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NOTE: This book was previously published by Five Star Publishing with a different cover. The electronic rights have reverted to the author and it has been re-released with a new cover. Detectives Brandon Berger and Dawn Luke are investigating a mysterious death that leads to the doorsteps of the Magnolia Faith Church. Tight-lipped parishioners and lack of evidence stop th NOTE: This book was previously published by Five Star Publishing with a different cover. The electronic rights have reverted to the author and it has been re-released with a new cover. Detectives Brandon Berger and Dawn Luke are investigating a mysterious death that leads to the doorsteps of the Magnolia Faith Church. Tight-lipped parishioners and lack of evidence stop this case in its tracks. Further north, William Chandler takes his wife and their infant daughter on a camping trip to the Skybald National Forest. After a series of strange events, William is arrested for murder. He swears he’s innocent, but the evidence is so damning, even his wife thinks he’s guilty. The Magnolia Faith Church might be the key to proving William’s innocence, but making the 251-mile connection could be deadly. Told from two points of view, HOLLOW CRIB is fast-paced and suspenseful, taking readers down separate paths toward a single unexpected and explosive conclusion.


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NOTE: This book was previously published by Five Star Publishing with a different cover. The electronic rights have reverted to the author and it has been re-released with a new cover. Detectives Brandon Berger and Dawn Luke are investigating a mysterious death that leads to the doorsteps of the Magnolia Faith Church. Tight-lipped parishioners and lack of evidence stop th NOTE: This book was previously published by Five Star Publishing with a different cover. The electronic rights have reverted to the author and it has been re-released with a new cover. Detectives Brandon Berger and Dawn Luke are investigating a mysterious death that leads to the doorsteps of the Magnolia Faith Church. Tight-lipped parishioners and lack of evidence stop this case in its tracks. Further north, William Chandler takes his wife and their infant daughter on a camping trip to the Skybald National Forest. After a series of strange events, William is arrested for murder. He swears he’s innocent, but the evidence is so damning, even his wife thinks he’s guilty. The Magnolia Faith Church might be the key to proving William’s innocence, but making the 251-mile connection could be deadly. Told from two points of view, HOLLOW CRIB is fast-paced and suspenseful, taking readers down separate paths toward a single unexpected and explosive conclusion.

30 review for Hollow Crib

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.R.

    In this first in a series, the reader is presented with storylines involving two different marriages--one a police detective trying desperately to keep an anniversary promise to his wife, and the other a man taking his wife and infant daughter on vacation to the very spot where he watched his father die in a violent accident 22 years earlier. As might be expected, Detective Brandon Berger is prevented from keeping his promise to his spouse. A mysterious death and duty derail his plans and put his In this first in a series, the reader is presented with storylines involving two different marriages--one a police detective trying desperately to keep an anniversary promise to his wife, and the other a man taking his wife and infant daughter on vacation to the very spot where he watched his father die in a violent accident 22 years earlier. As might be expected, Detective Brandon Berger is prevented from keeping his promise to his spouse. A mysterious death and duty derail his plans and put his marriage in jeopardy. Meanwhile, tragedy again intrudes on the life of William Chandler with the result he's accused of murdering both his child and another man. Bourg presents these two storylines in alternating chapters until--surprise, they converge in an unexpected and shocking conclusion. A twenty-five-year veteran of law enforcement, Bourg has the credentials to accurately depict crime investigation. He's also a skilled writer who knows how to present a fast-paced, suspenseful story that compels the reader to keep flipping pages and wondering what's going to happen next. A native of Louisiana where this story is set, he's also the author of two other mystery series and many short stories. This was actually the author's first book, originally published in 2016 by Five Star Publishing. He's since written and published numerous others, many of which I've read and enjoyed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Sons

    Holy moly! What the actual hell?? That's my thoughts right now because I did NOT see that coming! This book is amazing! So much suspense & mystery! Bj has left me wanting more & guessing from beginning to end! I didn't want it to stop or end. The author has the ability to take different story lines and completely intertwine them by the end of the book in a way like no other!! I can't wait to grab book #2 & dive in. Holy moly! What the actual hell?? That's my thoughts right now because I did NOT see that coming! This book is amazing! So much suspense & mystery! Bj has left me wanting more & guessing from beginning to end! I didn't want it to stop or end. The author has the ability to take different story lines and completely intertwine them by the end of the book in a way like no other!! I can't wait to grab book #2 & dive in.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anita Rodgers

    The story started out all right – though it was slow and alternated between two separate story lines that didn’t seem the least bit connected. Then about ½ through it all fell apart for me. I was tempted to stop reading but I’d invested so much time into the book, I persevered to the end because still at the halfway point I didn’t know how these two story lines connected. Nor why one of the major players was suddenly being arrested for murder. Unfortunately, it didn’t get any better and the endin The story started out all right – though it was slow and alternated between two separate story lines that didn’t seem the least bit connected. Then about ½ through it all fell apart for me. I was tempted to stop reading but I’d invested so much time into the book, I persevered to the end because still at the halfway point I didn’t know how these two story lines connected. Nor why one of the major players was suddenly being arrested for murder. Unfortunately, it didn’t get any better and the ending was not the shocking twist that was promised. You pretty much knew what the deal was about 4 chapters before it was revealed. Too many plot holes, too many contrived situations to make the story line ‘work’ and too many things that I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief over. For me, the book was a disappointment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aprilleigh

    This was actually a great story, but the description of what happened to William in jail was unnecessarily descriptive and added very little to the story - nothing that wouldn't have been added by leaving it at a blanket party without the afterparty. Yeah, I know that's a little vague for some people, but it's intentional. I'm also horrified that a law enforcement officer would deliberately lead a witness to this extent. No, it's not enough that he later regrets it and apologizes. Sadly, I've see This was actually a great story, but the description of what happened to William in jail was unnecessarily descriptive and added very little to the story - nothing that wouldn't have been added by leaving it at a blanket party without the afterparty. Yeah, I know that's a little vague for some people, but it's intentional. I'm also horrified that a law enforcement officer would deliberately lead a witness to this extent. No, it's not enough that he later regrets it and apologizes. Sadly, I've seen ample evidence to support that this kind of thing regularly happens, even with well-respected law enforcement veterans. The pressure to put someone behind bars so it looks like you've done something about it sometimes overrides the need to see justice served. We need to stop evaluating officers and district attorneys by their arrest and conviction records. I'd rather they lose once in a while than be so focused on convicting someone quickly that they put an innocent person through hell to bolster their numbers. That it was mostly based on circumstantial evidence and conjecture just makes it that much worse. Thankfully, I believe any competent attorney could probably have most of that thrown out and the only reason it was overlooked here is that the plot required it. As for the rest of the story, it was very well done. So many different things going on that don't fit together the way anyone expected. I knew before I started the book that the two separate storylines would come together at the end, but even without that I probably would have kept reading. There was enough going on in each storyline to keep me interested, and the way that they came together wasn't even the most interesting part. In one storyline, Claire and William Chandler are camping with their 6-month-old daughter, Grace, when Claire falls into rough water and William leaves Grace sleeping in their tent to go in after her. When they return to their campsite they find a bear has mauled Grace. While rushing to bring her to a hospital they go off the road and aren't found until a couple of days later. William wakes up chained to his hospital bed, under arrest for the murder of his daughter and another man who had been seen around the campground. In the other storyline, Detective Brandon Berger is trying to balance his work and home life while investigating a mysterious death leading straight to a local church. Several events over the course of a year lead to the same church, so it doesn't take a genius to figure out the church plays some role in both storylines. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it felt real.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Makayla

    So going into this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because the beginning was kinda slow and I tend to be the type that if I'm not hooked by the third or fourth chapter, I'm not gonna be hooked at all. That being said though, once I got around to the eighth or ninth chapter, I couldn't put it down!!!! (Hence me finishing the rest in about 2 hours lol). My favorite character (and in my opinion, the most dimensional and well-written in this book) was William Chandler. Throughout the b So going into this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it because the beginning was kinda slow and I tend to be the type that if I'm not hooked by the third or fourth chapter, I'm not gonna be hooked at all. That being said though, once I got around to the eighth or ninth chapter, I couldn't put it down!!!! (Hence me finishing the rest in about 2 hours lol). My favorite character (and in my opinion, the most dimensional and well-written in this book) was William Chandler. Throughout the book, I found myself feeling frustrated and angry and sad on his behalf (I'm not gonna lie, I'm still harboring some resentment against that Detective London guy) and when I got to the end, I felt his joy and pleasant disbelief at how his circumstances had changed. My only complaint was that I wasn't too crazy about how in detail the book would talk about types of knives and guns (I kinda just skimmed those parts lol). ...As someone who can typically call what's gonna happen next in books/movies/tv shows, I was surprised to be surprised by the ending of the book! By the last chapter, I was practically jumping pages to find out what Meagan had confessed and if/how it would effect Chandler's innocence. Basically, the suspense was killing me and it took everything in me not to just jump to the end and find out what happened. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery/suspense novels, especially ones that talk about courtroom trials/the criminal justice system.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    Each chapter switches between two apparently different plot lines but any reader can figure out they will merge eventually. The action kept me engaged. There were some issues with the defense that made me roll my eyes. Really? You never checked that? The "that" no one checked or even seemed to think of checking was a whole list of evidence that any investigating law enforcement or any defense attorney would have checked, but the dramatic conclusion could not have occurred. The other thing that g Each chapter switches between two apparently different plot lines but any reader can figure out they will merge eventually. The action kept me engaged. There were some issues with the defense that made me roll my eyes. Really? You never checked that? The "that" no one checked or even seemed to think of checking was a whole list of evidence that any investigating law enforcement or any defense attorney would have checked, but the dramatic conclusion could not have occurred. The other thing that got to me was, whether it was the character or the author I don't know, there seemed to be shock that someone would contribute $40/week to a church. Many Christians contribute ten percent and many people earn over $400/week so this is not outrageous. In this case the minister was a fraud and abuser, but in real churches that money does not go to the minister. Most ministers receive a modest salary and the rest of the contributions go to support the building, staff and ministries of the church. I could not tell if there was antagonism toward believers in general or just in this case where they were obviously dealing with a cult.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laverne

    Lots of unfinished story lines 1. Why didn’t Claire recognize her baby when she found her and picked her up 2. Why didn’t detective London follow up on the park rangers about the names and cars parked in the parking lot 3. What motive did Claire have to testify against her husband that he pushed her in to the River and he killed their daughter. 4. The coroner claimed the baby was smothered, but if she died from being sick how could she testify the baby was smothered. 5. Why didn’t the person who wa Lots of unfinished story lines 1. Why didn’t Claire recognize her baby when she found her and picked her up 2. Why didn’t detective London follow up on the park rangers about the names and cars parked in the parking lot 3. What motive did Claire have to testify against her husband that he pushed her in to the River and he killed their daughter. 4. The coroner claimed the baby was smothered, but if she died from being sick how could she testify the baby was smothered. 5. Why didn’t the person who was caring for Gracie not come forward in over a year to return the child to the mother. 6. Was the care taker jailed for kidnapping or conspiracy. 7. Did they jail and convict the preacher “father Nelson. “ I think these questions should have been answered in a summary at the end of the book. So many unanswered questions

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Captivating, harrowing nightmare of a murder mystery Bourg sure can write a story that keeps the reader twisting in the wind. Hollow Bond begins with a nice little family on a camping trip. The camping trip quickly turns into a story from hell when the husband finds himself in the frigid ravine trying to save his wife who has fallen into the water. By the time they arrive back at their campsite , they find a bear and their 6 month old daughter who has been mauled beyond recognition. As they race Captivating, harrowing nightmare of a murder mystery Bourg sure can write a story that keeps the reader twisting in the wind. Hollow Bond begins with a nice little family on a camping trip. The camping trip quickly turns into a story from hell when the husband finds himself in the frigid ravine trying to save his wife who has fallen into the water. By the time they arrive back at their campsite , they find a bear and their 6 month old daughter who has been mauled beyond recognition. As they race to a hospital he loses control of the brakes and the car tumbles into a canyon. Eventually he awakes to find himself recovering from surgery and cuffed to the hospital bed accused of murder. And that’s just the beginning. Read it. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I really liked this book. Constantly full of excitement. William and his wife & baby went to a camp ground to spend a few days there in the mountains. They came across a weird Army veteran & his pit bull.. Also a young couple who they made friends with. Things turned really crazy then for this family. His wife almost drown , A bear attacked, their baby was hurt so they speed off to get to the hospital and ended up in a serious car crash. Then the craziness got worse each and every day for Willia I really liked this book. Constantly full of excitement. William and his wife & baby went to a camp ground to spend a few days there in the mountains. They came across a weird Army veteran & his pit bull.. Also a young couple who they made friends with. Things turned really crazy then for this family. His wife almost drown , A bear attacked, their baby was hurt so they speed off to get to the hospital and ended up in a serious car crash. Then the craziness got worse each and every day for William. He was accused of murdering the veteran guy & his dog ,his own daughter and also of trying to drown his wife. He goes to Jail. No one believes him. What a nightmare he goes thru.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda Ellis

    Although sharing a location with the London Carter series, and one or two of the same characters, this is a different style of book. The London Carter series focuses very much on the police point of view, getting into the heads of those on the force and following their actions in detail. Hollow Crib, in contrast focuses an individual who is both victim and victimised and who goes through all sorts of horrors - partly at the hands of the police (though not those of Magnolia Parish). The characters Although sharing a location with the London Carter series, and one or two of the same characters, this is a different style of book. The London Carter series focuses very much on the police point of view, getting into the heads of those on the force and following their actions in detail. Hollow Crib, in contrast focuses an individual who is both victim and victimised and who goes through all sorts of horrors - partly at the hands of the police (though not those of Magnolia Parish). The characters of the police are comparatively lightly drawn and don't have the same impact as those in Bourg's other two series. I found this book difficult to finish - not because it is badly written, but because personally I don't like reading graphic descriptions of people being victimised and abused. Other people may not have this problem and may enjoy it much more. I did finish it and the ending is satisfying. There are some plot holes which I think become more evident when you think about the story after you have finished, rather than while you are reading it. I would advise not reading the review on Amazon.com which is entitled "SPOILER ALERT" as it really does spoil the ending of the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Black Butterfly

    THIS STARTED OUT RATHER STRANGE BUT INTERESTING, KEPT ME TURNING THE PAGES. I TRIED TAKING LITTLE ONES CAMPING (my husband’s idea) FOR ME IT WAS A DAY FROM HELL. MEN THINK FISHING AND SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS ARE GREAT. NOT WITH LITTLE KIDS IT AIN’T. WILLIAM & CLAIRE ARE TWO OF THE DUMB-ASSED PARENTS, WHY WOULD YOU STAY IN THAT SITUATION? I REALLY DIDN’T CARE FOR THE SWITCHING BACK & FORTH BETWEEN 2 STORY LINES BUT THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK. I WAS HAPPY & PROUD OF MYSELF BECAUSE I HAD IT FIGURE THIS STARTED OUT RATHER STRANGE BUT INTERESTING, KEPT ME TURNING THE PAGES. I TRIED TAKING LITTLE ONES CAMPING (my husband’s idea) FOR ME IT WAS A DAY FROM HELL. MEN THINK FISHING AND SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS ARE GREAT. NOT WITH LITTLE KIDS IT AIN’T. WILLIAM & CLAIRE ARE TWO OF THE DUMB-ASSED PARENTS, WHY WOULD YOU STAY IN THAT SITUATION? I REALLY DIDN’T CARE FOR THE SWITCHING BACK & FORTH BETWEEN 2 STORY LINES BUT THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK. I WAS HAPPY & PROUD OF MYSELF BECAUSE I HAD IT FIGURED OUT WAY BEFORE THE END. THIS WAS VERY GOOD. ;D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Antigone Walsh

    Desperate Measures Two seemingly unrelated storylines converge when an innocent man on trial for murder makes a desperate move to learn the truth. This will bring him into the orbit of a Louisiana investigator with work/family balance issues and a strong suspicion about a charismatic preacher and his followers. Although this book started slowly it picked up in the end. The plot was good although there were certainly some gaps that made me question the murder charges. The court room scenes were re Desperate Measures Two seemingly unrelated storylines converge when an innocent man on trial for murder makes a desperate move to learn the truth. This will bring him into the orbit of a Louisiana investigator with work/family balance issues and a strong suspicion about a charismatic preacher and his followers. Although this book started slowly it picked up in the end. The plot was good although there were certainly some gaps that made me question the murder charges. The court room scenes were realistic and the resolution was satisfying.

  13. 5 out of 5

    MikieG

    Enjoying Another BJ Bourg Series! My wife and I have read the entire London Carter 6 book series. Loved every booked. Then we read Clint Wolf 16 book series. Again the best of the best. Book 17 was just released. Now one more book in the Magnolia Parish series. This author writes fantastic novels. He even introduces characters in one series as guest characters in a second series. Read his books a series at a time in order. Promise you a great trip!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Camping in dark and dangerous forest Adventure and compelling story of two men and their women trying to make life work while balancing job and family. Vacation turns into horror while suspicious people don’t keep their distance. Lives are completely turned upside down. Suspicion lurks in all directions. Page turner and unbelievable twists.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    This held promise at the start.. I had a good feel for the characters and plot(s) but then I realized the story shifted from plot to sub-plot with each new chapter and it began to be annoying.. And the more I read, the less believable the plot lines became until both plots merge at the end to one head shaking finale. Not interested in reading more of this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patty U.

    Great book I enjoy reading anything by this author. This one had so many twists I wasn't sure where the story was going. Will is arrested for murdering his daughter, Gracie. He hopes to prove his innocence and find the person responsible. We get a glimpse of what child killers get when they are incarcerated. If you love a great mystery this book is the one. Great book I enjoy reading anything by this author. This one had so many twists I wasn't sure where the story was going. Will is arrested for murdering his daughter, Gracie. He hopes to prove his innocence and find the person responsible. We get a glimpse of what child killers get when they are incarcerated. If you love a great mystery this book is the one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim Bean

    The stories csme together at the end All BJ Bourg come together at the end of the novel. This story seemed like two separate tell and totally unrelated. I never dreamed the conclusion of this novel could have a relationship between to two totally isolated subjects. I'm glad I didn't stop reading tge novel. Excellent ending The stories csme together at the end All BJ Bourg come together at the end of the novel. This story seemed like two separate tell and totally unrelated. I never dreamed the conclusion of this novel could have a relationship between to two totally isolated subjects. I'm glad I didn't stop reading tge novel. Excellent ending

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott aka Curmudgeon

    Really enjoyed until the end I was hooked into the story and was curious as to how it would end. I won’t say a lot so as not to possibly spoil, but the ending was one of those where it is somewhat confusing to follow. Not so as to ruin the whole book, but still for me a thud. But besides the ending a good read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet Wild

    A tale to make you look over your shoulder and shiver A family camping trip goes horribly wrong. Innocence is brushed aside, they have a man in custody why look further. Then a man on the run and two cases collide. The ending is both happy but overshadowed by what had gone before. Well written, seat of your pants stuff. Look forward to reading more from this author

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chet

    Two books in one The two stories came together at the end. This was a good mystery and I enjoyed it. I just finished all of the Clint Wolf books so I had that mind set, but this was a different story. I am not big on small children murder so I had to work through that.I am looking for the next case in this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    A_Friend

    Hollow Crib Family camping trip turns into pure terror! Kidnappers, who you would never think of, bears, murder! Falsely charged father. Too awesome to revel.... until you read. Definite must read!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    C P

    GreAt story Engaging from the beginning. Not to give too much away, but really triggered me to th i k about being falsely accused and what can happen if law enforcement and prosecutors make false assumptions without complete investigating.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Alderson

    Keeps You Guessing I picked up this book because it is set in my favorite place in the world-Louisiana. I got way more than I expected great story and a good mystery that I couldn’t tie up until the end!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Very interesting story Was real great writing how the compete story all fits together at th end. Really enjoyed the story and characters totally believable. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha herbert

    Twists and turns. I chose this rating because I enjoyed the story line, the twists and turns. I liked the character. I had no idea what was going to happen or how it would all fit together. Two separate stories that finally came together.

  26. 5 out of 5

    carolyn hager

    chilling the characters were really relatable and i didn’t see the ending coming. loved the suspense and the topic was chilling! the author really brought a nice ending to a really complicated storyline!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dewey Carroll Brackett

    Surprise ending I couldn't hardly put this one down. It involved two different stories and they finally intersect at the end. It had lots of twists and turns. I didn't see the end coming. Surprise ending I couldn't hardly put this one down. It involved two different stories and they finally intersect at the end. It had lots of twists and turns. I didn't see the end coming.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Grogan Bugher

    Mystery Hollow Crib by BJ Bourq is an excellent mystery taking place in a small Louisiana Parish. It has action and more action. Once you start reading this one you can’t put it down. Definitely a five star read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    I almost gave up on this one; luckily I stayed with it and by the end, I was very happy with my decision. Two of the characters in this book were so unlikeable, it was almost painful to read about them. I like this series and already have the next book to read. I rate this one 4.8 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    An excellent story yet again. A word of warning: You really need to read the two books in this "Mystery" series BEFORE reading the London Carter Series. I did get a bit confused at first thinking that Detective London was the same person as London Carter. Obviously not, as it turns out but a bit of lack of imagination re naming characters. Trouble is it is little things like this that throw my OCD and stop me concentrating on the story I am reading. A really good ending and relatively suspenseful thr An excellent story yet again. A word of warning: You really need to read the two books in this "Mystery" series BEFORE reading the London Carter Series. I did get a bit confused at first thinking that Detective London was the same person as London Carter. Obviously not, as it turns out but a bit of lack of imagination re naming characters. Trouble is it is little things like this that throw my OCD and stop me concentrating on the story I am reading. A really good ending and relatively suspenseful throughout, enough to not want to put the book down. Definitely recommend to anyone who has not yet read a B.J. Bourg book.

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