Title: The Monster (Alex and Liz # 2)
Author: Mandy Baker
Published Date: July 13th 2014
Genre: Mystery / Horror
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
When Alex’s obsession takes him to a strange town in South America, it is up to Liz and Bob to find him and bring him home. What they find when they get there is more than any of them could have imagined. Bob, still trying to wrap his head around all he learned about his friend and the world around him last year, looks forward to a new adventure to take him deeper into this newly discovered reality. Alex quickly realizes that nothing is as it seems, nor is it anything like he thought it would be. He also soon learns that even he was not what he thought he was and that there was more to Liz’s secret than she had let on.
Will Liz be able to protect the ones she loves the most?
Will they be able to find the answers and defeat the monster before it’s too late?
If I had I may well have awarded five stars. The story is brilliantly conceived, but I found the first few Chapters annoyed me in that (i) many sentences began with the same word, and (ii) when the hero/heroine got into trouble a new power was found to get them out of it: a little like the old Bulldog Drummond type of comic story where you would read and accept, ‘and with a bound he was free.’
As there only about 175 words per page in the copy I had, as opposed to the more normal, for PDF of 400 – 450 I found this a quick read, but an enjoyable one nevertheless, once I had got to know the characters. It would be better for me if there had been a preface summarising the first book when Liz discovered/acquired the powers so essential to the story.
Other than that, this is a first class mystery novel and I recommend it, especially to anyone with an interest in magic. You are, which I personally like and write like it myself, always in possession of all the knowledge and clues that the main characters have. Even with that you will still be page-turning to find how it is all resolved.
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