Looking for the perfect twisty thriller, try Telephone Road by Ann Swann!
Publication Date: August 4th
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
Marlena caught the eye of one of the richest, hottest guys on campus, Preston. But when her attention shifts, and she falls in love with a hometown boy, Jimmy, she finds out that Preston is also deeply disturbed.
What follows is a life-changing evening out on Telephone Road, and Marlena knows she will never be the same when she takes matters into her own hands.
Justice has a new meaning. It’s called revenge.
Wow. Well, I tried to set Telephone Road down a few times to give my mind a break, and I couldn’t stay away along enough. I had to keep reading. I was immediately hooked, and there really wasn’t much chance of getting sleep until I finished this one.
The charactets are really well written. I love a thriller that is character driven. I find it more believable, and ultimately more suspenseful, when the characters feel like real people. Ann Swann has the ability to create characters like this, and it paid off.
The subject matter is brutal. Rape, violence…but it is written on such a way that I think does the story justice. It is a story of strength and resilience and while the attack can be triggering, I think it is worthwhile to read. The story is captivating, never glamorizing the violence, just shedding light on such atrocities.
Highly recommended. Telephone Road is definitely a 5 star read for me.
*I received a free copy of this book from R&R Book Tours in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
After breaking it off with Preston, I couldn’t wait to get home for Thanksgiving break. That’s when I reconnected with Jim Allan, an acquaintance from school…
Jimmy smiled as I looked up from my phone, and I smiled back. I’d heard he went off to Tarleton State or Sul Ross, one of those Texas agriculture colleges. I remembered seeing him at school in that very same dark blue jacket, climbing out of his red pickup truck with The Double L Ranch sign on the door. I’d always admired how the bright gold embroidery stood out against the navy corduroy fabric of that jacket. Now I noticed how the deep blue color made his gray eyes look as mysterious as rain clouds. “Which bear do you want?” He nodded toward the nearby Pitch-Till-U-Win game booth. “The blue one,” I said, “if you think you can win it.” I don’t know what made me so bold. He just seemed so shy. Or maybe the night simply required it. The air was thick with the scent of popcorn and possibility. Jimmy grinned, paid the barker a five, picked up his three balls, threw them in quick succession, wham, wham, wham, and all three weighted milk bottles toppled one after the other. The dark blue bear belonged to me. It almost matched the shade of his jacket. I hugged it to my chest as we ambled away. “I’m sorry you got stuck with me,” he murmured. “Do you like roller coasters?” His voice was soft, but deep. “I love roller coasters. And I’m sorry you got stuck with me.”
Ann has been a writer since junior high, but to pay the bills she has waited tables, delivered newspapers, cleaned other people’s houses, taught school, and had a stint as a secretary in a rock-n-roll radio station.
She also worked as a 911 operator and a police dispatcher.
Her fiction began to win awards during her college days. Since then she’s published several short stories, novels, and novellas. She’s always reading and always writing, but even if she never sold another story, Ann would not stop writing. For her it’s a necessity, like breathing. Most of the time, it even keeps her sane.
Ann Swann: https://authorannswann.com/
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