“Abby Craig’s worst nightmare has come to life…
When an old friend suddenly reappears, a mysterious darkness begins to hound her. Shadowy truths will claw their way to the surface to finally see the light of day. Life and death hang in the balance when a long-buried secret refuses to stay dead.
As Abby’s black and white world spirals down into a treacherous sea of grays, she is forced to confront the evil stalking her before it consumes everything she loves.”
Jools Sinclair is an author from Bend, Oregon which is also the setting for the 44 series. Along with continuing this series, she is working on the first book in a new paranormal series.
I am so glad 44 showed up as a recommendation for me on Amazon back in November of 2011. The eerie cover and book blurb grabbed my attention. The fast-paced story of Abby’s visions — a result of drowning and being declared dead for 44 minutes — drew me right into the story and had me eagerly waiting for the next six books. Ms. Sinclair’s descriptions of the Bend, Oregon area and knowledge about activities available there bring the setting alive. Several of my friends began reading the series and were just as involved with the story as I was. Three of us are reading the books together, discussing the events, and making predictions for the future.
In book seven, Abby continues to harness her ability to deal with her visions and her relationships with Jesse and Ty. One of the strengths of this series is the fully developed secondary characters. My favorites are Abby’s sister Kate, and her co-worker and friend David. What happens between the brothers Dr. Ben and Dr. Nathaniel is chilling. A new intriguing character is introduced that I suspect will be important in the future. Ms. Sinclair’s use of current social constructs enhances the plot and gives the story a realistic, happening-right-now feel. I really enjoy the parts of the story detailing Abby’s culinary skills. I am a foodie, so these moments are mouth-wateringly fun! I am reluctant to share more specific details or give too many clues about what happens, as it could ruin the suspense for other readers.
My only disappointment is my sadness at reaching the end of the book and having to wait for the next to revisit these characters. Ms. Sinclair’s mix of paranormal abilities, evil characters, romance, and normal life routines makes for an addictive read. I look forward to seeing what is in store for everyone next time. The waiting begins again.
Added for Reprise Review: Forty-Four (Book Seven) was a nominee in the Paranormal Romance category for B&P 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran April 14, 2013.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: Fredlet
Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words