Saturday, July 14, 2012

Forgive me, Alex by Lane Diamond - Official Blog Tour Stop

Here is a brief summary:

Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster’s release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, “the devil,” terrorized 

Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison.

Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton—no remorse—as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.

“The devil” walks the world again. What shall Tony do about it? Aye, what indeed.

After all, this is what he does. It’s who he is. “The devil” himself long ago made Tony into this hunter of monsters. What a sweet twist of fate this is, that he may still, finally, administer justice.

Will FBI Special Agent Linda Monroe stop him? She owes him her life, so how can she possibly put an end to his?

Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton battle for supremacy, with law enforcement always a step away, in this story of justice and vengeance, evil and redemption, fear and courage, love and loss.

My review

5 ***** 

Psychological thrillers are my kind of books! Not only do I write them, but truly enjoy reading one that makes my skin crawl, my nerves skitter with fear and my heart thump a tad louder.  This incredible novel by Lane Diamond handed me ALL of that, in spades!

The story is told in bursts from the main two characters, switching deftly between 1978 and 1995. The long road and deep ties between the hero and the villain are interwoven with intricate detail.  The sickening forces that bound these two together for life kept me glued to the pages and the way the author links the life of the hero, Tony, to the demented stalker/killer Mitchell, was fascinating.

My heart ached for Tony and I could instantly bond with his character as he was transformed, through no fault of his own, into someone he never dreamed he would be. The atrocities that he suffered in his early life lead him on a path of revenge, not only for his brother Alex, but for his damaged psyche as well. Although we aren't provided too deep of a glimpse inside the home life that created the killer, Mitchell, we are guided just enough through his world to understand that he is a sick, twisted soul, almost as if he was born that way rather than made that way.

The ending is a perfect way to ease the reader down from the intense, page-gripping high that the author just yanked them through, leaving the option wide open for a sequel. Out of all the books I have read this year, this one just launched itself to #1 for me!

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of Forgive Me, Alex? Well, there are two ways to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a
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    on the tour page linked above.
About the author: I write fiction, long and short. My writings cross over
many genres and focus on diverse subjects, ranging from the mysteries of the human mind,
with its fragile psychological and emotional states, to the everyday joy and anguish of life
on Earth. Ultimately, characters move me – as both a reader and an author. It's all about the
people. When not writing, I'm Publisher and Executive Editor at Evolved Publishing. Connect
with me on my website, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads,
or via Evolved Publishing.
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