blog tour: the warden by jon ritcher

4 stars!

tw: description of graphic crime scene, suicide, death, bombing, isolation

Hi guys! I know, it’s been a hot minute. I’ll be sure to make a post about my longer than planned absence but until then, I have a brand new blog post for you. I had a fun little blog tour, brought to you by Blackthorn book tours. They always do such a good job of finding the best books for me and this one was no exception. 

As usual with my book tours I’ll include: a synopsis, review, author bio and links of where to find the author and the book. 


The year is 2024, and the residents of the Tower, a virus-proof apartment building, live in a state of permanent lockdown. The building is controlled by a state-of-the-art AI named James, who keeps the residents safe but incarcerated. Behind bricked-up front doors, their every need is serviced; they are pampered but remain prisoners.

This suits Eugene just fine. Ravaged by the traumas of his past, the agoraphobic ex-detective has no intention of ever setting foot outside again. But when he finds the Tower’s building manager brutally murdered, his investigator’s instincts won’t allow him to ignore the vicious crime.

What Eugene finds beyond the comfort of his apartment’s walls will turn his sheltered existence upside down. To unravel the Tower’s mysteries, he must confront James… and James takes his role as the Warden very, very seriously.


I’m going to be honest, I was unsure about this book at first. It started out pretty slow and I’m not one to dislike slow books. I mean, one of my favorite series is the Three Dark Crowns series and if you know anything about that series, you know just how slow it is. Anyway, I wasn’t sure where the story was going to lead as Eugene seemed kind of boring to me at first. I understand he was dealing with some trauma in his life so I tried to be as patient as possible with him because I hoped that his story would go somewhere. I realize now that the story was slow at first so it would suck you into the story and make you question what is going to happen which was why I kept on reading.

Once the story started to pick up, I found myself hooked. I didn’t want to put the book down at all. It was a bad idea to read it at work because I wanted to skip work to finish reading but as I got a baby coming and bills to pay, I had to put my phone down and get back to work but I kept thinking about this book and how much I wanted to keep reading it. I found myself finally rooting for Eugene and his conquest. I wanted him to succeed so badly and get his happy ending. He deserved it and I felt just so bad for him and the events that led to his current way of life. 

There were chapters of Fecility, which is the creator of James and takes place in 2020 while Eugene’s story took place in 2024. I didn’t mind her chapters because they gave an interesting perspective about why things happened in Eugene’s chapters. I just didn’t care for her as a person. She was too hard for me and I didnt’ like her ruthless and cut throat attitude. But it is always nice to see a woman leading in STEM so points for that. The technology sector is notoriously awful to women so it was awesome to see a woman taking charge in this area and not letting anyone stand in her way of getting what she wanted. We love to see that!  

Overall, despite the slow start, I liked this book a lot. It certainly felt a little too realistic as I fear that what happened in this book could potentially happen in the real world. But the unrealistic part was that people actually followed guidelines. I had to chuckle at that because America definitely hasn’t followed the guidelines at all. I mean, people are arguing about getting a vaccine but that’s a topic for another day. Regardless, this was a great book and I think everyone should check it out! 

About the Author

Jon Richter writes genre-hopping dark fiction, including his three gripping crime thrillers, Deadly Burial, Never Rest and Rabbit Hole, his cyberpunk noir thriller Auxiliary: London 2039 and his new techno-thriller The Warden, as well as two collections of short horror fiction.

Jon lives in London and is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story! He writes whenever he can, and hopes to bring you many more sinister tales in the future. He also co-hosts the Dark Natter podcast, a fortnightly dissection of the world’s greatest works of dark fiction, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcast fix.

If you want to chat to him about any of this, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites or Instagram @jonrichterwrites. His website haunts the internet at, and you can find his books available on Amazon here:

❤ lacy

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