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Review: The Whispers – A Novella By Lisa Unger

How do you deal with the death of nearly all you hold dear? How do you save yourself, and your one remaining child from falling into a pit of despair? And can you ever truly find life after such loss?
Eloise Montgomery isn’t sure she will survive, after her husband and oldest daughter are killed by a meth head semi driver who falls asleep at the wheel. But then, she has to survive, doesn’t she? For she still has one child left, her youngest daughter Amanda. They must both learn to survive, to put one foot in front of the other and learn to live again.
But things aren’t as they should be, in either of their lives. For now, Eloise is changed. She hears whispers, voices in the wind, leading her to the lost. Will she be able to save those who call to her? And will it destroy the faint, uneasy peace she and Amanda have found?
This is a Hollows Short Story which I received from the publisher in return for an honest review. It is a gripping short, perfect for a quick read. I looked up her work online, as I haven’t read her before, and I was pleased to see that she is quite prolific. I will be checking out her other books as soon as I get time. I do note that at Amazon there are three stories in the series featuring Eloise Montgomery. The covers say “A Hollows Short Story” for this first one, though the other two, The Three Sisters and The Burning Girl say they are “The Whispers Series” – so don’t let yourself be confused. They are all about the exploits of Eloise, so if you wish

to read them in order, it is The Whispers, then Three Sisters and finally Burning Girl.
All comments are my own thoughts though as I say, I did receive the book from the publisher.

About the Author:

Lisa UngerLisa Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author. IN THE BLOOD is her latest psychological thriller. And a brand new series of short stories (THE WHISPERS, THE BURNING GIRL and THE THREE SISTERS) will be released over the next few months, followed by a new hardcover CRAZY LOVE YOU in Feb. 2015.

Lisa’s books have named top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Walmart Book Club, Harper’s Bazaar, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Life, Publishers Weekly, New York Daily News, Indie Next and Amazon (Top Ten Thriller of the Year.) More than 1.8 million copies of her books have been sold in 26 languages. Visit LisaUnger.com.

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Review: Wink by Eric Trant – Five Star Review

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Sometimes we hear a voice. Deep at times, at times trembling on the very edge of hearing, a vibration, a whisper. A voice that reaches into your soul and changes what was there before. Rarely do you find these voices, but when they do, they are to be cherished.

Eric Trant has that voice. He speaks of the darkness in the human soul. The pain, the agony of savagery and brutality, of hopelessness and agony too deep to bear. Of the absolute depths of what can pass for a human soul. I could taste Trant’s characters on the back of my tongue, copper and brass and old, diseased blood. Smell the decay of souls rotted beyond redemption.

Yet on top of that, he layers a sheen of hope, a blue-shimmering breath of possibility, scented and yet not seen. Two children, separated by the width of a yard, and by a chasm of darkness without end. One child broken, trapped within her house, neat and tidy and real. The other living inside a nightmare with no end: It was a place where the unburied dead mired themselves between life and death. It was a place of half-living, half-dead, spiritless creatures, and except for Marty, what lived there did not walk and dwell like other living things, but crawled and crept and slithered and hid from the light.

So much of this book is lived within the ‘real world’. A world of poverty, drug addiction, hoarding, hatred and child abuse. A world of no hope, no joy, no possibilities. And then, things begin to change . . .

Thrilling, painful, heart-rending and yet hopeful. All of these things and more. I highly recommend this book, no matter if you like thrillers and paranormal, or are up for some heavy-duty literary fiction. The book walked right inside me and turned on a light in a dark place.

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