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Where the Dreams End Paperback – August 2, 2009
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"I stood alone and watched the man seated at the graveside say goodbye to his favorite son.
That man was my father. I was the other son."
With those opening words, I was pulled into this thrilling novel. Brocs, the main character, not only tries to solve the mystery of his brother's death, but also continue his own job as a Repo Man. This secondary storyline lends some terrific action and humor to the main plot.
The story flows well in a very linear fashion. I was a bit put off by the fact that Brocs' memories surface in vivid dreams, but, as he cannot remember much of his childhood due to abuse, it was at least believable.
This is a fairly fast-paced story. Even when Brocs is working on his job, rather than solving the mystery, there is plenty of action involved. Also, the author does a good job of linking some of Brocs' work relationships back to the mystery.
The suspense is heaped on throughout the story, making it hard to put down.
I found the ending, while satisfying and somewhat surprising, to have an unbelievable element. However, this did not apply to the actual solution, but to the perpetrator's actions.
Character Development: 4 1/2 Stars
Brocs Harley was not only a completely believable character, but also an interesting and likeable one. He comes across with good morals, but also has the fallibility of human nature.
The supporting characters were fairly well drawn. I do think the author could have done a bit more with most of them. The love interest, in particular, could have used more fleshing out.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
Easley's writing style is spot on. The descriptions are concise, but powerful. The dialogue is energetic and animates the characters beautifully.
The sentence structure is simplistic enough for easy reading, yet complex enough for a full reading experience.
Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars
Both were of professional quality.
Rating: PG-15 for violence and adult situations.
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Setting the mood with music, Easley's tone is both light and dark, showing her character as normal, but in a bad situation. Harley's relationship with his cat Baldwin seems like two brothers who like and annoy each other. Including Baldwin helps soften the harshness of the beatings Harley receives as he tries to help himself and others. His efforts sometimes fail, making him a human being, not a fake character.
The conclusion is satisfying, his vindication, but of course, not without pain. His is a man who is not in control, put into an unfortunate situation, trying his best, which is reality.
Easley is an author to watch, one that I think may be a rising star in the mystery genre. Where the Dreams End
I'm looking forward to more from Kadi Easley. I think this is her first book.
Callaway County Public Library