Author: Susan May

Back Again by Susan May

Posted May 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Back Again by Susan MayBack Again by Susan May
Published by Digital Contact on November 21, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction, Suspense, Time Travel
Pages: 379
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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"Between life and death, lies fate."

Could there be any greater nightmare than living through the death of your child?

Yes! Reliving it again and again.

A tragic accident takes Dawn’s only child right before her eyes. The following surreal days are filled with soul-destroying grief and moments she never wants to live again—until, inexplicably, she finds herself back again, living that day.
It’s a second chance to save her son. But changing fate is not as simple as it first appears. Time is not Dawn’s ally.

“She’d lost count of the number of times she’d lived through this. Every time it hurt as much as the time before. Eventually, she thought that she must become immune to the events, and that her heart wouldn’t shatter into a thousand, million pieces—
But it always did.”.

 

 
Dawn Graham had a peculiar experience as a young teen that forever changed her life. Occasionally plagued with what she called “slips” where she lost track of time, Dawn developed coping mechanisms to prevent these occurrences. Then tragedy struck and she was destined to repeat that same period of time, over and over again, desperately attempting to change the horrible outcome.

 
This was a very strange story that developed slowly, taking almost half of the book for me to grasp what was going on. Even when it became clearer, there was still much to untangle. I was hooked early but when Dawn began reliving that tragedy over and over again, the repetition became a bit tedious. I know it was necessary but lots of the details could have been trimmed.

 
Despite the tedium found late in the story, this book was compelling, reminiscent of my beloved old TV series, The Twilight Zone. It’s a puzzler that’s highly interesting, eerie and bizarre, which is a really good thing! Highly recommend.

About Susan May

I was four when I decided I would be a writer, packed a bag, and marched down the road looking for a school. But for forty-six years, I suffered from life-gets-in-the-way-osis. Setting a goal to write just one page a day cured me in 2010. This discipline grew into an addictive habit that has since borne several novels, and dozens of short stories and novellas–many of which are published award-winners in Australia, the US and the UK.

My childhood reading diet consisted of Edgar Allen Poe, O’Henry, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, plus horror comics like Tales From the Crypt. Anything out of this world like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits had me glued to the television.

Inspired by these classics, I attempt to pen tales that are simply about the story and the characters and not about fancy words or beautiful descriptions. At the end of my stories I hope, wonderful reader, that you will feel you’ve enjoyed a journey into the fantastic with a neat twist at the end.

Every day I pinch myself that I am able to do what I love and be in control of every facet of it. And I can wear my track suit pants and slippers while doing it. Bliss.

Most days I’m just an average mother and wife living in Perth, Western Australia, but this darn imagination of mine keeps constantly venturing into the crevices of dark worlds, whether I want to go there or not.


Hold Onto Your Nerves! Deadly Messengers by Susan May

Hold Onto Your Nerves! Deadly Messengers by Susan May

Posted December 8, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

  This story takes hold of you after the first couple of pages and never really lets you go. Seemingly law abiding, well adjusted people are suddenly and inexplicably committing mass murders in one town. Freelance writer Kendall Jennings, who normally does fillers for lifestyle publications, drifts into covering the story and runs afoul of the chief investigator, Detective Lance O’Grady. Both are trying to figure out a connection between the killers and their motives.   I enjoyed the hunt for clues and exploring the source of the phenomenon. It’s an unusual premise, which kept things interesting. Both Kendall and Lance have extraordinary histories that are slowly revealed throughout the story, adding additional layers to the puzzle. I sort of figured out what was going […]