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Serenity (The Shelby Alexander Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As much as I enjoyed this novel, I am looking forward to the next, so some of those characters can be brought into better focus.
Mr. Hart has managed to create a protagonist which resonates with anyone in his age bracket and a little more. The baggage one collects through life is well documented without dragging down the fast pace of the novel.
This author is one to keep an eye on.
The mystery starts out pretty early in the book, which is an excellent ‘claw’ as I like to call it. It grabs me in and hooks me until the very end! I had a suspicion who “the bad guy” was, and I was right. HOWEVER, I definitely didn’t expect the rest of the story to play out like it did. I cannot wait to read Book 2!
I highly recommend this for anyone into thriller mysteries like myself!
I discovered Hart because I subscribe to Jeri Walker’s blog; take a gander at the author interview here. jeriwb com
Intrigued, I popped onto his website and checked out his mysteries.
Note: Just my personal preference that I’m not a fan of the usage of the f-word. I put up with in Sandford and Connelly because I’ve read them for decades, but I think too many authors rely on that word when others would do without jarring me.
From the start, you get an engaging view of Shelby Alexander, who he is and who he might have been before. Events are soundly set in motion when Jenny, a well-known local, dies in his kitchen and her drug-dealing family comes to call.
The introduction of characters is smooth and they’re easy to track. I don’t care much for stories with drugs as a centerpiece, but even a drug dealer can have his moments.
I enjoyed Carly, bartender and more to Shelby. Sometimes a character such as her could come across as a generality and predictable prop. You’ll be pleased to read about her and discover an interesting depth.
Shelby’s friend, Mack, is a good addition to the story, adding both back story and fresh perspective.
The story moves along with a balance between action and dialogue. There are multiple red herrings and you may/may not be able to figure out who’s the culprit.
I enjoyed the first in this series so much that I just dumped book two, Serenity Stalked, into my Kindle.
I really thought it would have been a kick in the pants to have had Carly step in at the climax and rescue the fellows. She’s just that kind of gal.
Shelby was looking out his window as the day was turning into night and saw what looked like a bundle of rags out by his barn and then the bundle moved. He realized it was Jenny Ellis. She was the only friendly Ellis. The rest of the clan ran drugs and would just as soon put a bullet in you as talk to you. Shelby ran out and picked up Jenny then set her by the fire pulling blankets around her. She died before the ambulance arrived.
Harper Ellis, Jenny's older brother, knocked on Shelby's door the next morning and threw $10,000 dollars on the table. "I want you to find out who killed my sister." Having a keen sense of survival, Shelby agreed to look into it.
This was my introduction to Craig A Hart. I enjoyed his writing. Some of his thoughts made me smile: "behavior such as what he witnessed embarrassed him to own a dick." I've got to like a man who can clearly see and understand appalling behavior.
I liked his character development. I had a good sense of what each character was about and what prompted their behavior. The evil characters were truly evil and frightening in their immorality. I'm sorry to say I won't order the second book because it's only 178 pages. I like to read novels of at least 300 pages so I can immerse myself fully in their world.
This is my honest review, as posted on Audible.com
Would you listen to Serenity again? Why?
I believe I would. The characters, the story and the narration made for a very pleasant "read".
What did you like best about this story?
The story itself was good. But the way the characters were done was great and Mr Alexander simply rocked.
Which character – as performed by Theo Holland – was your favorite?
Hard to choose one. Theo Holland did a wonderful job with each and everyone of the characters. They came alive.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I wouldn't say my reaction was extreme, but this book had me smiling more than once.
Any additional comments?
I didn't want it to end.
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