The Lost Days by The Black Rose is a stunning opening for the Denial Series, a highly satisfying read with huge promise for readers interested in following a character through different series. I was immediately drawn to Ives, a man in the process of coming to terms with the loss of his wife, but one who s lured into a deadly trap. When the story starts, the protagonist is reliving dramatic moments with his wife, falling into a trance-like kind of daydreaming. The conflict moves swiftly from the personal reminiscences of the important moments with his wife to the interpersonal level when he is made an offer to join the intelligence of a secret and powerful German organization. His curiosity aroused, he initiates an investigation and what he discovers could rip his life apart. What follows will surprise readers.
Ives is the kind of character who is hard not to fall in love with and it is important to see how he quickly moves from being a blasé daydreamer to a very active character, pursuing a course of action that is as unclear as it is dangerous. The book is packed with intense action and readers will undoubtedly be drawn in from the very first page. The writing is equally captivating, fluid, and laced with engaging descriptions and dialogue. The Lost Days by The Black Rose is the kind of story that will grab the attention of anyone looking for a thriller with high level intrigue. The plot is fast-paced and the author leaves no room for guessing. Readers will find this story highly entertaining and utterly absorbing. --Reader's Favorite
The Lost Days: Book One of the Denial (Part III of the Killing Game Series) by The Black Rose is a beguiling tale of intrigue and dark secrets. Ives isn t yet done grieving the death of his wife, a death that happened in quite unusual circumstances. As if he hasn t got enough on his plate, he is made a curious offer to be part of the intelligence for a secret German political organization. Curious and intrigued, Ives wants to know more about this group before making any commitment, but his investigation could be the start of the journey towards his death.
The Lost Days: Book One of the Denial (Part III of the Killing Game Series) is a well-written book that combines elements of a page-turning thriller, the gripping style of suspense, and the investigative character of crime fiction to deliver the kind of entertainment that will entertain a wide audience. The story is so skillfully conceived and masterfully written to keep the reader turning the pages till the very last one. I was fascinated by the author s prose, which is very descriptive. Ives is a compelling character whom readers will follow until the end of the book.
The author does a wonderful job in creating a pervading sense of mystery throughout the novel, and at each turn the reader has unanswered and crucial questions that make him turn to the next page automatically. The plot is fast and embellished by powerful literary techniques. Whoever is behind the pen-name of The Black Rose is a master entertainer. --Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite