Author – Jake Parent
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller
406 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 8/20/16
Cristina Rodriguez – recovering drug and alcohol addict now in A.A. She's divorced from a brutal, sadistic husband.
Casey Peters – surfer, shop owner, boyfriend. He's a recovering drug and alcohol addict.
Location Pleasure Point, California near the Pacific Ocean.
Cristina had a lousy childhood, ran away from home and got into hard drugs supported mostly by prostitution.
Casey was straight and at the top of his profession when he became hooked on drugs.
Cristina and her five year old daughter Anise move to the picturesque small town of Pleasure Point to escape Anthony, the ex-husband. The house they buy was the scene of the brutal murder of a four year old girl and her parents. It is questionable that the real murderer was caught.
In addition to the genres listed by the author, the story also relies heavily on the occult. The ghost of the young murdered girl appears to give Cristina clues about who murdered her and her parents. Of course, the clues are so generic they could fit any male. Then a Catholic Priest performs an exorcism to drive the ghost away. But, of course that doesn't work.
The cast of colorful characters is entertaining. Half are eccentric and downright weird.
The editing is good, but in my opinion there are far too many fragmented sentences.
The plot is weak. A development company owns most of the beach property and wants to build the city into a classy tourist mecca. Why then would they leave standing a rotting, abandoned old part of town that has become the home of large numbers of filthy, infected, hard core drug addicts? Only because it is crucial to other aspects of the plot.
Warning! Contains explicit sexual descriptions and abundant cursing.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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