Authors Showcase: Puzzles & Mysteries
November 24, 2012
Caleb Pirtle III
The Book: Foreign Identity
The Author: Becca Campbell
The Story: Cold. Confusion. Fear. This is how it all begins.
Waking up without your memory in a cell and bound by chains is terrifying.
Two nameless strangers, a man and a woman, find themselves imprisoned together. With no memories of their own identities, let alone their captor and tormentor, escape is the only option. The pair faces a bizarre labyrinth of rooms and clues that confuse more than they explain. Every discovery only brings more questions.
Who captured them? Why were they taken? What does their captor want from them? What can the riddles mean?
Who are they?
Lacking allies and options, the duo must learn to trust one another. Mazes, puzzles, and even strange, lurking creatures force them to rely on their wits – and each other – for survival. But survival isn’t enough. They need answers.
Will the answers be enough? Will the truth bring them closer together, or drive them forever apart? Will discovering their identities finally bring them home?
Review by N. Smith: I just have to say that Foreign Identity by Becca J. Campbell is my new favorite book right next to Ted Dekker’s Circle Trilogy! It has all the suspense and crazy twists and turns that Dekker weaves into his stories. One book reviewer mentioned that Foreign Identity is like the tv series LOST and I would have to agree, except the ending is way better than the ending to Lost .)
I don’t want to say too much to spoil the story for anyone- just know that it is an awesome read that you wont want to put down! You’ll probably end up neglecting kids, house and husband until you finish it because you wont want to put it down! I know I did!! What I loved the most about the story and Campbell’s writing style is that I felt like I was right there with Jax and Kel. When I wasn’t reading the book I couldn’t stop thinking about what would happen next. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Best page turner I’ve read this year!
Review by Anna: Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this book. It’s listed as science fiction and there are those elements, but it is so much more than that. It really transcends any one genre.
I love puzzles and mysteries; Foreign Identity is constructed like a labyrinth. When you finally reach the center and discover the truth, it’s a real revelation.
I started to really care about the characters, which is a feat since the book begins with them not even knowing their own names. They are flawed and nuanced and their love story is believable. You really root for them.
I actually read it in one sitting. Fortunately, I am a fast reader, but I stayed up late to finish.
If you love the television show Lost, if you like your books with many layers that are peeled away, you will absolutely adore Foreign Identity.
The Book: Sacrifice
The Author: Carolyn Arnold
The Story: When the son of business tycoon Marcus Randall washes up on the shore of the Bradshaw River, Detective Madison Knight must sacrifice everything–including her career–to find justice for the “perfect murder”.
With Randall already on the radar of the Secret Service for fraud and counterfeiting, the investigation sheds new light and they require the full cooperation of the Stiles PD. But with power and money to back him, Marcus has a reach that extends right inside the police department.
If Madison’s going to find out the truth, she’ll have to sort through the lies and balance diplomacy with politics.
Review by Zach Fortier: I just finished Carolyn Arnolds novel “Sacrifice”. I rate this book as a must read. Arnold continues to be a personal favorite and only gets better at her craft. This is the third of Carolyn Arnolds novels that I have read and I continue to be surprised at her incredible attention to detail in the “cop” world.
Starting with the interpersonal relationships between partners, then dealing with the public and media and Police Departments Administrative bungling. Arnold masterfully portrays how more often than not solving a case in the real world is an incredible act of determination and stubbornness on the part of the detectives. Although Knight is a fictional character, the situations portrayed in “Sacrifice” are painfully real.
Arnold then turns her critical eye to the evidence. The techniques and markers mentioned in the novel are also true to life. The constitutional issues of plain view, and fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine all are well addressed and accurately dealt with.
I continue to be pleasantly amazed at her attention to detail. If you are looking for a fascinating Police procedural that is painstakingly researched and accurately portrayed look no further than Carolyn Arnolds works. The only way it gets more real than this is to leave the
genre completely. Five Stars and then some.
Review by DA Graystone: This is the third Madison Knight book I have read and they keep getting better (if that is even possible). Not satisfied just to bring in an excellent murder mystery, Carolyn Arnold has sweetened the pot this time with a side mystery involving counterfeiting.
Great writing, continually developing characters and strong mysteries are becoming the hallmark of Ms. Arnold’s Knight series. I may have said it before but I can’t wait for the next book in the series!