Friday, May 8, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: Clusters by T.M.


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READ THE BLURB

Seven year old Olivia Baxter and her dog vanish while playing in the front yard of her family's home. After a week of searching, Olivia's body was suddenly found in the closet, even after the police had thoroughly investigated the home.

Ethan Franco is a troubled journalist working for the Washington Gazette. His inability to move on from the past has deflated the passion he had for his career, causing him to lose his edge. Frustrated with Ethan Franco, but not wanting to lose his once star journalist, Editor-in-Chief, Jameson Stone assigns him a story to cover as a last chance to prove he could be the reporter he once was.

Ethan Franco begins his investigation into the mysterious death of Olivia Baxter and other unexplained disappearances, believing there may be a connection in the cases. No sooner did Franco begin his investigation then he realizes he is being tailed by government agencies. Large footprints in the woods, strange sounds, foul stenches, and a looming government presence become pieces of the puzzle in cases of the missing.

Inspired by real events, the author of the Bohemian Grove trilogy and the Apocalypse brings forth a story that has been kept a secret for over a century -- a story that a large group of people are still trying to keep under wraps.

READ THE REVIEW


T.M. Williams brings us a story that is intriguing and definitely gives a person food for thought. I had not heard of the cluster theory, but am very interested after reading this book to look into the research she has done. She presents a plausible explanation of what might be going on.

I found it especially interesting how she interspersed real-life events with the fictional narrative. I am definitely going to be checking out some of those stories.

There wasn't a lot of deep characterizations--the characters were pretty much who they are. Jameson Stone has noticed a similarity between two disappearances that happen years apart and assigns Ethan Franco to find out what's going on--more as an attempt to snap Franco out of his depression over the death of his marriage than anything else. Franco does indeed find himself drawn into the story and this book is the story of his investigations.

There is a twist in the book I so did not see coming, and I wish there had been more explanation as to the "how" of certain incidents, but this book kept my attention and made me keep turning the page to see what was going to happen next.

I'm going to definitely check out more of this author's work. Good job!

READ AN EXCERPT

Just as Michael reached for the pot of coffee, replaying that scene in his head for the thousandth time, a noise from the back room stopped him. Claire was closest to the hallway where the sound came from and she spun around quickly, drawing her gun.

Deena shot up to her feet, her eyes bright with concern. “Who’s back there?” she whispered to the officers.

The Captain shook his head. No one was back there. Michael had checked the bedrooms just an hour before, like he had done every morning, hoping to find some missing clue as to Olivia’s sudden disappearance. Claire backed up to the north side of the hallway while Sean and Craig flanked the other side, their guns drawn as well.

The noise came again, clearer this time. “Is that a dog?” Claire whispered, her eyebrows drawn together in a deep V.

Whimpers filled the home, followed by – scratching? Claire narrowed her eyes as they made their way quickly down the hallway toward Olivia’s bedroom, with Michael leading. As they entered her room it was clear where the noise came from.

“I think that’s our dog,” Deena said, wide-eyed.

The rangers all exchanged looks. The family dog had disappeared the same morning as Olivia. Michael approached Olivia’s closet door and motioned for Craig and Sean to flank his right. He opened the door in one quick motion just as the frightened looking dog bounced out of the closet, causing Michael to stumble back at the sight inside.

Deena’s tortured scream pierced the air as she fell to the floor, crawling over to the dead body of her little girl, curled up on the closet floor.

MEET THE AUTHOR

T.M. Williams began her writing career by accident when a song inspired a story. Once she discovered the writing bug she couldn't stop. Since starting her writing career late in 2012 she has gone on to write several more novels, including two Amazon best-sellers. She writes Experimental Fiction and Non-Fiction. She is also a freelance journalist, copywriter, and public speaker.

Twitter: @imtmwilliams
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Website: www.theaccidentalwriter.com  (Signed copy available to purchase)
Blog: www.theaccidentalwriterblog.wordpress.com
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2 comments:

  1. What a great review. This sounds like a fascinating and unique story.

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