Review of “Hopper House” by John L Monk

Hopper HouseI picked up a copy of the first book in the Jenkins Cycle series back in February, on the recommendation of the To Be Read Podcast. They described it as Quantum Leap where all the bodies the hero leaps into are serial killers and drug dealers. I really liked the first book (review here), so I picked up the second right away and read it (review).

The second book was still good, but not as good as the first. It was a little confusing and not as engaging as the first. It was still well worth a read, though.

The third book, however, is exceptional. Where the others were shorter stories, combined into a novel, this is a single, well-paced adventure for Dan Jenkins, the hero. Dan finds out that he’s not the only person jumping from body to body. The other people call themselves hoppers and they’ve been around for over a century.

As Dan gets tangled up in their issues, he has something to deal with that goes beyond the lives of the people he’s inhabiting. Instead, he needs to solve a problem for himself. Which upped the tension considerably.

I flew through this book very quickly. Monk has perfected his writing style, turning out a real page turner in Hopper House. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen. The new characters were all interesting and the more metaphysical aspects were imaginative and interesting.

The only slight problem I had with the book was the ending. There’s a little too much coincidence and good luck thrown the hero’s way. It wasn’t enough to ruin the book for me, but it did mean the book didn’t end on a bang like I was hoping.

Overall, I give Hopper House 4/5 stars (5/5 on Amazon), meaning that I really liked it. I’d recommend picking up a copy on Amazon. Even if you haven’t read the previous two, I think you should be okay and it’s a very fast read that’s well worth it.

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