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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Eye of the Storm by Denise Moncrief

Eye of the Storm by Denise Moncrief
Publisher: Still Moments Publishing
Genre: Mystery/suspense, contemporary
Length: Short Story (26 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Kieran Talbot’s problems as a resident at a Tallahassee hospital force her to take a leave of absence and escape to the beach. One stormy night, a bruised and bloodied man collapses in the front doorway of her borrowed house.

A storm blows in off the warm Gulf waters, promising to drench the coast with the first downpour of a very hot summer. Kieran retreats to the beach house as the deluge begins. Just as she gets comfortable, the door bursts open. Rain soaked and bloody, Davis Jackson falls through the doorway. He needs a hospital, but he doesn’t want the cops involved. Danger follows Davis wherever he goes. Kieran won’t tell him her story and Davis won’t tell her his. Together they must fight for their lives during a Class Three Hurricane on Florida’s Gulf coast.

Kieran's beach getaway is about to take a turn for the mysterious. Relaxing, sun-soaking, and de-stressing were in the plan; a bloody, unexpected visitor during a monsoon...not so much.

Writing a suspense story that keeps you turning the pages isn’t always easy but penning one in only twenty-six pages is even harder. Ms. Moncrief not only kept me in suspense, she pulled me in and carried me from page one to the perfect conclusion. She wasted no time plunging you into the setting, drama, and introducing these two interesting characters. I liked both of them and the constant banter between them which was very realistic. The story unfolded nicely and there were twists and turns I didn’t see coming.

The storm makes this story even more atmospheric and ups the tension level. I really enjoyed the last ten pages and felt like I had to keep reading. It has a satisfying ending and my only complaint…it ended too soon. I would have loved to have seen this story extended into a full length novel.

If you like suspense with just a dash of romance and haven’t got time for a full length mystery, I recommend this one to you. I’ll be looking out for more books by the author and the Moonlight Mystery titles.

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