Thursday, March 28, 2013

{Review} Ashes by Kelly Cozy

ISBN #: 978-0985123451
Page Count: 370
Copyright: January 24, 2013
Publisher: Smite Publications

(Taken from back cover)

Anonymous. That was Jennifer's life. But when she survived a domestic terrorist attack and her last-minute escape became the iconic image of the event, that life was over. Wanting only to disappear and become just another face in the crowd, she cashed in on her unwanted fame and moved to a small town, hidden away and safe.

Retired. That was Sean's life. A former covert operative - the kind the government denies exists - he'd been pushed unwillingly into a life of suburban peace and quiet. But his retirement ended when he saw Jennifer's rescue; from then on he only wanted to find those responsible for the attack, even if it meant turning rogue. What Jennifer and Sean will both find is that nothing goes to plan, and their paths will cross in a way neither could have foreseen.

Charlene's Review:

Just another day at the office for Jennifer Thomson turned into a terrifying escape from a collapsing building. Targeted by terrorists, the Federal Building, and Jennifer's narrow escape makes the headlines. The lone survivor of her office, she is thrust, unwillingly to the forefront, and taunted by the deceased families and media. Sean Kincaid watched the events unfold on his television. Haunted by the crying girl being rescued by firefighters, he decides to take matters into his own hands and starts a cross-country journey to find those responsible and bring them to justice. As Jennifer attempts to start a new life, outside the events of that day, she is approached by Sean, offering the man responsible for the attack, and must face a critical decision.

Ashes is a bittersweet story of loss and survival. Writing from the mind-set of a survivor of a terror attack, as well as a well-meaning retired government operative bent on revenge, it flows effortlessly between the two while also drawing a vivid picture of both characters emotional state. Reminiscent of past American tragedies, Ashes is a reminder of innocence lost, and the path to healing. A beautiful tribute, albeit a painful one, to all sufferers of violent trauma, with just enough of a twist to keep you guessing. The ending left me breathless. It will resonate long past the last page, and leave you longing for the sequel. I will definitely be reading Reckoning in the fall.

5 out of 5 stars!

*A paperback copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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