June 2013

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Lorne Oliver uses words to paint pictures so raw and intense that there were times when I found them hard to read, but the characters and the story line compelled me to continue on.Sergeant Reid is a man with a troubled mind. After dealing with a gruesome, haunting case that involved a serial killer in British Columbia, he and his family are emotionally scarred. He transferred to Prince Edward Island, on the opposite end of Canada. Life was quiet there and he thought his family could leave behind the horror of the past and concentrate on healing. But Reid cannot truly bury the past that still haunts him. Both his career and his relationship with his wife have been strained, and he is not on solid ground emotionally.The peace of the island is shattered when a beautiful young woman is found brutally murdered, hanging naked in a tree in an isolated area. The people in the area are traumatized; Reid’s wife is totally freaked and begs him to stay out of the investigation. But Reid’s unresolved feelings of guilt fuel the personal, relentless drive that make it impossible for him stay on the sidelines. His determination to find the murderer becomes an obsession and he works nonstop to solve it. Temptation simmers just beneath the surface as he spends so much time with his partner on the job, a beautiful woman who has relationship issues of her own and understands his compulsion. She is a balm to the anger and fear his wife heaps on him.

Oliver gradually reveals the killers mind, portraying the life and the events that led to his instability, turning him into a murderous, psychopathic serial killer, whose arrogance leads him to a point where he taunts Sergeant Reid and puts him and his family at risk.

The book is filled with suspense, and the plot twists and turns, keeping the reader holding his breath, wondering how many more young women will die before the killer is apprehended.

Red Island was a great read: I’ll certainly watch for Lorne Oliver’s next book!

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Fissures is the compelling story of Andrew “Drew” Parsons, a young man who grew up in a dysfunctional family with an abusive father and an overprotective mother. Looking for acceptance and companionship, he became involved with a local group of drug users and thieves. While he knew that it was dangerous to stay involved, he didn’t make the choice to sever the relationship until it was too late, and he got caught in a robbery that went wrong, resulting in him going to jail for seven years.

He begins his sentence as a juvenile, still cocky, relying on his size and his bravado. When he is transferred to hard core prison he quickly discovers the harsh reality of where his mistakes have taken him. John, an older inmate befriends him, mentors him and helps him to look to a future beyond confinement. Drew does his best to stay out of trouble while inside. He uses the time to complete his schooling and work toward a university degree.

When he is released, nothing at home has changed. His parents relationship is still the same; his father is still abusive, his mother still needy and over protective. In a moment of anger, Drew’s father had unkindly informed him that he was adopted when he was a child. Drew decided that he needed to find his birth parents so he could better understand himself; he wanted to know who they were, why they had given him away. When Drew announced his intentions, his adopted family splintered even further.

Drew finds himself floundering in a maze of lies, family secrets, and heart wrenching deception. No one is who they seem to be; and there are no happy endings for anyone involved.

D.L. Hodges has crafted a thought provoking, tragic story. The plot contained material that really made me think about the importance of love and a solid support system through a child’s formative years. When we grow up in that environment we often take it for granted, but for the millions who grow up in violent, dysfunctional, uncaring homes they are left to struggle on their own. Many of them find their way to prison, just as Drew did, and Hodges painted a vivid and realistic picture of that life. Drew was possibly more fortunate than most inmates, when a man who played a defining roll in his life during and beyond his incarceration took him under his wing.

As Drew explores his past, the reader is forced to look at the role his mother played and how it influenced his father and set into motion his future. And the discovery of his birth parents is shattering. Oh what tangled webs we humans weave!

If you are looking for a “feel good story” of redemption, Fissures is probably not for you. If you enjoy a book that will challenge you and make you think; one that will hold your attention from page one; a plot that forever keeps you guessing as it reveals one more twist and turn–THIS IS A BOOK FOR YOU!


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