Author – Chris Wendel
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
379 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 6/22/17
No. 31- 2017
My impressions: intense, complex, highly emotional, sick, perverted, protective, psychotic.
Valerie Hardy, age 18, Lakeland Florida.
Her parents, Jack and Marie Hardy.
Det. Becker Gray, Lakeland, Florida detective with many personal flaws.
Pen Pal, a psychotic antagonist.
Det. Jeffrey Parker – Gray's partner
Carson Anderson -slimy, despotic kidnapper.
Human After All begins in Idaho when a young girl received a disturbing and threatening letter. Four other girls received the same letter. In the future, the children’s parents did everything possible to protect their child, virtually making them prisoners under constant surveillance. The Hardies moved to Florida. Finally, eighteen-year-old Valerie Hardy had enough of living her life in fear and virtual imprisonment and put her story in the newspaper to draw the psychotic antagonist Pen Pal out in the open or prove he no longer existed.
Bad move on her part; it was a move that had unintended consequences.
Telling more would expose the main gist of the plot, but suffice to say the intensity and terror ratcheted up several notches.
During this time, the background of grouchy, detective Becker Gray came into play. He carried personal memories and scars that made him a flawed human being. Thankfully for Valerie, Gray and his partner Jeff Parker were good at their jobs.
The editing is poor with far too many missing, misspelled, extra and wrong words used. The sentence structure is good and the characters and their development are above average.
The plot and telling of it are excellent, and it is complex and twisted.
A warning for squeamish readers, there is graphic sexual content, violence, rape and cursing.
The writer is adept at wringing deep emotions out of the character’s and their personal situations.
I would like to rate this story at a 4.0 or 4.5 due to the poor editing, but I’ll stretch it to a 5.0 on the strength of the plot and writing quality.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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