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Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

She doesn’t know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He’s been trailing a man for a decade — a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill — and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery — before it’s too late.

My review:

Great suspense. I was genuinely riveted until the end.

When I first saw the cover of this book, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. I don’t know many of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, but what I do know is dark and sometimes creepy. From the cover, I was a little concerned that this story would be that way.

Then I read the summary and read some reviews and thought that I might like to give the story a shot. There was lots of suspense and mystery, which I really loved. It was a story that kept me reading. If it had been a movie, I would have covered my eyes at some points. It was suspenseful and intriguing, then it became violent. After that it became creepy, and then the roller coaster ride came to a satisfying end.

I could have done without the violence and the creepiness, but I will say that the story was so well written that even those parts completely held my attention.  This story is written from three points of view and I really enjoyed getting to know all three people.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The story was riveting and suspenseful. I also really liked the three main characters.

What I didn’t like about this book

Some graphic violence and the creepiness of the bad guy.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes and no. Even though the graphic violence was a small part of the story, I would not recommend it for those who don’t want to read any. If this were a movie, I would have rated it at least a PG-13 for that part. This is the first book in the series and I will be reading the next one because the suspense was really good.

Note: I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Mike Nappa, Amazon page

-Loraine Nunley


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