Authors Showcase features small town horror, evil, and suspense at its worst.
June 11, 2013
The Book: The Secret Tree
The Author: Jeff Bennington and Patrick Bousum
The Story: When 13-year old Andy Harper inherits a secret from his dying neighbor, Mr. Beasley, he discovers how sinister the world can be, what true friendship means, and that being a hero in 1959 may cost him his life.
Grieving from his father’s disappearance and his grandfather’s death, Andy is nearly hopeless. The intrigue of the secret, and his friendship with Mr. Beasley, give him a renewed sense of purpose. But when the men who used to run with the local mob discover that Andy knows about the “secret”, they come out of the shadows and a hunt for the evil truth begins. Andy finds himself fighting for his life with his friends, committed to his promise, and searching for answers in a house haunted by a one-handed witch.
Review by Autumn N Book Reviews and Cheese: The Secret Tree is in a way a ghost story. But with a whole lot more to it.
You have a mystery such as a young boy’s dad who just up and left, and no one know why exactly. The town has some evil things going on within it. Andy is trying to fill his fathers shoes and his grandfather.
Andy’s neighbor Mr. Beasley is extremely sick and holds a secret that he has held for years. He was best friends with Andy’s grandfather and knew his father really well and Mr. Beasley has a secret from Andy’s grandfather that he has held for years.
As soon as Andy learns this secret Andy’s life changes forever! Or at least the town he use to know changes. He meets new people who help him on his quest to find the answers.
People will go to whatever links they can to stop a secret from getting out! Will Andy and his friends be caught into the crosshairs? You will just have to read this to find out. This was a really great I would say ghost story. The characters were well-written and the storyline came together perfectly. I would recommend this book to all to give a read.
Review by Jan Hunter: From the first few pages you are hooked. Drawn into the world of a small boy struggling to cope with the death of his beloved grandfather, and the betrayal of his father, you have to know how things will go for him, little knowing the huge challenges which await him. Billed as a mystery thriller, to me there were so many levels to it.
Love, friendship, parenting and survival against all odds; it’s a book you read through the night. Sometimes uncomfortable to read, especially when the odious Vernon appears, you are taken on a fairground ride, all the time holding the hand of Andy who you want to survive it all, and come out good!
Beautifully descriptive, especially Andy riding his bike in the rain. Living in England, I know just how that feels. It also gave me a real taste of an American way of life.
The Book: The Devil of Light
The Author: Gae-Lynn Woods
When young Detective Cass Elliot responds to a report of domestic violence at the home of a prominent businessman, she finds him violently murdered in the barnyard with his battered wife unconscious near the tool that killed him. Still raw from her own unsolved attack six years ago, Cass is stunned when confronted with graphic photographs scattered across their kitchen floor, and she wonders if the wife might’ve had cause to kill her husband.
A COVERT WEB OF LIES AND EXPLOITATION
Cass and her partner Mitch Stone delve into a cunning world of blackmail and violence – and find a cult concealed for nearly a century beneath the genteel, small town façade of Arcadia in East Texas. Their investigation triggers a brutal response from powerful men who will protect their identities at any cost. They unleash a ruthless killer whose actions create a media frenzy and destroy the fabric of trust within the police department.
A PERVASIVE EVIL
Cass and Mitch circle closer to the cult’s few members, following a slim lead into a night lit by fire. A night that begins with a blood ritual and ends with Cass holding a man’s life – or death – in her hands and struggling to walk the fine line between vengeance and justice.
Review by CarrieGreenBooks: The Devil of Light begins with a classic plot device of ‘a stranger comes into town.’ In this case it’s the East Texas town of Arcadia, and the stranger is Hitch, an ex-con and a murderer.
His evil nature is recognized, at a glance, by the ‘Old Man,’ the leader of a religious cult that has been operating in this seemingly quiet rural community for generations. The Old Man offers Hitch employment. This act sparks the fire that will illuminate, to the general public, the activities of the secret society known as The Church of the True Believer.
Slowly uncovering all of their criminal activity is newly promoted, Cass Elliot, the first woman detective in Forney County. She has secrets of her own and a hidden agenda in pursuing law enforcement. Her secrets and those of the town collide in the stunning finale of this book.
Author Gae-Lynn Woods supplies a well-drawn cast of characters, supplying believable motivations that move the action forward. Her writing is lyrical and eloquent. You’ll be reluctant to put this book down, once you start reading it, and look forward to the next book in what promises to be an engrossing series.
Review by Annette F. Jernigan “Library Lady:” WOW!!! The Devil of Light is a fantastic book…one of the best I have read in a long time! It is shocking that this is the first book published by this writer. What a talent!
This book was one heck of a roller-coaster ride. I never wanted to put it down, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. Hurry and download this book. It is only $2.99, and for me personally, that is one of the best “steals” I’ve ever gotten.
I want to get the word out on this writer because I see a great career ahead of her. Word of mouth is the best advertisement I know, so I’m trying to do my part. Take a chance on this one…you’ll be glad you did!