A great suspense novel: Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

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about the book....

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret's name is Annabel Lee.

She doesn't know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.

my review...

I should warn you that once you have begun this novel, you will find it impossible to put down! The characters are unlike any you've encountered before, particularly the enigmatic Annabel who simply stole my heart as she bravely endures a situation that any adult would be loathe to live through. "Annabel Lee" has plenty of well-written action-packed moments to drive the story along, along with a mounting tension that deliciously permeates the book as you try to figure out exactly who Annabel Lee is and how the mysterious Dr. Smith figures into the equation. By the time you get to the final chapters, there really is no time to breath as the heroes of the story find themselves in one perilous situation after another. Like Annabel, Trudi and Samuel are fantastic characters, especially Trudi with her brave and courageous outlook on life, her sassy moments, and her clear ability to overcome hardship from her past. She makes no apologies for being a strong woman of faith (though this book is by no means preachy), and is not afraid to stand up to the bullies in life. If she were to step off the pages of this book into reality, she is definitely someone you would want in your corner!

I loved this book from start to finish, and find it hard to believe that this is Nappa's first foray into the adult fiction realm (though of course he's published many other books as well). The plot is superbly crafted and will certainly appeal to readers who enjoy a well-written suspense novel. As for me, I  can hardly wait to become reacquainted with the Coffey & Hill Investigations team in the next book in the series, "The Raven".  I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Mike NappaMike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

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