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Stacy Eaton began her writing career in October of 2010 and as each year goes by, she releases more and more novels. Stacy recently took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service, with her last three in investigations and crime scene investigation.
Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter who is working toward her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and on the choral and cheerleading squads at school. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.
Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years. She continues to volunteer with them when she has time.
Beth Mikell is an avid reader and writer across many genres. She’s a native Floridian, yet at thirteen, her family moved to Alabama and as the years turned into several, she traveled to many countries such as Brazil, Turkey, and Iran. When it comes to writing, Beth likes to weave tales about love, loss, and rebuilding hope, either in fiction or poetry. She finds the most challenging part of writing to be the end—saying goodbye is never easy.
I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.
They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.
I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.
I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.
I was warned that this book was a complete mind f*ck. “It’s fine, I like dark and psychological reads” I replied. And I do. So, I started reading. Admittedly, I did wonder what all the warnings and fuss were about. Yes, it was a bit dark, but not that much. Twelve hours later, I finished totally blown away.
From the beginning of this book, I had a certain amount of sympathy for Blake. He was a normal kid with a rough upbringing, until he walked in to the house and killed for the first time. From that moment on he was. . . yeah. I totally understood why he killed that first time, and in some ways, I understood why he continued to do it.
Ryan… well. Based on his history, there was a certain amount of sympathy paid to him, but after a couple of chapters, the kid seriously began to freak me out. Big time. The games he plays with people felt cruel to me, and I was glad he wasn’t playing them with Melody, especially after she meets Blake. It’s clear that Blake is fighting his attraction to her in much the same way Ryan is fighting his – just the outward persona is different. Where Ryan and Melody (along with Sean) become best friends, Blake acts as if he can’t stand her, and that it’s a chore to be around her.
-could this be because of what he’s done, yet he has to spend time with her because of his job?
Markus – I really didn’t like him. Pushy, impatient, and basically a bit of a dick towards Melody after what she’d been through. I kept waiting for him to work out who Blake was and tell her, but no … that twist was not the twist that happened.
Speaking of twists, I only got one right, and that involved the lovely Sean. The rest… nope, blew me out of the water and kept me guessing right up until the end. And that ending! Gave. Me. Chills.
I really loved the multpile POV. It never got confusing because each character has their own, distinctive voice that I soon learned to recognise. It gave the reader a well rounded look at the story, even if it’s not quite the full story.
The New York City subway was dangerous, the parents told the three Wilton High School graduates, but the girls weren’t taking no for an answer. Kelly Singleton, soon to be an NYU freshman, and her two friends board the hazardous subway train. Several stops later, her two friends get off, but Kelly is nowhere to be found. It is the torrid August of 1984, and crime is at an all-time high. Kelly’s desperate parents turn to reporter Carol Rossi and police detective Jerry Stevenson to find their missing daughter.
This book had so much promise and potential. and while it was’t a bad book, I felt that it was lacking in something. I’ve read a lot of books in this genre, both good and bad, and this one fell somewhere in the middle for me.
The plot is an excellent idea, I mean a busy subway and a young girl disappearing without anyone seeing. It’s plausible, realistic, and frighteningly close to home in that it could happen to anyone. The characters were relateable and realistic – perfect to carry this book (obviously the second in a series, yet a perfect stand alone). Rossi is plucky, and I loved her from the moment I met her. Her heart and sympathy for Kelly, the missing girl, makes the reader want her to find her – be the saviour of the story.
The supporting cast of characters fit in very well, and it’s obvious that Hayes loves each and every one of them. It’s also very clear that she has done a hell of a lot of research into gangs and police procedures involving abduction. The descriptions and the way Hayes informs the reader while Rossi researches for herself is an excellent tool, if not sometimes a little overwhelming in amounts.
The chapters from Kelly’s POV are heartbreaking and chilling. I couldn’t imagine finding the strength to deal with what she does in such a calm way. Thankfully, none of these chapters are too graphic – Hayes errs on the cautious side, allowing the reader’s imagination to do all the work.
The reason for my 3 star (*more like a 3.75 in all honesty*) rating is the ending. It felt a little rushed and a bit too clean and perfect, which in turn, for me personally, made it feel unrealistic. I simply couldn’t picture things happening that way, and so easily. I kept expecting a twist that never came. Yet, I felt I couldn’t stop reading the book because I wanted to know how it ended.
I will certainly read more of Dorothy Hayes’ book because a) I’m a big fan of the genre, and b) it was a good book, just not a great one at the end.
PRESENTS. . .
by Kris Thompson
Release Date: November 13 , 2014
Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her.
Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends.
When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.
Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.