Monday, October 31, 2016

Southern Gothic by Dale Wiley

Available for Pre-Order - Release date is January 24, 2017

From the Back Cover:

Aspiring author Meredith Harper owns the hottest bookstore in Savannah.
Michael Black is her favorite writer—long thought dead—until he mysteriously approaches Meredith with a new manuscript, and a most unusual offer. Meredith can keep the manuscript to herself, or publish it under her own name.
Her decision results in a bestseller, but the novel contains a coded secret; one that will put her on trial for murder and in hiding from “the blood stalker,” proving too late that making a deal with the devil comes at a heavy price.

My Thoughts:

"Oh what a tangled web we weave...."  And this web kept me on the edge of my seat, unable to put this book down until the very last page.  Even then, I sat and shook, trying to ward off the creep factor this novel left on my brain!  I say that in a good way because this was one of the better thrillers I have read lately.  Southern Gothic contained a novel within a novel, a feat I didn't think would be possible, but Dale Wiley somehow managed it with flare!  Wow!

Meredith Harper, owner of a small bookstore in Savannah, receives a hand written note from a mysterious stranger.  Later that day she receives a phone call from the stranger telling her to "Come home".  When she notices the caller ID indicating the call came from inside her house, things start getting really weird!  And that is just the beginning!  What entails from there on is a complex mixture of a thriller and a mystery dealing with a deranged psychopath and his erotic and sadistic stalking.

A lot of emotions were experienced while reading this novel.  The main character, Meredith, could be endearing one moment and then her greed made her foolish and almost unbelievable the next moment. Very complex character building.  Fantastic writing from an author I will be seeking out in future books.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher, Vesuvian Books, in exchange for an honest review.  Southern Gothic is due to be released in January of 2017.

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