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Author Alert: Didi Oviatt’s Book Makeovers!

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Earlier this year, I had the privilege to read two fantastic books by Didi Oviatt. I’m going to be reading a third sometime in the next three months, too, once it’s ready to launch. While this prolific and creative writer works on that next book, she’s also signed on with a new publisher and has re-issued her earlier books – it’s makeover time! And what gorgeous covers they’ve come up with.

In today’s post, I’m sharing the new covers, new blurbs, some updated special scenes, and the links to get everything when it’s re-published this month. If you’ve missed out in the past, now’s your time to jump on the bandwagon because once it gets rolling, you might not catch up! Here’s a link to her dedicated author page on my blog — very few have earned this spot… but she’s definitely one of them!

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Aggravated Momentum:

The life of a seemingly normal family is shattered as long-buried skeletons emerge and dark family secrets surface.

Danger lurks so close to home. But who is the cold, calculated murderer? Can it be Markie or Kam: one of the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the wrong time?

Or is it another cowardly snake, curled in a hidden corner?

The deeper you dig, the more breathtaking the secrets you will find.

 
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Search For Maylee:

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her.

It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead, and travels across the country to find more clues about Maylee’s disappearance.

But will she be able to pry Maylee’s case back open, and what will she uncover in the process of searching for Maylee?

It’s a cold, dark world we live in, and Autumn is about to find out just how cruel it can be. But strength and determination are on her side, and she will do whatever it takes to deliver justice.

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This wasn’t the same manager that she’d spoken to when she picked out the apartment. This new guy had a much smoother and kinder face, and he appeared to be a lot younger, probably in his late twenties. Perhaps a College drop-out? Autumn speculated, concluding that he was most likely managing the place for the free rent that the job entails. Was she stereotyping him? Maybe… Did she care? No.

“Can I help you ma’am?”  His smile rang friendly.

“Hi, yes.” She hesitated, “My name is Autumn. I’m renting an apartment here. I’m sorry to bother you so late.”  She straightened her wrinkly top and fiddled with a gnawed off thumbnail before saying, “I’m just arriving, and I was wondering if you know of anyone that I could pay to help me unpack?”

“Oh, hey, yes, I heard about you!”  His handsome smile grew causing his ears to lift, and a cute little crease to form just below the right cheekbone. “Apt 22 right?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Howdy then, ma’am, I’m Jeremy.”

It was a very informal introduction yet he insisted on shaking her hand. His palm was big and his fingers were slightly calloused. A heavy free hand slapped her on the shoulder causing her entire body to jolt. He seemed like a very outgoing young man. A few husky voices rang in from behind him. Autumn could hear a couple of men laughing and joking in the background. It actually sounded like they were having a blast. She couldn’t quite make out their jokes or comments, but it wasn’t from lack of trying. A listening ear strained to make out their words.

Autumn tried, without success, to recall the last time she was able to laugh so freely.  Even with her friends, witty conversation and playful banter had been forced since the loss of Maylee. The lighthearted beam that Autumn used to carry with her everywhere, was now nothing more than a distant flicker.

It existed somewhere, but she was unable to actually grasp it tight enough to hang on for more than a few seconds at a time. Every time that lighthearted twinkle returned to her eyes, or a gleeful fire began to build in her chest, it was quickly distinguished with grief. Washed away before anything more than a spark could ignite. But, at least there was hope. Autumn was here for a reason and maybe someday she could get that light back.

Jeremy must have noticed her distraction by his guests because he tilted his head to the side, leaned into her personal space, and made a fully conscious effort to engage her in eye contact. That attractive crease in his cheek returned with the questioning grin he threw at her. Embarrassed butterflies escaped Autumn’s chest and a lump formed in her throat.

“Care to join?” He asked, pointing over his tall shoulder with a large outstretched thumb. “I’ve got a few friends over. We just finished up a barbeque. I’m sure there’s a burger left if you’re hungry?”

“Oh no,” was her very quick response.

Autumn couldn’t possibly impose on a party of strangers. The pull of her tired eyelids were nagging at her to get settled for the night, and she couldn’t help but to notice there wasn’t a female voice to be heard. This entire situation had danger written all over it. If there was one quality Autumn truly admired about herself it was a keen sense of reserved caution. After all, you’re nothing if not safe.

After declining the drink to go along with the already turned down burger that her stomach was very loudly cursing her for, Autumn again asked for help. Jeremy shouted over his shoulder toward the kitchen causing her to nearly jump out of her skin.

“Hey guys,” he yelled at his guests without taking his eyes off of her. The smile he had remained intact.  “I’ve got a quick job to do for a tenant, wanna’ help?”

Autumn’s eyes widened in fear, her feet shifted nervously beneath her, and she struggled to find words.

“I… Um… I can find someone else, really.” She hesitated.

Jeremy leaned forward and whispered, so that no one else could hear.

“They really only look scary, and they might smell, but they’re harmless, I assure you.” He said with a wink.

The three men that entered the room caused Autumn’s mouth to open, just a crack, and her shoulders to lower with the air that escaped her. An awkward rush of defeat crawled up her legs and stopped in her neck, threatening to drain the very life from her. The first man in sight was clearly older than Jeremy, by at least five years – was her guess.

He appeared to nearly double Jeremy in weight, and not the unhealthy kind either. There wasn’t an ounce of blubber to be found, only the thick hard kind of weight that most men only dream of developing. His hair was light, short, and squared off in a boxy type cut that had a weird way of making the muscles between his neck and shoulders look even bigger. A superman symbol was tattooed on his neck, just above the collarbone. It was the first tattoo Autumn noticed but definitely not the only one in the room.

Two more men emerged from behind the giant. One looked a lot like Jeremy, with the same smile and an identical crease below the cheekbone. It wasn’t really a dimple so much as a handsome dip of the skin, or a glorified wrinkle in the perfect spot.

 

Author Bio & links:
Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her  thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day-to-day lifestyle.
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Relentless: (a) ‘a force to be reckoned with’ or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Didi Oviatt

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work.

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Hello there This Is My Truth Now readers (and hi Ryder!).  Allow me to introduce myself before I proceed to barge my way into Jay’s blog for the day. My name is Didi Oviatt, and sometimes I consider myself to be a professional make believer. I write suspense novels and short stories, but to stop myself from getting carried away by talking too much about myself, which I’m good at *wink wink* let me first dive into Jay’s 365 word of the day!!

I think I’ll follow the lead of Chauncey Rogers. In his Author Alert on Jay’s blog last week Chauncey chose the word of the day (chicken), and did all the breaking down of this word rather than letting Jay do it. Now, because this is the big Book Blog Tour banner month for James J. Cudney’s novel Watching Glass Shatter, I feel like he could use the break today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Yes, totally. I am grateful to you!]

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I’m choosing the word Relentless! I love this word, and for so many great reasons.

The word relentless is really a force to be reckoned with. It’s an adjective and it’s very definition states: oppressively constant; incessant. Some of the official synonyms listed for the word Relentless are: Persistent, constant, unabating, and even never-ending.

See, I told you, it’s quite a powerful word, right?!

Today when I think of this word, the very first thing that comes to mind is Ryder and his relentless love of chasing birds. The second thing that comes to mind is Jay and his relentless dedication to this perfectly executed blog, along with his relentless love for writing and producing such amazing literature and blog posts. Jay, you’re a fantastic human and I couldn’t be any more grateful to be here today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Shh, I’m just me!]

The third thing that comes to mind with this powerhouse word of the day, is the character is my new release. Her name is Autumn, and the book is called Search For Maylee. You see, Autumn’s niece Maylee vanished. The last time anyone seen her was three years ago right after Autumn dropped her off in the parking lot of her High School. The case file was eventually placed on a dusty old shelf to grow cold and forgotten, yet Autumn refuses to let it go and give up. Autumn is RELENTLESS!

Autumn fights through her fears and anxiety in order to take matters into her own hands. Upon tracking down a current address for an old lead, she sells everything she has and moves across the country to find him…. and watch. Autumn has no intention of confronting this man, but rather to stock him in hopes of finding anything that might lead her to Maylee. What Autumn finds is far beyond anything she could have imagined. And, because of her relentless dedication to finding her niece, she continues to push through no matter what heart wrenching circumstance is wedged in her way.

[Alert Interruption from Jay — See, I told you she’s awesome and generous and cool! Now follow her site and blog to get more great deals and news in the future!]

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To see more about Didi Oviatt on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. You will also see my review at that link — and let me tell you, it was a GREAT Book. You won’t be disappointed and you may just find a new favorite to follow.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Book Review: Kalorama Road by E. Denise Billups

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After reading a few articles written by E. Denise Billups in Conscious Talk Magazine, I found myself intrigued with her writing style and voice. After some research, I noticed she’d written a few books, so I selected the one that appealed to me the most, Kalorama Road. If you’re a fan of mysterious character connections, someone with memory loss trying to unearth what happened during a missing 24-hour period, or a subtle tense feeling of “uh oh” while reading, you will definitely enjoy this one!

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The story takes place in modern day NYC (blocks from where I live) and the Washington DC / Virginia area. Allie, an editor at a big publishing company, can’t remember what happened one night at a party during her college years. She remembers being invited by a strange girl, showing up and seeing some peculiar behavior, but then all she knows is that her roommate saw a handsome guy drop her off the next morning. What happened overnight? Well… Allie’s been getting monthly text messages and emails asking her what happened at Kalorama Road that night. They scare her but also intrigue her. Is it someone else who doesn’t recall? Is it someone who wants her to remember? Is it the person who took her there who has since disappeared? It all begins coming back together when she’s let go from her publishing job and begins writing a blog. Someone submits a book for her review but it seems like a real life mystery, then it begins to resemble her own experience at Emsworth University. Allie never told anyone but she’s compelled to reveal all the details to her former colleague and the former roommate. At the same time, Allie’s sister has a secret she wants to keep hidden and a new man enters Allie’s life that seems very familiar. How does everything come together?

The book jumps back and forth between a few main characters, sharing their stories and actions over the course of a few weeks. We see a few memories from the past and learn who is really connected to who. As each chapter unfolds, a piece of the puzzle gets more clear but also opens up more confusion to leaf through. Throw in a powerful senator and his family, a suicide, a newspaper reporter trying to find out what happened in the past, a murder, and a family with a large endowment given to the university yet some secrets worth protecting, there’s bound to be a few explosive moments. What a wild ride, both in terms of how all the connections are revealed and in the build-up of tension between all the new people suddenly just appearing in Allie’s life as she’s trying to solve the puzzle of her missing memories.

Billups drew me in from the first few chapters. I’m a sucker for a lost memory story, but when it straddles that line of “oh, this seems obvious” but then throws you a curve where you’re like “wait, WHAT?” it’s even more appealing. It takes a lot to plan a story where you reveal things bit by bit. It’s also difficult to cover a story from multiple points of view without confusing readers. Billups handles both with great aplomb and talent, as it came together solidly without any concern.

Her character sketches of different women and men in their 20s, living in NY, were on point and realistic — there were moments were they annoyed me because of typical behavior, but that’s a good thing as it means Billups has evoked intense emotion and a strong connection to the story. I enjoyed the slow-build romance and potential eerie connections with her new friends, but I also could tell she had some blinders on when it came to all the ‘coincidences’ going on in her life. And there’s an explanation for it… as the tidbits of history we learn about Allie and her sister’s lives growing up clearly show why they act the way they do now. A great way to make things seem quite reasonable in a story that has you guessing who to trust.

I’m quite intrigued by what else might come from the author’s clever mind. I’ll be taking another look at her previous books and seeing if I can find out what’s coming up next… as I’ll definitely be reading another one this year. And I don’t want to wait a year for another book! 🙂

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Posts from Day 5, 6 & 7

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As mentioned over the weekend, a 7-part series interview with Sophie @ Beware of the Reader… Check out days 5 thru 7 in the links below! It’s been fun seeing which questions she uses and posts each day!

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Drum roll… Part 5 of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview! Do you want sexy writing tricks? Ok maybe not sexy but brilliant!

Hi Dear friends!

I hope we did not bore you to death yet because today’s post is really interesting if you plan to write a book one day or are just curious about the backstage work of writing!

Where Jay gives some writing tricks that could inspire more than one!
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Part 6 of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview: how to build a diabolical plot!

Hi dear friends,

We are nearly at the end of Jay’s interview!!!!

When we FINALLY get a glimpse of Jay’s diabolical scheming mind! And …was it worth it or rather “much ado about nothing”?
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This is the end! Final part of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview. Some fun today.

Hi dear friends!

Final post for Jay’s interview today….

After having been grilled for a whole week Jay can finally have some fun!
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Background: A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Posts from Day 2, 3 & 4

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As mentioned over the weekend, a 7-part series interview with Sophie @ Beware of the Reader… Check out days 2 thru 4 in the links below! It’s been fun seeing which questions she uses and posts each day!

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James Cudney alias Jay interview: Part Two. Did you know Jay nearly died at a tender age? No?

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James Cudney alias Jay Interview Part 3: Jay the daredevil?

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What triggered this leap of faith? Quitting what I guess was a well-paid stable job to live your dream? Read the full post here.

 

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4th post of James Cudney/Jay’s interview…cooking secrets ..no writing secrets!

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How did you work for Watching Glass Shatter? Did you think the characters first? Had post it everywhere with their character’s trait? Did you write the skeleton of a plot? Something else? Most definitely the… click here to read the full post.

 

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Background: A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Day 1

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A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

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A quick preview but click the name to read the whole post. And check out her graphics below!!!

Interview of an Brilliant Mastermind: James Cudney alias Jay: Part 1

Dear readers,

Prepare to be knocked off your socks!!! Why?

Because James Cudney alias Jay author of Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure agreed to asnwer my questions and, true to his writing, delivered a masterpiece!

He tells you ALL, the naked truth! And he played my game: writing some parts like he would a novel.

Results?

He sweated blood and tears for three hours to answer!!!

Father Figure: Book Blog Tour Re-Cap!

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Hello! For five days from June 4th thru June 8th, Reads and Reels hosted an amazing book blog tour to help promote Father Figure across the world. As part of this fantastic week, we held a giveaway and will be announcing the winner tomorrow via Reads & Reels Blog. In case you missed any of it, or want to see a single link with all the wonderful posts, you can find them below or on my author website. We may have a few more reviews being add this week due to some delays, but I’ll update if anything new is posted in the next few days.

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I’m so grateful to everyone who participated, especially to Shannon at Reads and Reels, for making this a spectacular week. I’m thrilled with all the reviews and absolutely stunned at the beautiful sentiments, feedback, and shares from friends and followers. I’ve also met a few new bloggers which is always a great way to kick start a new friendship and connection over books and reading. You’ve truly made my welcome home from vacation remarkable and brilliant. THANK YOU to everyone…

June 4th

Reads & Reels (Promo)

Julia’s Picks (Review)

Splashes into Books (Review)

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)

Valerie’s Musings (Review & Interview)

June 5th

Jessica Rachow (Review)

The Book Collective (Review)

June 6th

Beware of the Reader (Review)

Nesie’s Place (Excerpt)

June 7th

Alternative-Read (Excerpt)

Crystal’s Book World (Review)

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)

Audio Killed the Bookmark (Review)

Bobo’s Book Bank (Excerpt)

Jennie Reads (Review)

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review)

June 8th

By Hook or By Book (Review)

Port Jericho (Review)

Sinfully Wicked Reviews (Review)

Globe Flowers Blog (Review)

Life at 17 (Review)

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Blog Tour Organized By:

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Book Review: Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton

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Starting off this review by saying it’s right around 4.5 stars for this one… Everyone once in a while, a writer truly catches you off guard with either a story arc or a plot twist. It’s especially powerful when it’s a new writer you’ve not experienced before. And that’s what happened when I picked up Last Girl Gone: A Laura Chambers Mystery by J.G. Hetherton after it was provided to me earlier this year by the publisher, Crooked Lane.

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Laura Chambers, a reporter who’s been fired from a big-time Boston paper for doing something bad, is the main character in this suspense thriller series. Eventually we find out what happened, and all I have to say is… yikes, we better revisit that story as it doesn’t feel like it’s quite over yet. She returns home to a North Carolina town where she has been working at a local paper for about a month. She’s being treated poorly by a real jerk of a colleague, has a horrific mother, and now a serial killer is fascinated by her reporting. But it doesn’t start there… we open with a young girl being kidnapped nearly 40 years earlier, then we figure out we’re decades forward in Laura’s story. It’s connected somehow, but it takes 2/3 of the book to get there. And when it does, you’ll definitely enjoy the connection. But trust me, that’s only the beginning!

For some reason, this book really talked to me. I felt Laura’s pain given how everyone treats her (tho she can give back with full force). Writing quality is strong. I’m not sure how much I particularly like Laura yet–or understand why she is still living at home / tolerates her mother (other than money)–but I’m hoping it’ll get fleshed out in the next book in the series. The book has a bit of everything and quickly pulls you into the action. It also ends with a bang and a very twisted story. It’s the perfect genre with an out-there-over-the-cliff-edge plot, yet I totally see it happening in a weird sorta way one day.

I look forward to reading more from the author. He builds creepy characters and creates rousing suspense, especially when Laura goes after the killer basically on her own. And the title is such a play on words — always like seeing that when the book is over and being analyzed. Kudos and thanks to Crooked Lanes for sending me this book. Definite spot-on read for me!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.