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Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781732843349
  • 254 pages
  • $13.99
Barbara Woster
36 Hours
B.J. Woster, author
​Will more unwilling participants be lost to Christian’s brutality or can the detectives follow his perverse directives before time slips away? Christian Price is a scientist who suffered a tragedy unsolved by local police. In an effort to right that which he perceives is wrong, he begins to execute experiments in different cities to test the response times of law enforcement agencies. Detective Hardwick is a thirty-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. He and his fellow officers, who have always been successful in keeping crime rates low in the precinct, find themselves the latest targets of Christian’s experiments, placing innocent civilians in the path of his malevolence.
Brandy M.

I got this book looking for a good read and I found it. I am a big fan of mystery and thrillers but this tops what I have read so far. Right from the start I understood how she feel in the garage but she did have me wondering who Sandra was... The intensity builds right from the beginning and keeps growing throughout the book. The author is great at painting the picture for you as if you are sitting in the scene yourself and closely watching.
Seeing Christian having to think on his feet was interesting. You have someone who was well planned, detailed and great at what he does but now finds his self having to quickly think of his next move. I wonder how many killers out there are doing what he did, how many get bored with the police, give them clues for hopes of them doing their job better? How many police think they can out smart a killer or even depend on a slip up to avoid actually having to do their job?
If you like books that don't drag, keep you guessing and on your toes this is the one for you.

Brown Bettie

The cover is what made me pick up this book and I was not disappointed. “36 Hours” by B.J. Woster is a fun, thrilling roller coaster of fiction. The storyline is both innovative and entertaining and its execution is flawless. I was pulled into the story quickly, and found it difficult to put down each night before turning off the lights. I genuinely enjoyed how the plot unfolded and how the characters were fleshed out. The dialogue was crisp and I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. If you enjoy the pacing and suspense of a Law & Order episode, as well as the plot twists of books such as “Gone Girl,” then this book is certainly for you! The book isn’t just plot-driven; it was almost a sociological examination of serial killers. Nothing about the writing is cliché or overdone which is so hard for this genre. The story absolutely delivers. I really liked the unexpected twists, the fast-paced action and the engaging satisfying ending. This is a seriously well-written book that deserves nothing but accolades.

For mystery/thriller buffs, “36 Hours” is a must-read! I heartily recommend it. This book deserves even more than five stars!

C.J. Kelley

Meet Christian Price, a scientist who has lived through horrific tragedy. He is greatly bereaved by the loss of someone close to him; and unfortunately, the crime was never solved. After coming to the realization that police response time is far too slow, he takes matters into his own hands. He begins testing response times in various cities, to essentially and effectively obliterate unsolved crimes. His unethical experiments are purposeful in action and extremely motive driven; but has he lost his moral compass and quite possibly his mind?

36 Hours by B.J. Woster is a fast paced, hair-raising thriller packed with suspense. It is a constant race against time, as police try to save the lives of innocent people, and also solve the crimes Christian commits.

The story is nothing short of captivating! I couldn’t put it down! Woster is an accomplished writer; and her book is an effortless read. Her characters draw you in with the wonderfully detailed dynamic between them. They really add value to the plot.

I am absolutely blown away by the surprise ending. It is so brilliantly executed and unexpected. I can easily give this book 5 stars, and highly recommend it to mystery lovers everywhere!

Carla Miller

Thirty-nine chapters of thrilling and exciting work from B. J. Woster on her book 36 Hours. Even the cover of this read is unnerving. B. J. sets up the premise of this book like a movie. I kept picturing to myself that Christian must look like Christian Bale (coincidence or what?) from the 2000 movie - American Psycho. It was terrifying that he justified calling his killings – experiments. His moves and actions were planned out precisely and unapologetic. When we are first introduced to him, you think maybe he is not so bad, wrong, he only becomes more frightening and more methodical which each and every kill.

It appears that the Atlantic Police Department could not get any type of break trying to catch him. They did discover more clues each time, thank goodness. But he actually made them look unorganized and clueless.

I enjoyed how B. J. enticed her audience with the character of Christian. We could understand his frustrations and bitterness toward the police. But he honestly took it to the extreme, as serial killers do, I would imagine.

From Chapter one, I will never let my guard down again in a parking garage. Or sit in my car listening to the radio or cd player without first looking around and making sure my windows are up. Ladies, we always need to be aware of our surroundings, please. Geez…do not read at night or alone!

Michael Smith

A cruel, cunning predator with a definite god complex (ironically named Christian) matches wits with a smart, tough-edged detective (perfectly named Hardwick) in this suspense thriller set in the city of Atlanta. The perp in this one rationalizes that his serial killings, what he calls “experiments,” of several women in different American cities is simply a way to put more pressure on the police to locate missing persons. Apparently, Christian’s wife had been abducted and killed with the police doing very little to stop it.

Furthermore, Christian has talked himself into believing that he sincerely wants the police to rescue the women he has placed in random parts of the city with a deadline hanging over the cops’ heads. But it’s clear that this maniac takes pleasure in finding the women he will kill and then carrying out the plan of kidnapping them and locking them away to await almost certain death. For example, a “grin” passes his countenance when he spots a woman as she goes into a church, thinking that she will be an easy target.

This is definitely one of my favorite books of this type that I have read this year, and I’m a junkie for these cliffhangers. I particularly liked the banter between the detectives in planning out their course of action in stopping a dangerous killer. I also loved the sinister portrayal of the calm, cool sociopath who is competent in a number of areas, including computers and drugs. Therefore, it’s easy to recommend this page turner to crime drama and suspense devotees


B.J. Woster's "36 Hours" is a murder mystery thriller like none I have ever read before. Christian Price, a scientist conducting his own experiment.. his own sick and twisted experiment to gauge police response times, prepared and readiness, and ability to conduct investigations in missing persons cases. He goes from city to city, kidnapping upwards of 3 people, giving the police 36 hours to find the person, giving them clues along the way to see if they will be able to rescue the person in time, then resting for 36 hours before starting the kidnapping of his next victim. 

Woster's ability with the pen and creativity match well together to form a strikingly unique plot. I was pleasantly surprised by the self reflection that Christian Price, our lead antagonist in the book, possesses and goes through, especially towards the end. 

Woster ties up the book rather nicely, there isn't much run for a sequel but Woster could definitely write a prequel about Christian Price's backstory and how he ended up the way he is. Woster teases out those details in 36 Hours but I would love to see her write a prequel. Her writing style and ability to put together such a unique, captivating, gripping, hard to put down story. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, murder mystery thriller. 36 Hours is filled with suspense, it has great pacing, a unique storyline, and good closure. It is a good weekend read type of book. 

Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2021
  • 9781732843349
  • 254 pages
  • $13.99