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Strange but True by John Searles
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Mar 11, 10

bookshelves: mystery-thriller-mother-son

Definitely one of the best novels I’ve ever read, ‘Strange but True’ by John Searles is a thrillingly eerie story shrouded in mysteries. It is full of beautiful malice and truthful criticism played out by real characters in situations that will wrench your heart out. Melissa Moody has become impregnated by, she believes, her dead boyfriend, Ronnie, although he has been gone for 5 years now. When she contacts Ronnie’s ever so critical mother and empathetic brother, they are all thrown into a journey through their scarring pasts, facing the haunting memories, which lead towards their own discoveries of themselves. “Maybe she deserved such a lonely fate.” (245)
The pace at which you will be moved along at is extremely intriguing and captivating, through unexpected and exciting turns. These choices all seem so logical and possible, yet unthought-of until after we are made to question the intricacy of the intertwined plots. It is definitely an extremely well-written piece because of the realistic depth put into each character’s development. It is thrilling when each mystery is uncovered, as you will see the unique connections between their lives through various events and each other.
In this part thriller, part mystery, and part family relationship story, everything that happens has a meaning, a contribution to the big picture. As you are taken in to see the little details which have led up to the current predicament and future possibilities, then back out where you can see the full effect, you will love the powerful imagery that is displayed for you by the narrator. “Philip looks away from those demons in the trees...” This book is really something that cannot be easily put down, something that will capture your heart and keep you hooked until the very end, always leaving you anticipating the next surprise.
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