Author: Carter Quinn
Publisher: Carter Quinn Books
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novella in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: It’s only been three weeks since Henry suffered a psychotic break that made him forget his husband Tom’s death. He’s still struggling to come to terms with his new reality when he receives a haunting phone call: “Henry. Help me.” It’s Tom’s voice, but Henry is afraid to believe. His world has already come crashing down around him twice in the last six months. Is Tom really alive, or is Henry losing his grip on reality again?
Review: Holy Moly! Carter Quinn is writing a mystery worthy of the best in the genre. This story picks up just a bit past the end of Vanished, book one in the series. When I read the first book, I spent a lot of time sniffling through the pages and trying to control my emotions enough to actually see what I was reading! I felt so bad for Henry. He loved Tom so much and missed him with every beat of his heart. And I felt his pain. This author can make you feel…everything.
The pain and sense of loss is still alive and well in this installment, the emotion real. Henry’s trying to cope; trying to find a way to move forward. But those phone calls in Tom’s voice don’t stop, keeping Henry upset all…the…time! He’s reluctant, at first, to tell anyone what is happening, fearing he’s taking another trip to “crazy town”. Though fearing another emotional break down, he finally talks to a private detective who convinces Henry that he isn’t imagining this and has a full on stalker. Oh. My. God! Just what he needs after six months of hell.
I’m not going to say any more about the story. I am going to say that this story is beautifully written, beautifully constructed and beautifully told. When you combine a master story teller with a master writer, what do you have? Artistry.
You can find my review of the first book in this trilogy just by typing “Vanished” into the search window of this blog. I gave book one 4 Stars, while stating plainly that it probably deserved 5. I gave this installment 4.5 Stars because it furthers the story while keeping all of the emotion and mystery from book one alive. I am holding a 5 Star rating in my hand, waiting impatiently, for the talented Mr. Quinn to finish this story. If you’re a fan of the author or this story, rest easy. I will be cyber stalking Carter Quinn until I have the final book in my greedy little hands. In the meantime….