Friday, June 6, 2014

Book Review: 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession

Title 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession

Author M. Dolon Hickmon

Release Date March 25, 2014

A teenager named Chris knocks on the door of his mother’s ex-boyfriend—then shoots the man dead in premeditated fashion. Hours later, an officer responding to a loud music complaint discovers a second body surrounded by a gruesome scene. With few clues to explain ‘why’, blame for the crimes settles on Chris’s obsession with the dark and violent rock band, Rehoboam. Reporters broadcast this speculation under sensational headlines, but detective William Hursel is convinced there is a deeper motive. Trailing Chris, William uncovers an underworld where human traffickers ply the wealthy with unseemly indulgences.

Meanwhile, Rehoboam’s lead singer, Josh, thinks he may finally be ready to take the next step in his relationship with the band’s fiery female drummer. But when news of Chris’s crime spree triggers flashbacks of a harsh, fundamentalist upbringing, Josh finds his career and his romance unexpectedly interrupted. Linked to the widening criminal investigation by his cryptic responses to Chris's fan club letters, Josh must eventually choose between clearing his name and keeping the secrets of his past.

Sometimes, reviews are hard to write. It doesn't matter how much you like a book, it can be difficult to effectively express how a book made you feel. This is one of those books.

First, this book is well written. The story is told in both the past and present. It required a little more attention to remember what was happening when, but it certainly wasn't a big deal. At first it was a little jarring to jump, rather suddenly, from present to past back to present again. However, the jumps weave together perfectly to tell an intense story. Throughout the story, we meet different characters that really come to life. The characters make this disturbing book even more realistic.

Second, this book isn't for everyone. It's subject matter is disturbing and violent (done well and never over the top). Truthfully, even after reading the blurb and watching the book trailer, I wasn't exactly prepared for some of the things I read. In my case, though, I think that added to my overall enjoyment of the book.

I'm glad I took a chance and read this book. I enjoyed it and I'm sure the story will stick with me for some time.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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