Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

An Author to Check Out

The Lonely Mile by Allan Leverone


Based on the Kindle purchase price, I wasn't expecting much of a story.  Usually, when I pay so little--I get so little.  What a surprise this was!  I was glad to be wrong.

Bill Ferguson is no one's idea of a hero, least of all his own. He's a quiet, unassuming man still reeling from his divorce years earlier.  He just wants to be a good father and lick his wounds.  While at a rest stop, Bill thwarts a kidnapping attempt by a serial killer.  The killer escapes, vowing to get revenge on the man who broke his pattern and robbed him of his latest victim.  Fortunately for the killer, Bill's daughter fits his pattern of victim.  What happens when you get in the way of a serial killer and he targets your own daughter as his next victim?

I loved that the main character was a regular guy, a plain Joe, just trying to do his best.  He has no special detective skills, no years of training in police procedures, so super-human abilities.  He's just a regular guy in an irregular situation.  It was so relatable!  I really liked the multiple perspectives of the story.  It gave it depth and really heightened the suspense to know what the killer was thinking and planning.  I found myself yelling at Bill, to warn him, many times.  The book grabbed me at the beginning and didn't let go until the last page.  It was so realistic and timely and it just begs the reader to answer the question, "What would you do?"  The story will definitely keep you guessing all the way through. 

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