Historical Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural
The rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Bodies stripped of their organs have been found in San Francisco Bay. Reporter Teddy Atwood gets a lead on a macabre story concerning the murders and chases the crimes to the source, one Dr. Marius Valencourt. NOTE! The mutilated bodies of five young boys are among the victims. If you object to that, don't read the story.
The story has excellent writing, an intriguing and frightening plot and a full cast of vividly defined characters. Atwood is tricked and ambushed at every turn as the explosive conflict is fueled by multiple vile or questionable characters, each with their own plan to profit from Teddy's confrontation with the diabolical Doctor Valencourt.
This story was enjoyable from the beginning, and the attraction grew more intense with each chapter. The ending was a gigantic surprise, and its revelation left me stunned and awed. The action scenes were unusually well thought our and believable.
I heartily recommend The Alchemist in the Attic for avid thriller fans.
Unfortunately, there are word problems: missing, extra, wrong and misspelled. They are minor and infrequent but annoying when they occur. In addition, there are multiple comma issues. And finally, there are several continuity issues that the author has been made aware of.
After a thorough edit this story would deserve a solid 5 star rating.
This review was provided in exchange for a free copy of the book.
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