Laura is a brilliant girl with a tragic past. Her mother passed when she was born and as she grew, it seems all those she loves are doomed to die violently. She hides the fact that she seems to have strange powers, she can hear thoughts and heal injuries. Her dreams are filled with images of a monster out to kill her. To find answers she follows her dreams to her hometown, where a meteorite hit a lake before she was born. There she meets Ben, whose parents died the night of the meteorite. The pair are thrown together to discover what everything means, but can they survive the being determined to kill Laura?
I enjoyed this book, there were some very dark and gruesome scenes that almost turned me off and made me put it down, but I pushed through and was glad I did. The beginning was slow as it jumped through time filling in the back story of the various characters, then it hit its stride and packed a punch. Though moments were occasionally predictable, the story did a decent job of keeping me guessing and looking for more.
The author did a good job building the world they created and filling it with characters that felt real and honest. Laura was a survivor, but she wasn’t the plucky optimist many authors would create that doesn’t fit into this story. Ben was damaged, but redeemed himself instead of having to be saved by a love story. I really appreciated that aspect of these characters. I would read more written by this author and look forward to the next book in this series.
4 out of stars
The man could hear the child’s bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.
The man wedged his foot in the door. “What was that?”
“N-Nothing.” The nurse looked up.
The man risked looking her in the eye.
“The girl is in pain and won’t keep quiet.” She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.
“It sounded like another baby,” he said.
“It’s just the whimpering slut. Now she’s paid double for what she’s done.” The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. “Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I.” She shut the door in his face.
The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman’s choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?
He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child’s bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.
“Welcome to Earth X-10.”
The baby resumed its wailing.
The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night’s events had provided him with more than he had asked for.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books –http://www.imajinbooks.com/ ) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books –http://www.month9books.com/ ). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill (http://www.thebigthrill.org/) – magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem (http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/search/label/Donna Galanti) . She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.
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