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Friday, August 26, 2011

A Review of The Alias....

By Dianne/ Goodreads: This book was wonderful. The plot kept me reading into the wee hours of the night. The characters are endearing and it's a very clean cut book. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more books from this Author.

By Author Sherry Gammon: Jacey is a divorced mom who needs to escape her life, quickly. Her ex-Hubby, an abusive creep, has the FBI on his tail, and he also believes he deserves to have custody of their son, Blaze. Jacey assumes a "new" identity, and escapes to Utah with her son. 

The story was intense, with action and suspense at every turn. The abuse by the Ex-hubby were real and heart-wrenching, making it difficult to read without crying. 

The Alias was a great read and I enjoyed every last second of it!! First-time novelist Mandi Slack did a masterful job at telling a story on such a difficult subject. I can't wait to read more from her! Thanks, Mandi! 

By Nicole/Goodreads: This was a great book exploring many important issues such as family, religion, and domestic abuse. Mandi did a great job endearing the characters to you and helping you get hooked in the book.

Reviews for The Alias....

By Christine/Goodreads: Jacey is a divorced single mom who is starting over. She left her abusive husband and is trying to have a new start with her son Blaze. The FBI starts investigating her ex for some serious crimes, and her ex wants Blaze back, so Jacey decides to leave for their safety. 

Jacey's best friend, Melissa, suggests that Jacey assume her identity and go stay with her aunt and uncle in Utah to hide out. Melissa's aunt and uncle have only seen her in some older pictures, so it seems like as long as Jacey can lie and pretend she is Melissa she can hide out there. 

My thoughts: 

This book had a lot of suspense and action. I liked the pacing of the story, and while some outcomes were predictable I found that there was enough going on to keep me very engaged in the story. I did find the domestic abuse flashbacks that Jacey had very realistic, and so these were extremely hard to read at times. I teared up and had to put the book down once. 

When Jacey and Blaze arrived in Utah, I loved reading descriptions of the farm and surrounding area. I could tell right away that the author had spent a lot of time in Utah, and she described it so well that I could picture it with ease. 

I enjoyed Grant, Helen, and Kale. They were such a nice family, and welcoming and kind to Jacey and Blaze. 

I also wanted to mention that I liked reading about the Mormon church and religion. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it at first. I have no experience with this church, and have heard very little about it. The author presented it well, and it didn't feel preachy or weird to me. It found it very interesting and was glad to read about it. 

My only criticism with this book would be is that I thought the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly. It seemed very rushed. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great read. The domestic abuse was hard to read about, but I was glad Jacey escaped it. 

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you! :)