Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A Shattered Memory by Alan Halsey
A Shattered Memory by Alan Halsey.
A twisting suspenseful edge of your seat thrill ride!
I picked up this book because someone gave it a bad review.
There's a bit more to it then just that but that should sound intriguing enough.
This story starts out a bit strange and I might compare it to a Philip K Dick novel-for anyone not acquainted with him he did the original book the Blade Runner movie is based on. He did a lot of novels that played on themes about the mind and consciousness.
The second chapter of Alan's novel takes us into the life of Carolyn. And I confess at this point I almost put the book down. I'm glad I didn't. There was something about the pace of the first two chapters that bothered me but they are important to the story. And once I read the third chapter I was hooked.
From here on its almost like reading two books waiting for the moment that they both hit the supper highway and collide head on.
The story of Carolyn , Jerry, Samantha, Bill, Ley, and Derick is a carefully crafted tale that needs special attention to the details. As it evolves it is reminiscent of the Suspenseful mysteries of Robert Ludlum and Trevanian. The reader quickly gets the impression that there are more to these characters than meets the eyes. As the bits and pieces evolve before their eyes they can only be drawn further into the story.
As I mentioned there were speed bumps on my road to this good read. And I would warn that there is what I consider rough content that you have to read through because there is important exposition and foreshadowing within those pages.
But, I have this to confess. I know that the author spent a considerable time writing this novel- years- and I shamelessly devoured it in less than half a day because I couldn't put it down.
For all you suspense and mystery readers this is a must. You won't be disappointed.
J.L. Dobias author of Cripple-Mode: Hot Electric