Post Script: Flight Path – Ian Andrew

Flight Path

Flight Path

A Wright and Tran Novel

Ian Andrew

The Book Reality Experience

ISBN: 9780992464172

 

Description:
Wright & Tran are back!

Kara Wright and Tien Tran, combat veterans of an elite intelligence unit, now make their living as Private Investigators. Often working the mundane, just occasionally they get to use all their former training.

I’d like you to make sure the dead are really dead.”

So it is that the enigmatic Franklyn tasks Kara and Tien to investigate the apparent suicide of a local celebrity. Within days the women are embarked on a pursuit that leads halfway around the globe and into the darkest recesses of the human condition. Kara, Tien and their team will endure mental stress worse than anything they experienced from combat and, like combat, not everyone makes it home.

 

“…Wright and Tran are the best in the business. Andrew’s own experience working with Military Intelligence provides his work with authenticity and heart… He is an author who can be relied upon to deliver a good – no, much more than that – a great read.
The West Australian
My View:
Dark, dark subject matter in a tension filled narrative.

Did I mention the word tension here?

This series is explosive! There was a moment in this read where I really had trouble turning the page – the tension was so high, my personal level of apprehension was past RED ALERT status as I feared for the life of one of the protagonists. I did not want to read what I knew was coming next.

Ian Andrew can you write a suspenseful, intense, contemporary narrative complete with a good dose of social commentary!!! WOW! Bring on book 3.

Post Script: Remember Me Like This – Bret Anthony Johnston

Powerful, painful and raw. A superb read. 

Remember Me Like This

Bret Anthony Johnston

Hodder & Stoughton

Two Roads

ISBN: 9781444788051

  

Description:

Since Justin Campbell’s disappearance four years ago, his family has been stuck in the grooves of grief, unable to save themselves let alone one another. His mother drives an hour each way to spend time rehabbing dolphins. His father has been having an affair. And his younger brother Griff just spends day after day skateboarding in the empty pool at the deserted motel.

And then the call from the police. Justin has been found and he is okay. Though missing for so long, he’s only been held across the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas, less than 30 miles away. It is a miracle.

But instead of righting the imbalances within this struggling family, Justin’s return only lays bare the effects of his trauma, threatening to snap the last threads that bind the Campbells to one another. As Justin’s kidnapper is set to be charged for his crime and the town of Southport prepares to welcome back the missing boy at the annual summer festival, pressure (barometric and other) builds and resolves in a spectacular denouement.

 

My View:

This narrative opens with a great hook – the discovery of a body on the very first page plants an image and a scenario that stays with you while you journey through this story and what a story this is! It is quietly spoken, honestly written and so so powerful. This is a superb character study of pain and hurt and grief and love. Johnston explores the intimate reactions to every parent’s worst nightmare – the taking of a child.

 

This novel is so simply written, so personal; it peeks into the life of a family in chaos, their emotions strung tight and fraying around the edges, ready to snap. It explores grief and guilt and family dynamics under strain; the fissures are wide and gaping, the hurt bleeds through the pages. How does anyone survive this type of trauma? How do you move past the damage to reconstruct your family when the missing returns? And how does the victim survive the damage inflicted upon him? This is such a painful yet powerful expression of emotions that lay bare to an internal struggle that defies you to put yourself in this position and question how you would react.

 

I loved this writing – it concentrates on the reactions of the family and the victim and does not give a voice or power to the abuser; a wonderfully fresh perspective. And the ending is guaranteed to surprise.  I look forward to reading more by this author.