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a visit to an amusement park
on May 3, 2010
DEAD ON felt like I was riding on a roller coaster. Starting out slow, it gave the reader necessary details. A man who mistakes love after returning from the Civil War. Not reciprocated, he kills the woman. The suspense starts and it becomes a time travel book.
Pop to the present and a serial killer is loose aiming his hatred and revenge on one Dr. Ann Yang, county medical examiner for Bucks County, PA. Here the book has the edge of a thriller. Slide back to 1961 for another story but it is related. Move on to the present and there are more deaths. Ann finds a diary. A diary with weird things that happen. Could Ann have lived many lifetimes and does she want to explore reincarnation? You have a slight fantasy and you may want to take notes because there is A LOT going on.
OK, keep reading. Jump back to 1902 when the diary takes place. Someone dies. There are some elements of erotica. More details. Yes, I kept reading. And no, I didn't cheat and look at the end of the book like I wanted to. So much is packed into this story. Intrigue, some ideas that are original, a possible romance, gore, sex, ghostly elements, a who's who, and a killer who is revealed at the end. And it was a surprise for me.
This story sort of reminded me of THE MIRROR by Natalia Lincoln with the storyline constantly flipping back and forth from the present to some part of the past. This can be confusing. It had some original ideas but it was too long. At 203 pages it shouldn't have felt this way but it did. Also, the f-bomb is dropped frequently so if this is not to your liking be aware.
From what I understand Ms. Jameson is currently writing a sequel. I would read it if I could borrow it from the library. Don't get me wrong, this story could have been great but there was just way too much going on. I thought Ms. Jameson was stretching herself by making it a thriller, suspense, time-travel with some ghostly elements, romance, mystery with a serial killer and gore. These are all genres that I have read and some stories with each theme I have enjoyed so I don't feel I am prejudicial when it comes to any of these topics. Five authors are listed on the back cover recommending this book and there will be some of you who enjoy it. For me, it was alright but not something I could recommend.
I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. ~Albert Einstein