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Dead of July Paperback – November 24, 2013
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About the Author
Sandra was born and raised in the north of England. Her over active imagination and need for adventure got her into trouble many times. She began writing stories while attending Richmond High School, which made her very popular with her peers. In 1995 Sandra moved to Colorado with her husband and daughter, and has lived there ever since. Her two short stories, released in 2009 received many good reviews, encouraging her to write a novel. Dead of July was three years in the making. Will this be the book that launches her career? We certainly hope so as Sandra has lots of stories to tell. Dead of July is a thrilling beginning....
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Top Customer Reviews
easy read - see what happens at the end-- maybe this will lead to a series as i am sure the characters have many stories left in them.
The high-level summary of this book is pretty straightforward. Our main character finds herself in a new city and almost immediately embroiled in trouble just because she tried to help out a child in need. What ensues is a mixture of violence, suspense and the paranormal.
On the positive side, our author has taken great and obvious care with her work. Seldom has an independently published novel come across my desk that is so well edited and free of grammatical and spelling problems. Thompson also has a knack for creating characters that pop with realism; these are the sort of folks I'd like to invite out for a drink sometime. They are candid, real and well-formed almost as if the author knows them in real life. I also enjoyed the way the author wove the supernatural and mundane aspects of the world together. Yes, our protagonist has contact with the spirit world but it's not the center of the story but put forth as a sometimes casual aside. This attitude lends a great deal of believability to the supernatural aspects of the story.
To the negative, I asked the author specifically what genre she was targeting because at times the book seems to drift between suspense and memoir. She replied that it was intended to be suspense and that didn't surprise me but it did reveal that she has a fairly steep hill to climb from a writing standpoint. The novel is written in the first person and includes a wealth of very specific anecdotes that in no way add to the suspenseful aspects of the novel. That, coupled with the first-person point of view, tends to squash any attempts at really building tension from one page to the next. We know a lot about the character and we can relate to her. She's very real to the raeder but it's hard to build much suspense when the protagonist seems to spend so much time doing unrelated unsuspenseful things.
In summary, I like what the author's done with this book and it has great potential but it does need some tightening up. As a reader we can see the action very vividly but the story does seem to lack the dark and grimy aspects necessary for a true suspense novel. I'd suggest that potential readers perhaps bookmark this author and wait for future installments when she has had a bit more of a chance to perfect her craft as I am confident she will. You may not be on the edge of your seat with this novel but you may well be with the next one.
With Dead of July, Sandra Thompson shows us Germany and a typical German base of the British Army. Each character is cleverly portrayed, the reader can relate. Some situations made me roar with laughter, other situations made me want to comfort Sheila. I had a great time reading Dead of July.
The book is a quick read and is broken into many chapters, which I personally like because I don't always have time for a lengthy chapter. I would have to say that, all in all, it's a great book from a budding new author, whose come a long way from the short story. I think you will enjoy it.
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