Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller by Julian M. Coleman on Booksprout

Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller

Julian M. Coleman

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A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes that he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and that his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must understand and then embrace the supernatural. He has to believe that monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.

General Fantasy General Horror African American Interest
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Mad Voodoo Mama

by S Lange

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Since I knew this was paranormal novel the rather sexy beginning threw me for a second…of course with that type of beginning you knew that girl was going to have something dreadful happen to her.

We meet up with Harry a police detective investigating what looks like a possible suicide. To add another layer of lunacy to things he just learned the suicide victim is a part of the possible kidnapping of a son he never knew he had. Harry is being rudely brought up to speed that his life for the last ten years may have all been a supernatural manipulation. As he is coming to grips with this and dealing with the betrayal from his partner Mason who seems to have a lot of the missing pieces of the Harry puzzle. The day takes on an almost surreal quality when what the eyes see is not jiving with what actually happened.

We join Harry on his dissent into a strange and violent realm where the players have different abilities and have no compunction for destroying anyone or anything in their path to achieving their goals. His job as a police detective is putting him at odds with his baby mama Evelyn. While they are both working to get their son back, Evelyn has a more direct approach to removing anyone that had anything to do with their son’s disappearance. Evelyn makes protective bear moms look like a walk in the park compared to her anger and pain at having her son taken from her, she will consume their will and body in her need to get Victor back.

There are hints that Harry himself may have some “special” gifts, gifts that were only whispered of between himself and his deceased mother. To retrieve their son Evelyn is immersing herself into the darker side of a life she had turned her back on. Together they are tumbling down the rabbit hole to find their missing son. Will Harry make it through this with his mind intact and will Evelyn retain her miniscule amount of humanity?

The beginning of the book was at times confusing. A few of the conversations you weren’t certain who was speaking. That thankfully resolved itself or maybe I caught on to how the authors mind was flowing after a bit. Some of the sentences are a bit confusing and clunky despite those issues the book was still enjoyable

This was book two of this series. I had not read book one, fortunately the author did a recap of Harry and Evelyn’s history and what Evelyn did to Harry, which brought me up to speed somewhat and gave Evelyn a more likeable feel. Most of the time she has a very cold, detached air about her. Harry’s flash backs of a kinder gentler Evelyn helps you warm to her a bit.

Harry is waking from his mental stupor and is beginning to get stronger and hopefully will be able to survive future revelations that are sure to come his way. Several characters are introduced throughout the story and you are trying to figure out where they fit into the story. Maybe in book three we get the resolution we are looking for with much needed answers.