Tuesday 22 March 2016

Book Review: Annabel Lee

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From The Back:

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret's name is Annabel Lee.

She doesn't know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.

My Reflections:

From the cover of this book to the last page you will be captured by the fast paced mystery and pulse throbbing thriller. For a few weeks I had to just let this book rest under a pile of papers, because the sheer creepiness of the cover kind of scared me.

Once I got the courage to crack the cover however I was immediately hooked.
The author has a masterful grasp on giving the reader a vivid and true to life depiction of her characters, the reader truly feels a part of the plot. One of my favorite aspects of reading is to sink into a story so immensely that the world around me falls away. I must say I was impressed with this author. On a side note it was interesting to learn that the author Mike Nappa's main writing style is for nonfiction and inspirational writings. He also published other books under a female name. I am so glad that he is now writing under his own name because he is one author I will certainly be watching for.

Annabel is a character that I immediately fell for. She is one intelligent 11 year old!
Instinctively I wanted to save her from the start.
She lived with Leonard Truckson, but called him Uncle Truck. This farm was situated on the outskirts of Peachtree Alabama. Annabel's mother is dead and Uncle Truck is her sole provider, their relationship is one of trust, even though she doesn't understand everything that is happening in her young life.

Trudi Sara Coffey is a private detective with gumption, not to mention stunningly beautiful. divorced and dedicated she works hard in her firm, Coffey and Hill which is located in Atlanta. Determined to get over her past hurts she pushes forward to help other hurting people.

Samuel Hill is not proud of his past, and wants to show Trudi that he is willing to change. The spark still sheds a little light with these two characters but hurt and time have served their purposes. These two along with the help of a mute man must put their past behind them and work together to find out what happened to an 11 year old girl.

I enjoyed this thriller and was kept on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I certainly hope to revisit these characters in subsequent books and get some of the loose ends tied up.
A must read if you are looking for a creepy kind of story with many winding paths.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."


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