I found my new author love affair! As all of you know, my favorite author love affair is with Stephen King. No one every moved me like his work, until now. A few weeks ago I received an email from an author requesting a book review and he was willing to provide a free copy for my Kindle if I would accept his request. I love helping new and up & coming authors being an aspiring writer, so of course, I said yes. 🙂 Little did I know this book review would change me by helping find a new author love affair, Dear Bloggites (Disclaimer: it is a love affair with the written word and not the author himself, no hanky panky here…LOL). Thank you, WW Mortensen for reigniting my thrill over reading a book and for the free copy. 🙂
I received the Kindle version from author WW Mortensen of his debut novel, Eight. I started this novel with only knowing it was a suspenseful thriller about how “terror has a new species.” The novel, Eight, is about a new power source that was found deep in the Amazon jungle. After the main character, Rebecca Riley, views a few photos emailed to her by her ex, Ed Reardon, she immediately flew to the Amazon jungle to join him. Once in the jungle, Rebecca and Ed along with their group face a terrifying new predator hell-bent on destroying them for invading its territory.
Oh my goodness, this book was a RIDE! I read it in two sittings only because I forced myself to put the book down to get some sleep for work. It has been a long time since I felt such anticipation while reading a book. It brought back memories of how I felt when I read my first Stephen King novel, IT. I did not want to stop reading, yet, the tingling fear in my body being tweaked, made me hesitant to change the page. I LOVE IT!!!! I love being scared and feeling out of control and reading this book, I became so engrossed in the storyline and characters that I felt their fear, hope, amazement, and love, yes, love (c’mon, an email from an ex, feelings will rise back up after not seeing each other in a long time).
WW Mortensen wrote the book in the third person which I love, Thank You, Sir! All of you know I do not enjoy first person books and so I was so excited to see it was a third person format. The chapters are broken up into sections so the reader knows where they are in the storyline. There is no going back and forth from past to present like so many books are written today, it is a smooth transition in a unified way. For being a debut novel, the author wrote like a skilled wordsmith with no mistakes noticed in the writing format.
The characters were multi-dimensional and real to the reader which allows the reader to become emotionally invested in them and their plight they are facing. Throughout the novel, I felt the wonderful tingling anticipation for what was coming next. WW Mortensen brought the old school childhood fears people have to the forefront with a mega-twist (that’s a hint for ya, Dear Bloggites ;-D).
I give Eight by WW Mortensen 5 out of 5 Bookmarks! If you love the thrill of fear or suspense, be sure to go out and get this book, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.