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Approaching Menace Paperback – November 10, 2012
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About the Author
June Shaw is serving her second term representing Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter. She is also the Published Author Liasion for the south Louisiana chapter of Romance Writers of America. Deadly Ink nominated Shaw's first published book, RELATIVE DANGER, for their David award for Best Mystery of the Year. KILLER COUSINS and DEADLY REUNION, the second and third books in that series, well also well reviewed. Her suspense, APPROACHING MENACE, is set in Florida during hurricane season, a season that Shaw knows well living in south Louisiana. Including a little brother who's severely ill in this story adds to the love and compassion of the main character--and what she will risk to save the young boy. Shaw writes INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOVE, a sweet romance set on a contemporary plantation. In it, North and South clash as never before--and need to learn how to let their defenses down and love again. Ms. Shaw has written other books, including the delightful HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PET GHOST, which she's written with her granddaughter. She sincerely appreciates your interest and hope you will check out more of her work at www.juneshaw.com.
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She didn't realize, however, that it might become her total responsibility. Her father had left their home years ago, but sometimes would drop in unexpectedly. Her mother had been caught up in this cycle and now played the waiting game, substituting dieting, buying clothes and jewelry for herself, and slowly allowing Josie to take over total care of her brother who had kidney failure and needed constant care and dialysis pending, hopefully, someday obtaining a replacement kidney...
When she had been so distraught with the storm outside she actually was placed in a flashback situation from fear of the lightning while Colin's equipment failed, Josie became more committed than ever to increase chances that he get a kidney... She started a local campaign for help and support that was going very well, but increased even more her time commitment to her brother's issues.
One other small twist is that Josie has met and fallen in love with a local man. They have talked marriage, but with her family commitments, it would be a problem... and given her trust issues, once she discovered he had a gambling problem, that put her on edge even more!
The drama surrounding Josie intensifies when she loses her job, even though she is able to find another fairly quickly...
And it was about that time that she noticed that a car seemed to be following her...
And small slips of material, which looked like a scarf belonging to her mother, which had been in her car were being sent or left somewhere... But why send small pieces of it to her???
And that's how the reader begins, along with Josie, to get itchy about what is going on...Not enough to call the police, but still enough to be a constant aggravation to consider...
Soon, she if fully convinced that someone is following her. The thing I found about the book was just in placing the stalker on the edge of the overall life of Josie, which was fully committed, the readers will have the same lull, or involvement in her life issues that, when her life is broken by something from the stalker, it seems to be more disruptive...and slowly builds as each of the other characters are scrutinized for possibly being the one who is working to harm her...
But she wasn't the first, and even when he picked out Josie for special involvement. because of her fear of lightning, he had killed other girls and the whole town was on alert...
Then the next storm was being followed--would it head toward her area...He wanted it to because he would try to get to her at that time...She just wanted the storm to move into other areas and she not have to deal with it...
Tension is high, and readers will even become afraid because there is never a certainly on our part as to who is the stalker... Of course, the major, constant fear of Collin being caught, needing to have dialysis is on top of that endless confusion as to who would want to hurt her...
And then the storm hit and electricity was gone!
Whew! I was riveted!
But I got to say that I loved the ending..
I've got to add a special thanks to the author for using the need for donor giving/home dialysis activities as the main drama. This has been a concern in my own family and having the story provide such in-depth information has been helpful to me and, I hope, should stimulate attention to donation of body parts at time of death to help save somebody who can be saved!
plot kept dragging and there was a lot of repetition. It was
too intimate to recommend to YA yet that is who it seemed largely
meant for. The ending was very shaky. It felt like a chapter was
skipped and ended abruptly.
I received this book for my honest review.
I was given the opportunity to read this novel in exchange for my review!
I'll certainly read more of June Shaw's novels; I like how she is able to bring you into the storyline from the get-go! There is so much compassion in "Approaching Menace", along with mystery and suspense! The story is about a budding relationship between a sister and her very sick brother and killer who was stalking her like an animal!