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Exit Wound (Broken Promise) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 25, 2015
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Meanwhile, someone is stalking her, leaving anonymous text messages filled with photos of what should be private moments with threats of violence to come and a debt to pay…
This should be a five star read. Brilliant characters along with terrifically written exposition should have been enough. I think the author tried to put too much in this book and I am hoping it is because it will work itself out in subsequent installments. Bea’s music was a great story hook but seems shoved into the rest of the story, especially as it isn’t made clear until far into the book that Bea went to a high school for the arts and while it is eventually mentioned that she, like her brother, is a musician and song writer she is going to college for music production which is in a whole other direction. It just seemed odd having the A/R guy bugging her the way he did. Also the twist ending should have been explosive, but with very little investment for the reader in that story-line, since it came out of virtually nowhere, it seemed to be nothing more than an excuse to have another book.
While maybe a bit more time spent filling out secondary story-lines might have helped, they weren’t really needed. Bea’s coming of age, dealing with her friends’ deaths and reaffirming her relationships with her brother and the other band members, is a wonderful compelling story made stronger by her having to come to grips with her childish behavior toward Splinter in high school along with her need for introspection into her temper and drinking issues, then seasoned beautifully with the suspense and terror of being stalked (which I will add lost all its bite because the synopsis of the book gives away the bad guy before reading even begins, leaving the reader to now more than Bea. May I suggest a SPOILER ALERT)
My instinct is to rate this book a three, however the ability of the author to flesh out the characters in a way that makes them leap off the written page and the emotional honesty of Bea’s narration leads me to think that there is great potential here and the next books will be phenomenal. Furthermore I do believe there is a young adult audience for this book.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bea’s tragic past colours the way she views the world and the people in it. Both she and her brother Ben are exceptionally talented and their drive to succeed is a direct result of their unfortunate childhood.
The story’s suspense is good and the horrific events that occur are chilling, without being unnecessarily graphic and are suitable for the readers of this genre. The connections to past events are less subtle than I would have liked but they are in the main, interwoven well into the present day story.
The ending ties up most of the loose ends but leaves enough unsaid to make you want to see what happens next.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
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