The first review is for the recently published book by Sandra J. Jackson – Playing in the Rain ( Escape Series Book 1).
There’s nothing harder than pretending to be unaware, robotic even, but that’s exactly what A2 has to do once the drug starts wearing off. Constantly being followed by the camera’s red eye, A2 is mindful of her every move as she tries to understand where she is and why. Things get more complicated for her when she is introduced to another robotic girl.
Who is she and how did they both get there?
A recent review for the book
“Both Bethany and I realized that the room was transforming into our tomb.”
Though the author has been talking about this book for a while, the content and subject matter always seemed a bit vague, and now I understand why. For almost a third of the book, along with the protagonist, at first known only as A2, I wondered what was going on. It’s deftly done, involving the reader in her plight, and her thought processes concerning her circumstances. Those circumstances encompass who she is, where she is, how she came to be there, and perhaps, what she is. Is this Science Fiction? An involving tale of captivity? Is it both, or neither?
The important thing is that the reader is involved. In this type of tale especially, the narrative either needs to have great movement, or involve the reader until they’re invested in the outcome. There is a little of the former, and much of the latter, which is a good balance as this moment-to-moment, day-to-day narrative could become tedious if not well written. It skirts the edges a bit for a very brief time, but from the halfway point forward, there is a gradual mounting suspense. While it never reaches a fever pitch, it does become enthralling, and exciting.
It is that instance as a reviewer, when revealing too much can ruin this for the reader. Basically, there is a hospital or lab called C.E.C.I.L. at which A2, and then B2, find themselves trapped. There are drugs and cameras, and only hazy memories. Someone named Jasper becomes an ally, or does he? Who is Cecil, what is Cecil, and why is it imperative that A2 not reveal that she’s become self-aware, and is beginning to remember? She remembers her name, then recalls who B2 is, and her name. A2 finally recalls enough to work out her own age, and that of B2, only multiplying her questions; questions she cannot ask:
“What is this place? Who is watching us? Why do we have to act like we’re robots?”
There is a breakout that is not their salvation, just a different, creepier venue. A necklace, a cabinet, a window high up which reveals the woods outside, all offer hope. There is a moment when all hope appears lost that is quite poignant in this nearly claustrophobic narrative. The ending was terrific, being satisfying and complete, but at the same time promising more, as we need answers to other questions. It also left me back at point A, because I still wondered if this was in the future — because of some revelations about their captivity I won’t reveal — or something more diabolical.
I really enjoyed this, the first third and the last third the best parts for me. It’s bereft of blood and gore, yet has a quiet tension, and the threat of danger. It captures the boredom and restlessness of any captivity, and the very human need for hope. This is the author’s second book, and it really shows. This is a nice piece of storytelling, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, to find out more. I purchased this from Amazon Australia on Kindle. Highly recommended!
Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Rain-Escape-Book-1-ebook/dp/B075NN3HQ4
and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075NN3HQ4
Also by Sandra J. Jackson
Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sandra-J.-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sandra-J-Jackson/e/B00UZJO5DY
Read many more reviews and follow Sandra on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13681910.Sandra_J_Jackson
Connect to Sandra via her website: http://www.sandrajjackson.com
The next author with recent reviews is Kim Cox for her latest release in October Love’s Endurance
Twenty-eight-year-old, Madison Barrett, and her husband, Eric, decide it’s time to start a family? She’s young. She’s healthy—until she gets news no woman wants to hear . . .
As the holidays come, it becomes harder for Madison to deal with her situation.
I enjoyed reading this story. Eric is definitely a keeper, he is so patient with his wife and her antics. Maddie, I felt sorry for her and understand why she had such a difficult time but her actions were jaw-dropping, lol. She completely shut down on her husband, he was so devastated but he loves his wife even when she has a mental break down which is just what I felt happened to her. Eric’s love for her endures this storm, strengthens and encourages his wife. Excellent writing and realistic example of how losing focus on your helpmate can strain the relationship but with a man like Eric who loves his wife unconditionally, that tight rubber-band may be stretched but it won’t pop.
Madison Barrett ha a wonderful life. Her husband loves her, they have a beautiful home. Both of them have occupations they have a pasion for. Now all she needs for a perfect life is a child. They are both ready and looking forward to starting a family together.
But then she gets news that sends her into a deep depression. This is one woman’s journey in deciding what she wants and how to get it. I laughed and I shed a few tears. For such a short book it is well-written and packs an emotional wallup.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Endurance-Kim-Cox-ebook/dp/B076H8VBZS
A selection of other books by Kim Cox
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kim-Cox/e/B004WFKDAG/
Read more reviews and follow Kim Cox on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1065068.Kim_Cox
Connect to Kim Cox via her website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com/
The next author with reviews coming in for his recently released memoir What Did I Do? is Chuck Jackson.
What Did I Do? is Chuck Jackson’s true recollection of the abuse he received from both his parents. It is a story where he spent years struggling to please them without succeeding. It is a story where they told him he was irredeemable and unworthy of being their son. When he saw love and happiness in other families, he wondered why not his.
Chuck came out of the darkness to expound on the stigma attached to child abuse. He admitted to the affects of shame, anger, guilt, and depression that he and so many experience. He tells the story of survival where he felt invisible. Follow him where he sought a warm touch and a kind word of praise. Follow his desperation for love from anyone. Follow Chuck’s story and help answer his question, What Did I Do?
Two of the recent reviews.
This story is a remarkably sensitive account of how a young man who travels on his own personal journey of acceptance while dealing with his own parents’ prejudices and bigotry. Any person coming out of the closet and any parent dealing with a child who is different need to read this book.
Knowing the author and then reading his story is incredibly enriching. That anyone could go through what Chuck Jackson went through is a miracle in itself. It is a powerful and fascinating story that parents AND children of age should read. Abuse seems to seep from generation to generation and it destroys lives in the process. It has to stop. Books like “What Did I Do?” help immensely. I feel enriched that I have heard his story.
Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/What-Did-I-Do-Memoir-ebook/dp/B073R2B3RK
and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Did-Do-Chuck-Jackson/dp/1548327166
Also by Chuck Jackson
Read all the reviews and buy both books: https://www.amazon.com/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chuck-Jackson/e/B01IX2PBEG
Connect to Chuck via his website and blog: http://www.chuckjacksonknowme.com/
Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will explore the authors and their books further. Thanks Sally