Review: All the Pretty Bones by Camela Thompson
ABOUT THE BOOK: After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own. Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next. In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.
REVIEW: This story is about a woman named Olivia. She is thirty-two years old and gravely ill; however, the most haunting part about her life is not the sickness. She has been stalked by one man named Mark for ten years now. Olivia knows that he won’t wait forever before attempting to make his claim on her body and her life. With only a few more months left to live, she wants to enjoy the time that she has left instead of the constant fear of looking over her shoulder. As the story digs deeper in her life and the history that surrounds her ailment, she meets new life-altering discoveries and finds the one that she never in her wildest dreams thought that she would want to spend the rest of her life with. I really enjoyed reading this story. The characters are wonderful! Each and every character, except for Sean, is one that I couldn’t find myself turning away from. I wanted to read more about them and couldn’t put this book down. The author makes it evident that she loves these characters by the way that she describes all of them. She puts careful thought into each one; however, my favorite is Mark. She provides the reader with just enough information so that it is known that he is not human. But, what he is comes out through multiple plot twists later within the story. I loved the suspense mixed with a tinge of romance; it was a very enticing and mind-gripping read. In my opinion, this story was spectacular! I would highly recommend this book to those who love the supernatural/paranormal element mixed with suspense. For those that do not really enjoy romance, there is not much, just enough for you to get the point of the relationship between two of the main characters. I rate this book with five stars because it was well written, compelling, and the detail was intense. I really enjoy reading a book that allows you to have a vivid imagination of what exactly is happening. This author does a fantastic job with that!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Camela Thompson lives with her incredibly supportive husband and strange dog in Seattle, the city where cloud cover and shadows rule. How else is a girl supposed to keep her luminescent (perfectly pasty) complexion? The rain also provides the perfect scapegoat for hiding inside with a laptop, her dog, and a hot cup of tea. Excuses for reclusive behavior get considerably more creative during the summer (she may or may not have a mild sun allergy). Camela cohosts Shadows on the Sound, a podcast on iTunes about the myths and superstitions that withstand the test of time – which is really just an excuse to geek out on her favorite topics (vampires, ghosts, and zombies in pop culture).