save a life or end many?

Get MERCY now! 

If you’re a fan of Michael Connelly’s Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles, and the TV show “Castle,” then you’ll be sucked into this first, page-turning Ball & Chain thriller.

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About the Author

Amazon #1 Bestselling Author, #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner.

John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force almost thirty years ago, although he never put words on paper until 2009. Once he started writing, however, he couldn’t stop. Many readers ask John from where he gets his ideas. Well, he’s a veteran of the corporate rat-race, a former journalist, and he’s always been an astute observer of human and social behavior. On top of that, he’s really good at embellishing.

A member of International Thriller Writers, John writes novels full of electrifying suspense — the same types of books he has loved to read since before he could shave.

When he’s not writing, he chases his youth on bike or a basketball court, all while making mental
notes of people and societies across the land.


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I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Honestly I took a while to get into this book, the banter between Willow and Cooper was brilliant but something was missing for me. I can’t pin point what though. Having said that Mefford has once again delivered a great story, Willow and Chase are the most unlikely crime-fighting-investigators ever, they unwittingly became PI’s in the last book and in this one they get caught up in looking for a missing person purely by a fluke as it happened to be a former athlete that Cooper was looking to interview.

There is still much to be said about this couple that I hope comes out in future books, I feel there is still a lot of back story to be told. There is also this undeniable attraction still there for them both, and I am interested to see if and how that will develop as Willow is engaged to a wealthy man – though I think there is more to him that meets the eye considering his association with Dr V – who has a noose around Coopers neck.

The Ball & Chain series is vastly different from the other series, but in its own right it is coming to a grower on me, slowly. I love the humour that runs through the book between Willow and Cooper, giving the story a little lightheartedness amongst the seriousness of the case they get wrapped up in.


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6 thoughts on “[Review] FEAR (A Ball & Chain Thriller, Book 2) (The Ball & Chain Thriller Series) by John W. Mefford

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:34 am

    This series sounds so good. I’m putting it on my list as well. Thank you

  • March 21, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    This is a new author to me but wow – he is really prolific and has a long long backlist at Amazon

  • March 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Hopefully the subsequent books do dig into the characters a bit. Great analysis, thanks!

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