Shawna Seed’s debut novel, Identity is a 5 STAR hit.
A beach town, a hurricane coming, mystery and suspense – I’m all over it.
I love the cover. It makes me think of an old photo that is now losing its original color.
Brian, Sharlah’s boyfriend, had been busted for drugs. Sharlah didn’t believe it. He was one of the good guys. He had been acting strange but….
Three days later Sharlah was sitting in the back of a cop car again. She had gone to visit her friend, Missy, only to find her lying on the floor in the kitchen.
The detective asked if Brian’s and Missy’s death could be related.
At work at the diner, Sharlah searched the newspaper for anything more about Missy. The headlines were all about the low pressure cell, tropical storm Aileen. It was upgraded to a Category One hurricane.
Sharlah prepared to hunker down, because she had no intention of leave. She looked out the window and watched the trees blowing. When the bullet came through the window she thought it was something from the storm.
Photo from Wikipedia
Who should appear at the door, but Russ Zuk, the detective. He seemed to show up at just the right time. Was that a coincidence or was something else going on?
As the storm worsened, Brian told Sharlah to grab her valuables and go. She talked to Kevin in Houston. He told her to come there. She loaded up and left.
It had been four years and Brian found it hard to believe that Sharlah had just walked away, never to be seen again. It was like hurricane picked her up and took her away.
Ten years later, still no answers. But Brian could not forget. He thought of Sharlah every day.
5 STARS – Would Buy It For Them (lol)
Shawna Seed approached me and asked if I would read and review Identity. When I read the blurb she sent me, I jumped right on it. The book spoke to me before I even opened my Kindle to begin reading. I just want to take a moment and apologize to Shawna for taking so long to write the review.
Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Read it straight through. All the time I’m reading, I keep hoping I know the ending. I have come to care about the characters and want good things for them. I want to have a happy ending.
It was like a TV show – it’s this guy, no that guy, no too obvious, it’s that guy. The mystery and suspense I felt, while trying to figure out who did it, kept me on the edge of my seat. I was leaning forward and devouring the words like the M & M candies I love.
This book is full of betrayal, love, sacrifice and self centered cruelty. It has every element for a successful and amazing novel. Great story and writing. I love and hate the characters and it has a mega hit ending.
The ending? Tears in my eyes and then it was over. It took me five plus hours, but I just could not quit.
A little bit of humor: “A disease called lackanookie.”
If this is her debut novel, I can hardly wait to see what Shawna Seed comes up with next. I am constantly amazed at the quality of writing I have discovered since joining Goodreads and blogging. I have found Indie authors that never would have been published if they didn’t go through the tremendous effort of figuring it out for themselves. Kudos to these hardworking, passionate and dedicated individuals.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shawna Seed is a writer and editor whose career has taken her to both coasts and several spots in between, working for organizations that include The Dallas Morning News and ESPN.com.
Originally from Kansas, she’s lived in seven states and every continental U.S. time zone. She and her husband now call Dallas home.
When she’s not writing, her interests include cooking, travel and watching college basketball. (Go Jayhawks!)
Identity is her fiction debut. Her next project, Not in Time, is a suspense novel about looted art.
Visit her website, where the goodies include her blog and a discussion guide. You can also listen to a playlist based on the record collection of Sharlah Webb, the heroine of Identity, and see Sharlah’s bookshelf.
To learn more about Shawn Seed, follow the links below.
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Shawna Seed is offering for the Giveaway 3 ebooks. International. Easy entry as always, just leave your email address and answer the question:
If a loved one of yours simply vanished into thin air, how far would you go to find the answers?
Giveaway ends July 30, 2013
Shawna Seed is now hard at work on her next suspense novel, Not In Time, which will be released later this year. As you can see, I loved her debut novel and can hardly wait to read Not In Time.
Synopsis for NOT IN TIME
It seems like a dream come true. Art historian Genevieve McKenna, who just lost her museum job, lands an assignment: Track down a drawing the Nazis stole in wartime Paris. Plus, there’s Julien Brooks, whose family owned the drawing. She’s eager to get to know him better. A lot better.
But a series of bizarre flashbacks has Genevieve doubting her sanity. Mental illness ruined her mother’s life. Is that Genevieve’s fate?
On a research trip to Paris, Genevieve and Julien confront their growing attraction and the truth about her destiny. What they learn will reveal the true story of Genevieve’s mother, the heroism of Julien’s family and the heartbreak of a doomed romance.
It may also cost them their lives.
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