by Kerry Peresta
April 1-30, 2021 Tour
Now, in spite of a brain injury that has rewired her personality, Olivia is on a mission to reclaim her life. As clarity surfaces, and she starts to understand who she was, she is shocked.
Could she really have been that person?
And if so, does she want her old life back?
“A gripping read populated by likable characters. Peresta draws us into a colorful detailed world and makes us care what happens to the people living in it. We root for Olivia as she struggles to regain her memory, her bearings, and the identity she lost long before her injury. Excellent!”
- Susan Crawford, Internationally bestselling author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow.
“The Deadening is a captivating psychological suspense novel that will have you holding your breath with each turn of the page. Peresta has created a world chock-full of characters who are dynamic and unforgettable, for better or worse. Hold onto your seat.”
- Clay Stafford, bestselling author and founder of Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference
I generally enjoyed this psychological mystery. I was glad it is not a scary thriller in that Olivia's life is in physical danger rarely. We readers try to solve the mystery of her experience right along with Olivia and there was a compelling nature to how information came to light. I felt Peresta did a great job with the trauma and the remembering of events in bits and pieces.
I generally liked the mystery too. I do wish there had been some hints or a little foreshadowing. When the final clues are revealed, I like to think I should have seen that coming rather than feeling it is totally new information.
I do have some grammar pet peeves and this novel would have benefited from closer line editing. “A loud knock startled Sarah and I apart.” (986/3927) “He...moved Serena and I inside...” (3223/3927) A sure way to be clear in pronoun usage is to remove the other person. We have “startled...I” and “moved...I.” It's apparent that doesn't work and the pronoun should be “me.” Another issue was, “Words. ...I used less and less of them...” (3810/3927) When referring to quantified items, like words, “fewer” is used. I know I'm picky but reading the above phrases is like fingernails on a chalk board to me.
This is generally an enjoyable and engaging psychological mystery if one isn't too picky about grammar.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2021
Number of Pages: 353
ISBN: 1953789358 (ISBN13:9781953789358) (ASIN:B08SVKLMZ8)
Series: Olivia Callahan Suspense, 1
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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