Updated: Mar 9
Grand Rising, Beautiful Bookworms!
This week's book was:
"Life After Death" by TJ Graham
From the back cover: "Devastated by the death of her husband of fifteen years, Mackenzie Hill manages to pull herself up from the depths of despair, dust off her journalism degree, and soldier ahead to raise their three children alone. Three years later, with the achievement of a major journalism award, her well-adjusted children happy, Mackenzie seems to have gotten her life back on track. Inside, she represses the pangs of loneliness and longing for her husband that gnaw at her heart. At the urging of her best friend, Joel Sanders, Mackenzie makes a failed attempt to explore dating. She gives in to the flirting of Keith Wilson, an Atlanta sex crimes detective, whom himself seeks relief from the cruel reality of life and death, intersections that he must battle daily. Enter Doctor Andre Quinton Lang. Following the brutal unsolved murder of his wife and daughter, he moves to Atlanta hoping to lose himself in a new city and his work, while still struggling to conquer the memories that continue to haunt him. Through chance events, Andre and Mackenzie meet, falling head-over-heels for one another. The two of them embark on what has the potential to be the loving, fulfilling relationship that they both need, unaware that in the shadows of their bliss lurks a killer who has followed Andre to Atlanta. A killer intent on rekindling the bloody act of vengeance that had shattered Andre's world three years earlier."
First Thoughts? I found this book while I was in search of thriller and suspense novels written by Black authors. They aren't as easy to find as Urban fiction and romance, so this was a welcomed gift. Who? So, McKenzie Hill is a widowed mother of 3 who also happens to me an award-winning journalist. To me, that means this book is winning from the very beginning. I love Black excellence and when it starts of right at the jump, my attention is gotten.
Her husband passed away from cancer after her twin sons were born, so she has a lot on her mind and her plate. I luv that she is still sensitive to her own feelings while pursuing her passion and raising her children.
And there's this new doctor in town that her best friend did a designing job for, Andre Lang. He has had some drama as well and is a widower, as well as a grieving father. His family has died in the most horrific way possible, so he relocates to a new city in order to try and continue on with his life.
What: A situation with McKenzie's daughter, Traci, brings McKenzie and the good Dr. Lang together to meet and they run into each other a few times after that. It seems that fate is trying to bring them together. He tells McKenzie that his wife and daughter died in a fire, but that's because he doesn't want to scare her off with the nasty details. I can't imagine meeting a man and listening to him tell met that they died violently. I would take the next exit and block his number, so I understand why he lied. That's not really "getting to know you" conversation. But those lies always come back around and bite you in the butt.
When: Suddenly, a young woman is killed in an eerily similar situation that Dr. Lang's wife and daughter were found, and the woman was found with a magazine from the waiting room of his doctor's office. It seems like his past is following him.
Where: This is where we notice another one of McKenzie's admirers, Detective Keith Wilson. He's been a connection to the goings on in the police department for McKenzie's journalism features, and he has a crush on her. He becomes the lead detective on the case of the murdered woman, and discovers the connection between this case and the case of Dr. Lang's deceased family.
Why: I will leave the rest of the details to you, but I was not expecting things to turn out the way that they did. Did Andre really have something to do with his family's death and is running from the truth? Or is there another factor that we don't see. And I can guarantee that you can't guess the ending either.
I give this book 5 Flames:
Total Float. It wasn't slow at all and the entire story was sooo good. I am a big fan of suspense and thriller books, and I love the fact that this story was stand alone. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, and the completion of this story was awesome. I highly recommend it.
Life After Death was very much a great read. It is available on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle download, free to read with your Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription.
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