Hey Guys! So today I am participating in the book tour for Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond.
This post is a review of the book and at the bottom is your chance to win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of the book!
Author: Lane Diamond Publisher: Evolved Publishing Published: Pages: Unknown Format: Ebook Source: Provided by Novel Publicity for tour Add It:Goodreads
Summary: (from Goodreads)
Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, “the devil,” terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison. Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton—no remorse—as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so. “The devil” walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed. After all, this is what Tony does. It’s who he is. “The devil” himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters. What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice. Will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his? Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton battle for supremacy, with law enforcement always a step away, in this story of justice and vengeance, evil and redemption, fear and courage, love and loss.
five out of five hearts
[WARNING: This book contains explicit and violent scenes that are not for the young or squeamish.]
criminal acts This book was simply outstanding. I haven’t read a crime novel that really grabbed my attention in a long time and so when I got hooked on this book from the very first page, I knew I was starting the journey of something very special. I loved the way the story was portrayed and the story itself. I was continuously enthralled throughout and found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and continue on with my life because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It is a book that I would pass along in a heart beat but one that I would be unwilling to provide my own copy for.
always a list of suspects Can I just say that I loved every single character in this story? I know I shouldn’t. I know that there is always supposed to be characters that I can’t stand or don’t want to read more of but that just wasn’t the case with this novel. There were times when Diana would get on my nerves but I still loved her and I know that she had a lot to deal with so it was all understandable. And that, I think, is why the characters in this story were all brilliant. They were all so realistic. Everything they felt and everything they did was so believable and it was obvious that Lane not only understands human emotions extremely well, he also did some extreme research alongside this work. I can only give him props.
I adored Tony. I loved his strength, his protection, his love and his kindness. I loved his stubborn will and his sense of justice. He was an all around character because even though you loved him and admired him, he was also a bad character. He was being unjust and there was a moral struggle within. How could it be okay to like somebody like that? I so loved Frank. He was such a great figure in the story and I really wanted to know more about him and felt so much of his emotions and pain throughout the book that I didn’t know what to do with myself a lot of the time. He was wise, stunning and amazing and I loved him.
the mystery unravels The unique style of this novel really caught my attention and I have to admit that it helped to make the book more enjoyable. It jumped from the “then” to the “now”, from character to character and while this could have made it choppy and hard to follow, it really just didn’t happen like that. Everything was clearly labelled and fell into such a specific pattern with particular plot points unravelling at the right moments that it just worked. Oftentimes I found myself urging some parts to move on faster so I could go back to where the story had left off previously but then I would end up sucked into that part of the story and almost forget where I was. It was just such a brilliant writing style and it really worked for this novel.
I loved that this novel didn’t skim over the horrid details. I’m not personally into gore when it’s in films or on television but can deal with it in books, for some reason, and it really packed a punch in this novel. No details were left out or made “lighter” for the reader and that helped to make it feel more realistic and believable. I also really enjoyed that Lane let you see things from all the different POVs. It was so enlightening and interesting and just made the story that much more appealing for me. It’s definitely not something that happens often because it’s so hard to pull off. Needless to say, I believe that Lane pulled it off brilliantly.
The cliff-hangers in this novel were really what kept me going, however. Lane really had a knack for cutting you off from the “then” or the “now” just after he hits you with a piece of information that you did not see coming. So while your mouth is still gaping you have to pull yourself to a different time period and start all over again and I really felt this brought the novel to life. There was never a dull moment and you can just see how everything is so important. Every detail was there for a specific reason, even if it didn’t feel like it at the time. This style really helped to make the end of the novel especially epic. I was so stunned and I just felt so… foolish. I should have known but Lane does such a great diverting tactic that you’re just left feeling amazed at the brilliance of this novel. (Or perhaps that’s just me?)
all loose ends tie together In summary, this book was an emotional, tense, powerful, brilliant roller-coaster that I will happily go on again, and again, and again. It was simply inspiring and clever and just really succeeded in being a great piece of entertainment. This however is not YA. It is Adult Fiction and should not be picked up lightly. I would recommend this book to crime fiction lovers in a heartbeat or to anyone who wants to read a book that really packs a punch, and leaves you thinking about human psychology and emotion. A truly amazing read that I am incredibly glad I had the opportunity to read.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review *
Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:
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About the author: I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind, with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life on Earth. Ultimately, characters move me – as both a reader and an author. It’s all about the people. When not writing, I’m Publisher and Executive Editor at Evolved Publishing. Connect with me on my website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, or via Evolved Publishing.