Thank you for visiting Jagged Edge Reviews. We have a lot of exciting reviews, guest posts, cover reveals and book blitz coming up! I apologize we are going through a bit of a change as we have been away for a short time but we are getting back into the swing of things! Just getting a bit organized again, please be patient.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Guest Post


Hello my name is... The Development of a Character by Lorena Bathey

In the world of fiction one of the toughest aspects can be creating your characters. Plotting can be easy, wild, and weird. But the characters you develop have to be someone that a reader would like. One who is reading the story doesn't always have to relate to the characters life, but it does help to endear the character to the person reading the pages.

What's the first step in character development for me? What they look like.

Why? Because when I create their outward appearance it helps me to then layer in the personality. There are certain stereotypes that authors can fall back on; the handsome hero, the beautiful damsel in distress, and the evil, creepy-looking villain. However, when you create a story where the characters are the plot, then you have to bring more to them.

As an author my story usually begins with a character who will be the narrator. I let them speak in either dialog or inner speak so you get their inflection and tone which creates a picture in your head. Then I describe what they look like, but I do this broadly because I want the reader to then fill in the gaps. I want the reader to bond with the narrator and to become invested in them and the story that builds around them.

Once you have the main character then it's time to populate their world. Oftentimes different characters pop up as the story progresses. But when I begin a book I try to create a few characters a head of time that I know will be involved somehow. How much or how little can be determined as the story grows, but having established characters means you can use them to bring a story to fruition. These other characters can be wacky, weird, or anything you want. They are the frosting on the cake. In fact, usually the wackier the better when it comes to supporting individuals in your story.

Characters are the backbone of the story, and can even be the whole story. But make sure that you create a wave effect for them. In most books there is a problem that needs to be solved and that the character needs to go through. Then the apex where all may seem lost. How that character responds is integral to the story. In the ending you can make it happy, tragic, or simply realistic, whichever way you choose, the character's response must make sense to how you developed them.

Creating characters is fun. You can use your imagination. They can be everything the author isn't or everything you want to be. Make them deep, interesting, and ready to take what comes at them. It's a story. It's fiction. Think outside the box and then let your character lead you through the story.


Bio:
Growing up in Northern California, Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English.

Lorena Bathey found characters were visiting her mind and wouldn't leave. She was introduced to Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life. After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.

After meeting the love of her life, they embarked on the thrilling life to follow their dreams, bringing their families along for the ride. Today Lorena has nine novels in her writing queue.

But writing isn't the only muse that inspires Lorena. She has become a passionate photographer and likes to push the envelope taking avant guarde shots. Travel, walking, enjoying new restaurants, and Italy are other loves and things she makes sure she has time for.





Sunday, October 28, 2012

Review: Pledged


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Title: Pledged (Soul Wars Saga, Bk 1)
Author: Gwynneth White
Publisher: Swallow Press
Publication Date: June 3, 2012
Reviewer: Elisa
Summary: Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?
Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient curse is tearing him away. And the demons who invoked it will stop at nothing – even murder – to claim him as their own.
How can she win against a curse so binding that it has damned countless others to this same fate – an eternity alone?
The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a pledge.
Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya and confront the curse that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.
Review: I have been reading White's blog Today in Shenaya for months now where her characters Seth and Erin actually "write" the blog from their POV. They write reviews and interview other YA characters, bicker and explain cool historical and informational things that can be found in Pledged. Honestly, when I began this book I was so excited to finally get to read their story because I felt I knew them personally, and then I quickly fell in love with them right from the beginning. I have seen other authors beginning to do character interviews, many on Today in Shenaya, and I absolutely enjoy this style of marketing. I already feel book characters are real and belong in my life, getting further inside their heads is just too wonderful and enjoyable to pass up.
So this is a quest book. Seth and Erin have to journey together to find something and then make a really big decision to hopefully end an eon-long war. To understand what they are up against and learn from past mistakes they are sent back in time to see other players struggle and fall to the Prophecy and Curse that has ensnared their families back in Shenaya. But, what they learn turns their worlds upside down and they learn how sticky the Curse actually is, and how dirty the players are willing to be to get their way.
Helping and hindering them on their journey are, for lack of a better word, ghosts of the people who have chosen one side or the other of this war. Seth and Erin are helped or tricked and need to choose to believe whoever they want. As they are teenagers, there is a bit of teen angst and emotions run high here and there.
This story is scary, sad and very exciting. The hardest part was that the past cannot be changed and White really made me CARE about some of those characters in the past. However, souls are eternal so I am REALLY hoping that Seth and Erin can eventually break the curse and the people meant to be together can find each other once this is over. But that is just my hope. Who knows what will happen by book three!
These characters are well flushed out and many of the peripheral characters are as well. There are some disturbing images, teen angst and serious decisions to be made. Poor Seth, he has a really hard time of things and there were times when I just wanted to have Erin sock him one! Speaking of Erin, she has the roughest scene. Because they time travel, they get to see their souls prior to being born and see themselves pledge to help break the curse AND recognize that they are soul mates. BUT Seth and Erin have only just met in real time and they BARELY know each other. Right after that is a really rough scene that I would have been mortified to experience. Anyway, she is a trooper and I hope she can knock some sense into Seth.
This is the first of a trilogy, and like Lord of the Rings, the action slows but the story is nowhere near over by the end of book one. Book two is supposed to be released in January 2013, so we don't have a long and horrifying wait - thank you powers that be! I give this book 4 stars. If you like YA, adventure, time travel, a smattering of a sweet young romance and delving into the human psyche, check this book out!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Interview: Carol Cassada


Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?

My name’s Carol and I’m a romance author, I’ve been writing for about three years and there’s parts of the industry I’m still learning about along the way. I’ve released three books so far. The first book Going Home Again was traditional, while Westmore and Westmore: The Aftermath were self-published.

What inspired you to write?

I’ve been interested in writing since I was a teenager, it helped get me through some difficult times, and it was an escape outlet for me. Writing became a passionate hobby for me; I loved it so much that I decided this is what I’d like to do for a living. After college I set out on the journey to become an author.

What authors influenced you as a writer?

One of the first romance novels I read was Keeping Faith by Janice MacDonald and it helped me get a feel for the genre and inspired me to write romance novels.

What is your favorite quote?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”Henry David Thoreau

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

Growing up I thought it’d be great to live in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.



What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do?

I think every writer needs to have a notebook, where they can write their book ideas and keep track of their progress.

Are your books different than your personal favorite books by other authors?

My writing is different from romance authors, because most authors have the steamy love scenes, while I like to tease the readers with couples kissing and touching each other, and leave everything else behind the bedroom door.

What led you to writing in this genre?

To be truthful, I never cared for romance novels, but within the last couple of years I started getting hooked on them. When I decided to become a writer, I didn’t know what genre to choose, then after reading my first romance novel, I decided this is the genre that’s going to suit me.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part is thinking of the characters and plots.

Least favorite part of the writing process?

Editing can sometimes be a pain in the neck. During the process, I have to go over the manuscript a couple of times, and each time I do I catch a mistake that I missed earlier or I decide to switch scenes around. It can be a hassle, but it’s one of the things you have to do as a writer.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on volume 4 of Westmore, which I plan to release next year.

Where readers can find you?

I’m on every social media outlet there is.
Readers can visit my website www.carolcassada.net
Twitter: @dramacjc
Facebook: Author Carol Cassada

LAST QUESTION:
Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't?
I wish you would have asked my opinions on self-publishing.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Unwind


Title: Unwind (Unwind #1)
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: November 6, 2007
Reviewer: Elisa
Summary: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. (from goodreads.com)
Review: Holy crud this is a scary YA dystopia. Most dystopia's are scary, it is part of the genre but this one really struck a nerve. I am actually extremely disturbed right now. So, there was a second civil war and for some reason, it doesn't really matter why, the two sides decided that all people have a right to life until age 13. Between 13 and 18 a kid can be unwound, sold for parts (a sort of later in life abortion) if they are wards of the state, their parents decide they are too much work, or their guardian signs them away. There are tons of cops making sure these unwind kids don't run away. It is big business for the government. But they aren't technically killed, they are just disassembled and they live on in the people who need their body parts. Yay! I didn't have my kid killed, he lives on in hundreds of different people, he is still alive and I don't have to deal with him or feel guilty. Isn't that wonderful? Shusterman makes sure you know if the kid is still "there" and it is a little bit horrifying.
The adults in this world live with their heads up their butts or in the sand or whatever allowing this to happen. The crazy thing is, they all feel guilty when they send a kid to be unwound, but they spout the same marketing BS to try to make the kid and themselves feel better about it. YA books usually have adults as clueless or evil or stupid and the kids know better, but wow, these adults can be quite harsh, though not all, because some are amazing. But society has deemed it acceptable, so there you go.
Read this book. It is horrible, it is tough and it is so well done. Some terrible decisions are made by all sorts of people young and old. I liked it from the first few pages. It grabs you and shakes you around and clonks you on the head a few times. I like pushy reading material I guess. So, think back on your life, when you were 13 or 15, not the best of years for many of us. You go through puberty, you fight with your folks, you feel sullen and removed...how many of us would have ticked off our folks and been unwound? Or had a sibling unwound? Seriously. There is this scene, well a couple of them actually that are so intense. I think some of them will haunt me for some time to come. Much like an after image of a bright light on my retinas.
I really think I need to read something romancy or cozy or something like that to feel better about life. This book is well-written, makes you think, has full, well-rounded primary and secondary characters and has a crazy idea but shows you how it could really happen. It also has dangling storylines that get woven together seemlessly. I loved that certain things were brought back up and answered or just came full circle. There will soon be another book and I imagine any open-ended storylines or remaining questions will be answered. Also, discord has been sown...I am hoping we will eventually see the fall of this unwinding business. This book scared me, was well written, had characters I cared about and made me think, I give this book 5 stars.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X


Title: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: July 21, 2008
Reviewer: Elisa
Summary: He was born with great power
The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells--the greatest power is the power to create.

Daniel X has that power.
And a deadly secret
Daniel's secret abilities - like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses - have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn't have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone's imagining.
Now the fate of the world rests on Daniel X
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents' dying breath, he is closing in on the killer.

Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father's mission - and to take vengeance in the process. (summary from goodreads.com)
Review: This was a fun little gem of an alien hunting book and it is the first in a series. Daniel's parents were killed by the worst alien on earth, number one on The List of big, bad uglies. Daniel was 3 years old at the time and managed to shift shape and hide from him. Since then he has taken over the family business of keeping earth safe from "bad" aliens and been working on removing the bad guys permanently. But for some reason, now that he is 15, he decides it is time to work on taking out #6 on the list, Seth Ergot.
Daniel gets to LA and decides to go back to school to avoid truancy cops, makes a friend and avoids Seth and his henchmen, for a while. All sorts of stuff happens. Daniel almost doesn't make it. It is crazy! They go off-planet, meet some family and clean up some stuff that needs cleaning. Daniel isn't all powerful, though he has some awesome abilities. He makes mistakes and learns from them. He loves his friends and his parents, has a few crush moments which are cute and he is a genuinely nice guy.
It is a super fast read, most chapters are 2-3 pages in large type. It has gotten a little crazy actually. I mean, really? Three paragraphs or a new thought and done! Chapter 87 is over. You feel like a monster speed reader. I picked it up because I hadn't been able to finish anything with all this family that decended on me for two weeks in a row. I also add easy items to my to-do lists so I can easily feel like I am accomplishing things...keeps me motivated and this book was like that. Yay, two hours and a whole book is complete! But luckily I enjoyed the storyline and had a good time reading it. My 12 year old niece loves Patterson now because of the Angel Experiment books, so I got this for her and decided to read it too. Anyway, fun for kids and adults. 4 stars as it is a compelling read, well-done character, great start to a new easy series and just plain fun. Great for boys and girls 10 maybe? and up. My friend's 9 year old son just started it, is a little confused but is totally loving it.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: Rogue


Title: Rogue
Author: Mark Sullivan
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 
 October 2, 2012
Reviewer: Ethan

Summary: Two years ago, Robin Monarch was maybe the best black top level CIA operative. But one day, in the middle of an operation, with his team around him in the field, Monarch walks away, leaving his old life and friends behind without a word of explanation.

Now this ex-soldier, ex-operative, and orphan with a murky past is a thief, stealing from the super-rich and has surfaced in St. Tropez. But when a complicated, high profile jewel heist goes wrong, Monarch is led into a carefully woven trap designed to force him to complete the very same mission he walked away from years ago.

It will take all of his skills (as well as those of the team he burned) and all of his cunning, if Monarch is to thwart the violent and deadly goals of the very powerful cabal who will do whatever it takes to bring the very dangerous "Green Fields" technology under their control.

Review: Robin Monarch is no ordinary man. The son of two con artists, Robin began a life of theft at an early age. After his parents occupation finally cost them their lives, young Robin was forced to use his skills to survive on the streets of poverty stricken Buenos Aires. There, he banned with other young boys, forming a fraternity of theft. His life was quickly spiraling out of control when he was seriously injured in a street heist. Rushed to a local clinic, his life was forever changed when he met Sister Rachel.

Now years later, Robin, possibly the best CIA operative, has decided to start a new chapter in his life. While searching for a secretive weapon, "Green Fields", overseas, Robin sees something that disrupts his faith in the CIA. When the lab he is searching explodes, Robin ceases the opportunity to escape. The directors at the CIA are worried about the information Robin acquired, so he instantly becomes one of the most wanted men in the world. Armed with information that could change the course of modern warfare, Robin enters a race to obtain the secrets of "Green Fields" before it falls into the wrong hands.

In "Rogue" author Mark Sullivan, perhaps best known for his collaboration with author James Patterson, imagines a believable protagonist in Robin Monarch. After leaving the CIA, Monarch takes to a life of crime, stealing from wealthy individuals to help fund Sister Rachel's clinic. This allusion to Robin Hood, while obvious, successfully turns the militarily robotic Monarch into a relatable character. The story is, at times, a bit predictable, but Sullivan knows how to mix suspense and action with interesting characters. Overall, there is nothing extraordinary about this novel, but it does do what it sets out to achieve. Any reader hungry for a quick action novel similar to James Rollins' Sigma Force series is sure to enjoy this book.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Review: The Mercury Fountain


Title: The Mercury Fountain
Author: Eliza Factor
Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Reviewer: Annie

Summary: (From Amazon) Set in a remote stretch of desert near the border of west Texas and Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century, this story follows the pursuits of Owen Scraperton as he struggles to establish Pristina, a utopian community based on mercury mining that aims to resolve the great questions of labor and race. As age, love, and experience cause Owen to modify his original vision, his fiercely idealistic daughter Victoria remains true to Pristina's founding principles—setting them up for a major conflict that captures the imagination of the entire town. The Mercury Fountain combines realistic modern writing with elements from American and Greco-Roman mythology, taking its cue from Mercury, the most slippery and mischievous of gods, who rules over science, commerce, eloquence, and thievery.

Review: This was not the book I expected when I read the blurb on the early reviewers page. I am a huge dystopian/utopian society fan, but I think most of those sorts of books I read are in the young adult genre and therefore I wasn’t prepared for such a heavy book. This is not an easy quick read; in fact, I will be reading it again to get the full idea of all that happened. By the time I got to the end I finally had in my mind who everyone was and how the town fit together and I just felt like I had missed so much while reading the rest of the book and trying to place where all the characters were. I did really enjoy this book, it is wonderfully written and the characters are quite interesting and unique. As long as you don’t go into this thinking it’s going to be a light, easy read (like I did) you will enjoy this book. I can see it being a great book to discuss in a book club or similar situation. And it really is just a great piece of literature, I highly recommend it!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Hiya

So All I was super excited because I finally got Internet back. Then my boyfriend decided that we should move back in with my parents. :/ the downside is we are back to no Internet and the upside is I get to do a lot more reading! So We should start to be back in full swing!!

I'm sorry I've become kind of unreliable :[ I hate it.

Much love,
  Kati

Review: In Dreams

Title: In Dreams
Author: Robert Logan
Publisher: The Peppertree Press
Publication Date: February 10, 2012
Reviewer: Annie

Summary:  (From Amazon) In the mountainous outskirts of Boulder, Colorado a serial killer begins killing people in the same exact manner as four unsolved murders in the area from forty-one years ago. The police suspect a copycat. But when Jack Corbitt experiences a bizarre phenomenon, he begins to believe the police are dead wrong. During a series of a new life saving cancer treatment, Jack's brain is somehow able to open a mysterious portal to the past. He is stunned to discover that he is able to communicate with Maggie Roper, a newspaper reporter from forty-one years ago who is investigating the unsolved murders. The telepathic connections come in the form of dreams after each treatment. Jack helps Maggie investigate the brutal murders of the four people in 1971. By doing so, he discovers that a serial killer is not only murdering people in the present, but is also slicing through time as well. Using the same para-psychological event as Jack, the killer is able to commit these gruesome crimes again in the past. Knowing that his telepathic abilities will likely end when his treatments are finished, Jack must race against time - and through time to stop a deranged present day serial killer who has the ability to murder through the mind of a serial killer in the past. Jack knows that the only way to stop this psychotic murderer is -In Dreams.

Review: Jack has been battling cancer all his life, and when it makes reappearance after being gone for many years he is willing to do anything to get rid of it.  There is a new medical procedure that sends him into crazy dreams that he is sure are affecting current events.  When he tries to alter the outcomes he realizes he is having quite the impact on current events as well.

I read this book very quickly and it was a great book for that.  It kept me interested throughout but when I was done with it I felt a bit unfulfilled.  I don’t think there was a single twist in the plot and you knew exactly how the story would play out from very early on.  I’m always waiting for that great twist and I was even making up ones in my head before the book ended, but nothing like that ever happened.  I’m not sure if it was too much foreshadowing or just too much of a straight forward story, but it disappointed me.  If you like thrillers this one is a good pick, especially for its uniqueness.  But if you’re like me and need some big plot twists this might not be the book for you!

~ Annie

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Review: Black Fridays

Title: Black Fridays
Author: Michael Sears
Publisher:  Putnam Adult
Publication Date: 
 September 18, 2012
Reviewer: Ethan

Summary: Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big – there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed.

But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, “the Kid,” from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him. The things Stafford discovers about himself in the process are every bit as gripping as his investigation, and when the two threads of his life come together – the results are unforgettable.

Black Fridays marks the arrival of a remarkable new writer.

Review: Jason Stafford has nothing. He was once a top Wall Street trader living the high life, but after a getting in over his head with falsified profits and fraudulent trades, he finds himself at the end of a two year jail sentence with no money, an estranged ex-wife who has his only son, and seemingly no future job opportunities. You can imagine his surprise when the CEO of a large Wall Street firm asks Jason to investigate the trades of a junior trader who recently died in a boating accident. Intrigued by the prospect to work in his old environment and desperate for any kind of income, Jason accepts.

As he begins to reclaim his professional dignity, Jason also is determined to gain custody from his alcoholic ex-wife. Jason Jr., nicknamed "the Kid", has been diagnosed with autism and is not getting the care he needs. With his ex just as unstable as his son, Jason is shocked to learn that the Kid is locked in a room all day. Risking his parole, Jason flies to Louisiana to retrieve his son. When he returns to New York, son in tow, Jason is forced to reevaluate his life, and learn to live with his unique son.

Meanwhile, Jason's investigation is revealing a larger conspiracy than even he expected. As he digs deeper into the web of fraud he attracts the attention of Wall Streets power players as well as agents from the FBI. When he uncovers a system that will certainly rock the entire financial institution, Jason must decide what to do with the information. If he makes the wrong decision, it could cost him his life.

With this excellent debut novel, author Michael Sears enters the thriller genre with a bang. His knowledge of Wall Street brings a unique perspective to the story. This timely tale of financial deceit flows at a perfect pace, never getting bogged down in the details that are presented. While the thriller side of the story is entertaining, it is the father-son relationship that really places the novel on a higher level. Jason's adjustment to becoming the guardian of his autistic son is the secret to this story's success. Sears subtly crafts the two characters, making the reader truly care about the son and root for the Father's redemption. I will admit that the secondary characters were not as strongly conceived as Jason and the Kid, but the focus on the two far outweighed the lack of development in the others. Overall, "Black Fridays" is a thriller with heart that I highly recommend.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Review: Stranger in the Room

Title: Stranger in the Room
Author: Amanda Kyle Williams
Publisher:  Bantam
Publication Date: 
 August 21, 2012
Reviewer: Ethan

Summary: Fresh from her debut, The Stranger You Seek—which Publishers Weekly called “an explosive, unpredictable, and psychologically complex thriller that turns crime fiction clich├ęs inside out”—Amanda Kyle Williams delivers a second thrilling Keye Street novel, perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.

Review: Last year, I encountered and was delighted by the novel, The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams. Williams introduced the crime-fighting detective, Keye Street, an Asian American, recovering alcoholic, female private investigator, raised by her adopted family in Atlanta, Georgia. Street was a refreshing addition to the female protagonist sub-genre of mysteries. Combining her quirky sense of humor with a startling mystery, Williams struck gold with her first novel.

In this second installment in the Keye Street series, we find Street getting on with her life, after the events of the previous novel. The high profile of her last case has lead to increased business for her private investigation firm, so much so that she and her stoner tech guy Niel are working harder than ever before. Her relationship with A.P.D. Lieutenant Aaron Rauser is slowly becoming more serious, and life seems to be in a good place.

When Keye receives a terrified call from her cousin, Miki, about an intruder in her home, she is skeptical of her accusations. The police on the scene find no evidence of an intrusion, and, given Miki's history of drug abuse and mental illness, Keye humors her cousins claims, but has no real intention to find anything. On top of this, she is investigating a strange case for a family who received an urn of chicken feed and concrete mix instead of their dead mother's ashes. Keye and Niel travel to the small town, ironically named Big Knob, to investigate this strange event. As they did deeper they uncover a shocking conspiracy that is sure to shock the small town.

Miki's claims become validated when a corpse, fitting the patterns of a sting of murders being investigated by Aaron Rauser, is discovered in her apartment. Even worse, the killer has set his sights on Miki and Keye as his next victims. The novel takes a "cat and mouse" turn as Keye races to discover the identity of the murder before he catches up to her.

Author Amanda Kyle Williams continues to expertly mix her quirky sensibilities with hear racing suspense in this follow-up novel. Keye Street is the kind of character that you instantly fall for and root for the entire novel. The story moves quickly and consistently provides shocking twits and turns, keeping the reader thoroughly entertained. I felt that the resolution to this one was a bit too neat, but this novel is definitely worth the read.


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