Review: Stolen Truth by Henya Drescher

Stolen Truth

Henya Drescher

260 Kindle edition pages

★★★★

Stolen Truth is a modern-day psychological thriller written by Henya Drescher and expected to be released in the spring of 2020. The main character in the story is Bree Michaelson, a new mother, who wakes up feeling groggy and disoriented to find her husband and brand-new baby boy missing from their home. Immediately distraught and concerned for her baby’s safety, Bree starts contacting family and the authorities to get a jump-start on finding her missing son.

Though Bree seems to jump into action as any other concerned mother would, she is viewed with a suspicious eye due to some psychological episodes from her past. Along with her missing infant son, Bree’s husband Todd is also missing, along with her live-in midwife, Connie, as well as any semblance that they had ever existed. Does Bree actually have a husband and a new baby? Are they indeed missing? Or is this all part of her calamitous past coming back to haunt her?

Stolen Truth is an action-packed novel fueled by the revelation that you really never know anyone, especially those who appear closest to you. There were times where I felt like society was truly failing Bree and other times when I became overwhelmingly frustrated with her character’s lack of communication skills needed to get her situation handled. I was also disappointed with the way her character was repeatedly taken advantage of or disregarded by her family, acquaintances, and male companions.

Though I did have some internal struggles with the main character, I was enthralled by this story and immediately informed my sister that I had the best recommendation for her. As a lover of psychological thrillers, Stolen Truth did not disappoint and I’m thrilled to give my rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Some of my favorite psychological thrillers have been Gone Girl, Sometimes I Lie, and Baby Teeth, and this one seriously gives off the same feeling that just sticks with you long after you’re done. You don’t want to miss out on reading Stolen Truth when it’s released!

I’ve certainly had the luck of the draw for 2021 so far and have immensely enjoyed almost every book I’ve picked up. No complaints here, I think that’s the best way to start a new year. 🙂

Review: Favorite Dead Girl by Jerry Kuznik

Favorite Dead Girl

Jerry Kuznik

216 Kindle edition pages

★★★★

Favorite Dead Girl is a biographical thriller written by Jerry Kuznik. Originally published in 2019 by Notebook Publishing, the novel is 216 Kindle edition pages. I was warned before beginning the story that there were some dark themes entwined in the pages, but I had no idea what to expect once the events starting taking place.

The main character in the story is Pamela, a fourteen-year-old girl who seems to have it all. She’s beautiful and sweet, has caring friends, and is admired and adored by all the boys at school. Though she seems to have everything she could want, life as she knows it is abruptly taken from her when she’s involved in a tragic accident that leaves her with significant brain damage. By what can only be called a miracle, Pamela survives the accident and has to re-learn the acts of walking, talking, quite simply, living, without mechanical support. As challenging as it sounds, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what Pamela endures during her years, and in Favorite Dead Girl, author Jerry Kuznik features the tragedies that follows Pamela through life.

As a reader, I despise spoilers, so I don’t want to disclose too much, but I cannot express enough how unprepared I was for the amount of tragedy that played out through the novel. Though I had a warning of what to expect, the shock factor did not dissipate as I started experiencing Pamela’s story.

There were some significantly dark themes in the story that may not be appropriate for some readers including child abuse, sexual assault, graphic portrayals and language, and mention of suicide and depression. It’s difficult to read through a dark novel and WANT to tell others to read it, but my dark and twisty mind is internally screaming at everyone to read this one. And while I’m going on and on about the dark themes, let me go ahead and express that not all of the story is dark. Pamela is truly an inspiring character and after reading about her life throughout the years in the book, I feel that I know her so well. The character descriptions and personalities portrayed were so on point with the author’s intentions and I’m still reeling. It was an absolute honor to read Favorite Dead Girl and I’m overjoyed to rate Jerry Kuznik’s novel 4 out of 4 stars. I’d raise the bar even higher on this one if I could..

At the time of my published review, Favorite Dead Girl is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Review: Homeless by E.M. Duesel

Homeless

E.M. Duesel

259 pages

★★★★

Homeless is a modern-day fictional novel written by E.M. Duesel and published independently in July 2018. The main character in the story is Jeff Townsend, a middle-aged man who has quite simply lost everything. He lost his wife to a battle with cancer, and after losing his job, he then lost his home, his pets, and seemingly all he had ever known. When he’s left with no other choice, Jeff makes the move to Michigan to live with his brother and begins the journey to rebuild his life.

Jeff knew the change would be difficult, but he never imagined what he would witness in the streets of the town where he felt so lonely. The homeless population, who were deemed as bums and junkies, had gained a reputation that followed them, all while they were just trying to stay alive. Not only where there adults trying to find shelter to shield off the harsh cold, teenagers were scrounging for food and being pimped out for prostitution on the streets. Jeff was determined to help, though he was financially strained already. It would take a village to make a change in their town, and that was only the start.

Jeff’s character in the story developed substantially from the beginning of the story to the end. While he always remained compassionate for others, he managed to set his despair and grief aside and cared for others around him with admirable strength. Though the characters and their specific situations are fictional, these types of situations are real, some even worse, than the conditions detailed in the novel.

Though I can say I’ve lived a fairly sheltered life, I’ve always been aware of the homeless population in our country, but despite my awareness, the emotions this story pulled from me were unlike any I’ve ever experienced while reading. At 259 pages, I would generally finish a novel of this length in one sitting, easily. Homeless was different though- I had to slowly digest one chapter at a time in order to mentally comprehend the situations that the characters were in.

It’s hard to say I enjoyed reading such a difficult story, but I did. I’m thoroughly impressed with the author’s ability to pull such a deep emotion from me in such a short time. Not only does Homeless serve as a heartwarming tale, but it also pulls compassionate feelings that provoke the desire to do something, anything, to help. I’ve juggled the words for this review longer than usual, and despite how much I ramble on, I still feel like I’m not giving enough justice to even scratch the surface of what’s contained within the pages. It’s an honor to have had the opportunity to review Homeless, and I’m pleased to rate the story 4 out of 4 stars.

** Due to the mature language and actions within the story, I feel it’s necessary to give a reader’s discretional warning. Some of the content is difficult to read and contains explicit descriptions of violence, rape, and abuse.

Review: Julie & Kishore

Julie & Kishore by Carol Jackson

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214 Pages

Published: September 12, 2014

ISBN 13: 9780692262313

Julie & Kishore is a modern day novel written by Carol Jackson. The book revolves around the lives of Julie and Kishore- both before they met and once their worlds intertwinted.

Julie is a young, red headed, freckle-faced girl who longs to find someone who will love her just like she has always imagined. She spent time as a child imagining her perfect wedding and how everything would be planned.

Kishore is a young Indian boy who travels to New Zealand for a new life. As the story follows them until they are of a mature age, we see a realtionship develop between the two. However, there is one problem- How will Julie’s parents learn to accept her new found love, and what will Kishore’s family think about their son choosing to live a non-traditional life?

Check out my official review of Julie and Kishore by Carol Jackson on onlinebookclub.org.

3 out of 4 stars!

http://onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html