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Book Review: The Storm by Dan Jolley

I met Dan Jolley at a convention a couple of years ago, ironically right after I read the first Gray Widow book. That was the first book in a trilogy and I devoured them. I was sad to see the characters go, but I was curious to see what Dan would do next. What he did next was a book called The Storm.

The Storm will take you to the small town of Red Springs, Georgia, a town that is full of old hate and racism, where something truly disturbing is uncovered after a tornado rips through a section of the town. That truly disturbing thing being a torture dungeon that appears to still be in use. The story focuses on Zandra Seagraves, the first ever black sheriff, and her investigation into who created this room. She will have to deal with obstacles left and right from the community that has never truly accepted her, as well as the simple question of "is she already too late to find who this monster is?"

I have to admit that once I really got into the book and the amount of racism and bigotry started to ooze through the pages I almost had to stop. It isn't that I think that these qualities being shown in a Georgian town were over the top, but it was because of the fear that these amounts were probably on par with certain corners of the South. Thankfully I did decide to keep reading. I became invested in trying to figure out who could do such horrible things. Now if this book was solely from the perspective of the sheriff I don't know if it would have work, but this book also had a couple of other, mostly brief, perspectives, one being the killer. Having to read the thoughts of motivations of the killer made it all the more difficult for me to stop reading. I kept thinking in the back of my head "They have to catch this psychopath, THEY HAVE TO."

I've actually found myself reading more of these "whodunit" thriller type books, and I have to say that this one actually had me guessing through almost the entire book. I did have my "AHHA" moment, but it was definitely at a point where I felt a sense of accomplishment uncovering the truth, instead of thinking "how dumb does the author think readers are?" Sadly my experience the latter happens more. When the book wrapped up I was a little confused with some of the loose ends that were left out there, none of which dealt with the actual main focus of the story, but they were still there, nagging at me. Thankfully I discovered that this is only the first book in the series, and so hopefully some of the questions or loose ends that were left will be answered.

If what you have read in my review thus far intrigues you, then go ahead and get this book, you can thank me and the author later. If you're on the fence after reading what I have written, do yourself a favor and get this book. If this really isn't your cup of tea, well I'm sorry you're missing out, but perhaps you know someone who would be interested in this book.

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