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All Those Broken Angels Paperback – September 8, 2014
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-A complex, intense mystery that surprises and chills.- --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Peter Adam Salomon graduated Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a BA in Theater and Film Studies in 1989.
He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, was published by Flux in September 2012.
His short fiction has appeared in Demonic Visions I and II and he was the featured author for Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition. His poem "Electricity and Language and Me' appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop in December 2013.
He was also a Judge for the 2006 Savannah Children's Book Festival Young Writer's Contest.
Peter Adam Salomon lives in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife Anna and their three sons: André Logan, Joshua Kyle and Adin Jeremy.
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Top Customer Reviews
Salomon seizes control of the dread inherent in the story and magnifies it, resulting in one of the best ghost stories I've ever read.
The wonderful title, great cover, and interesting description sold me on this book. It sounded like a perfect mystery with maybe a hint of the ghostly about it. The first few chapters flew by with getting to know Richard and the trouble, perhaps psychological, he was still dealing with a decade after losing his best friend Melanie. Directly after she disappeared Richard was visited by a "shadow" in bed. The shadow, and its burning touches, have been with him since. When the character of Melanie enters the story and Richard has such a devastating reaction to her in class I thought the mystery was about to kick into high gear. It seems Melanie had been whisked away to safety by her mother, to keep her from her father. Her mother has died and her father has found her and brought her home to start a new life together.
But then, slowly, I realized there wasn't any kind of psychological problem with Richard; it was a supernatural problem which centered on the shadow, and this shadow has a hold on him. It doesn't like him being around girls and it certainly didn't like Melanie at first. There is even a scene where Richard becomes possessed and is strangling Melanie. I'm all for a good supernatural story, and it was still a mystery, so I kept on. And then the shadow seems to take to Melanie as well. Maybe it's me, but I didn't ever grasp the reason why Richard's shadow visitor burned him and Melanie's turned her cold; if it was explained anywhere I missed it. The shadow gives artistic boosts: Richard paints better when the shadow guides him and it turns Melanie's singing from merely good to phenomenal enough to break glass and enthrall the entire school. Really? So what is this shadow? What is its purpose beyond upping artistic talent? All Richard knows is that the shadow isn't Melanie, which he used to believe.
I was still hopeful for the mystery when young girls began disappearing. Richard's search for who the shadow was in life has him interested in the missing girls and he begins to look online for a missing Melanie because the shadow has told him in several different ways that she is Melanie. This is where things started to unravel for me. Richard doesn't know the snatches of the living Melanie's memories that the reader knows, and he is being led about by the shadow to a mass grave in a park which he recognizes from his art. Meanwhile Melanie has been fending off Logan, a boy at school, who likes to handle her diaphragm a little too much. Richard settles on a Melanie Bellemeade, missing, as the identity of his shadow, and the living Melanie assists him in trying to prove it.
The ending takes the reader from one active crime scene to another. The first tries to make sense of the living Melanie's memories and brings in a character we've met earlier. Richard is led by the shadow to the scene where it is the supernatural and not the characters themselves that enable the escape. Ah, police and parent arrive and all is well, right? No. We must go to another active crime scene, out at the park, where another known character has two girls on the ground at the site of the mass grave. What do Richard and Melanie do? Besides having their vocal chords taken over to say a few words in unison, nothing. The shadow once again does the rescue work and in a very B Movie kind of way. If the shadow had this power, why did it wait for so long to exact its revenge?
There is no real resolution in this book. We are told this, this and this happened, with melodramatic language, but we aren't told why, not really. We are given a hint that the police want to know why the same kid can not only find a mass grave but also call them to two active crime scenes in one night, but it's just a hint. We have no idea why the police don't wonder about two dead bad guys at the first scene and none at all at the second. We don't even know the fate of the missing Melanie, we only hear Richard's suspicion of where she's buried. There are fans of over-the-top supernatural who will love this book, but it has left me as cold as Melanie's shadow.
Richard as 6 years old when he was playing hide and seek with his best friend Melanie. After counting to 100, he turned around to find her but she was never found again. A shadow/ghost suddenly appears in his room that night and he knows it is the ghost of Melanie and lives his life excluded from anything else in life except his relationship with the ghost of Melanie.
Richard's loner status and erratic behavior have led him to find release in his art work. The dark passion of his art has him accepted into an art school and at the age of 16 a new girl appears claiming to be the Melanie of his past that was a missing girl.
The suspense is immense as there are so many events tangled together. This book is interesting because it could very easily be dissected as not being very well done in sections, but in its entirety, the book is well done with depicting the mind of Richard as the events unfold. 5 Stars for me.
*I received a copy of this book for free from the Goodreads Advanced Reader Giveaway