Annabel Lee

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.

In a suspenseful novel with an interesting plot, you’ll want to find out what happens to the characters as you read.  This will keep you reading.  It’s a quick read, but you’ll need to pay attention.  The narration flips back and forth between Annabel, Trudy, and The Mute… so make sure you’re clear on who’s narrating which chapter — it’ll be really helpful when you’re going through the book.

It wouldn’t be an honest review if I didn’t say that sometimes the swap in narrators, combined with the slip in and out of poor grammar hadn’t caused some confusion while reading this book.  There were times when it was necessary to flip back and double check to make sure everything was clear and making sense.

All in all though, even through the spots of rough grammar (which I do understand because it made sense with the plot), and the flipping of narrators, the book was well worth the follow-through to the end because the end was interesting.  I obviously won’t reveal any more than that, but make sure you follow through.  It’ll wrap up.  It’ll all make sense, and all the details will tie together — like they should in any good mystery 😉

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Interesting fun fact:  I don’t do poetry, so the name of this book didn’t stand out to me until I had to Google it at some point.  So the Edgar Allan Poe reference was lost on me initially.  But for those of you who are fans of Poe’s work, there are references throughout this book to look out for.

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


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