Publication Date: June 8, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years? Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small home town, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.
Series: A Life of Death (1), The Golden Bulls (2)
Review: A LIFE OF DEATH opens with the adult Alex Drummond speaking with his son while working on a school project together. He’s telling his son about the year everything changed for him. Fade back and Alex Drummond is a high school senior stuck in a crappy situation. His father died, his mother remarried an abusive alcoholic, and he’s got three step-siblings. He’s also discovered a unique ability to see the final moments of those who have been murdered or died tragically by touching an object of theirs. Now Alex has to decide what to do with this ability – ignore it or learn to speak for the dead…
A LIFE OF DEATH is a haunting coming of age story about a boy whose life has taken a turn for the worse after his father’s death. When he realizes his gift, it gives him choices he never realized he had before now. A LIFE OF DEATH is intense, fraught with emotion, and powerful. The characters are masterfully portrayed and the plot tight. I enjoyed A LIFE OF DEATH greatly and I think the author has a expressive voice which will make any story amazing.
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