A riveting story about a man whose self-discovery will end violently or with a woman who loves him.



Three friends’ annual Panama City Beach, Florida, getaway turns into a violent quest for vengeance in Bowers’ debut thriller.

Chaz Wilson’s trip down South has become a tradition for him and childhood pals Jilly and Roan, all now nearing their 30s. This time, when they make it to their Panama City Beach hotel, Roan vanishes. Roan’s a single guy who likes to party, but his concerned friends look around anyway—a search that regrettably ends with someone finding his corpse on the beach. The only detail detectives give Chaz is that Roan had asked a hotel staffer for directions to The Grunge, an underground club. Chaz wants answers, but when his older brother (and former convict), Sage, joins him in Florida, their amateur investigation quickly turns into bloody retribution. The novel features amped-up, bullet-riddled scenes, but it’s just as much an emotional awakening for Chaz. The protagonist, for instance, seems to be questioning his life’s direction for the first time. He may be in love with Jilly but is unsure of a future together, and he believes that a 13-year-old boy he befriends, who learns of Chaz’s potential baseball career, sees him as a failure. His wavering relationship with Jilly is the most enticing plot point since they share a 20-year history. The latter scenes are laden with gunfights and scuffles as the body count gradually rises. But the preceding pages, even with the melodrama, are surprisingly suspenseful too. Chaz, Jilly, and Roan, for example, visit places populated by shady people who could be murderers, including a bonfire and gentlemen’s club where Chaz gets tossed for fighting—and that’s all before they even make it to the beach. Chaz’s hunt for Roan’s killer pits him against various foes, including a possible connection to a drug cartel, but the story is one of revenge. And its protagonist won’t stop until someone is held accountable.

A riveting story about a man whose self-discovery will end violently or with a woman who loves him.

Pub Date: Jan. 26, 2015

ISBN: 978-1507710593

Page Count: 308

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: March 23, 2015

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.


A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.


Piper Manning is determined to sell her family’s property so she can leave her hometown behind, but when her siblings come back with life-changing secrets and her sexy neighbor begins to feel like “The One,” she might have to redo her to-do list.

As children, Piper and her younger siblings, Gavin and Winnie, were sent to live with their grandparents in Wildstone, California, from the Congo after one of Gavin’s friends was killed. Their parents were supposed to meet them later but never made it. Piper wound up being more of a parent than her grandparents, though: “In the end, Piper had done all the raising. It’d taken forever, but now, finally, her brother and sister were off living their own lives.” Piper, the queen of the bullet journal, plans to fix up the family’s lakeside property her grandparents left the three siblings when they died. Selling it will enable her to study to be a physician’s assistant as she’s always wanted. However, just as the goal seems in sight, Gavin and Winnie come home, ostensibly for Piper’s 30th birthday, and then never leave. Turns out, Piper’s brother and sister have recently managed to get into a couple buckets of trouble, and they need some time to reevaluate their options. They aren’t willing to share their problems with Piper, though they’ve been completely open with each other. And Winnie, who’s pregnant, has been very open with Piper’s neighbor Emmitt Reid and his visiting son, Camden, since the baby’s father is Cam’s younger brother, Rowan, who died a few months earlier in a car accident. Everyone has issues to navigate, made more complicated by Gavin and Winnie’s swearing Cam to secrecy just as he and Piper try—and fail—to ignore their attraction to each other. Shalvis keeps the physical and emotional tension high, though the siblings’ refusal to share with Piper becomes tedious and starts to feel childish.

Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-296139-6

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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