Friday Reads: Amanda's Room
By Chuck Miceli
There is a storm coming, and her name is Amanda.
When infant Amanda died, her parents abandoned their luxurious home, leaving the room untouched. 18 years later, a small group of clever students stumble upon a anomaly - the atmosphere in Amanda's bedroom is stable and unaffected by outside weather conditions - they convince their brilliant professor to study the incident. Little do they know that they are about to witness the unleashing of a supernatural force - and they may not survive to tell the tale.
Author Chuck Miceli crafts a tightly plotted, swift moving thriller, using an unusual (and terrifyingly effective) weapon: the weather. A fishing trip turns deadly when a water spout suddenly appears, a clear road suddenly becomes icy, a courthouse is literally attacked by cyclone - all these frighteningly familiar scenarios become tools in the hand of a supernatural power. True story: I've had nightmares since reading this book about the water spout.
But weather is only one part of what's going on: there is the mystery of Amanda's parents, one of the students is accused of murder, and another is presumed dead - but may not be. And Miceli adds lots of fun details about weather tracking and patterns and keeps you guessing about who will survive. Throughout it all is the question: is Amanda trying to communicate? Or is she trying to kill?
This is a fun, brisk adventure, with a mystery at it's core, and anyone who enjoys old fashioned horror/thrillers is sure to enjoy this one.
Note for younger readers: some strong language, gruesome killings, some sensuality, and one brief bedroom scene.
Disclaimer: This review was part of a book exchange for reviews.
8/14/2015 12:40:34 am
Many thanks to Killarney Traynor for her wonderful review of "Amanda's Room." I met her at the New England Authors Expo where we exchanged books in agreement to provide candid reviews. I've got her book, "Summer Shadows," on my night stand and am enjoying escaping each night to her mysterious mansion. I'll post my complete review when I've finished this very enjoyable read.
10/11/2015 06:48:23 pm
Just finished reading Summer Shadows. I loved it , it was the kind of book you can't put down. The story was so well written and the characters were great, loved all of them. Now I'm on to reading your other book. We met last year at the Atkinson Christmas craft fair. Keep writing, I thoroughly enjoy reading them. Dale Dumphy
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