Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Life of Death by Weston Kincade

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.

Every once in a while, a book takes you by surprise and you are frozen, unable to move until you devour the whole thing.  That's what happened to me with A Life of Death.  Kincade originally published A Life of Death in episodes, but I was able to get all four at once - thank goodness! If I had had to wait after the first one, I probably would have bitten my nails to the quick and that's a nasty habit.

 I really was empathetic to Alex, he's picked on at school and by his alcoholic stepfather.  Not to mention that he lost his father to a drunk driver years ago or that his step siblings are just as bad in their own ways.  When he begins to see things when he touches items of the dead, Alex knows he has to act on the knowledge he receives, but how will it be perceived? He already is beaten regularly, add the unbelievers to the mix and he may not live through it.

A paranormal young adult book that will keep you riveted, cover to cover.  At times the storyline is intense and others, more lighthearted, but throughout, I was really hoping that Alex would find happiness and acceptance.  I can't wait to read something else by this exceptionally gifted author! A Life in Death deserves five stars - it's that good! Highly recommend!!

The kindle copy for the first episode is free right now on Amazon

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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