Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review: Gabriel by Tracie Podger

~*~*~*Gabriel by Tracie Podger*~*~*~

#SinnerNotASaint #Revenge

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Blurb:
There are some f**ked up people in the world, unfortunately the worst kind ended up destroying my life.

My wife had been murdered and I made it my mission to find out why and by whom.

But when the ‘why’ and the ‘whom’ invaded my small town, my house, my life, and turned it upside down, it brought more death and devastation.

When you don’t know your enemy it’s hard to know who to trust. I had the greatest religion on earth on one side and a mad man on the other.

I was stuck in the middle.

My name is Gabriel. I had a perfect life, a perfect wife, and now I am fighting for justice.

Standalone - Suspense/thriller for readers over the age of 18

Early reviews (can be seen on Goodreads):

When a book stops you in your tracks and you can't bring yourself to put it down, nothing exists around you but what you are reading and devours every minute of your time- you know that you have hit the jackpot and this book was it !!!!!!! – Reds Midnight Readers
“I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, and OMG what a MIND-F*** of a book this is!” – Rock Hard Romance


Gabriel Cover

Cover design: Margreet Asselbergs, Ripe for Reader
Cover shot by: Wander Aguiar
Formatting: Roses & Thorns

Excerpt:

The house was cold, empty, and full of memories as I walked from room to room. I stood at the end of my bed and stared, willing my wife to return to us. I wanted to picture her naked, her perfect body lying prone, waiting for me. Instead what I saw was blood and dead eyes wide with fright. My stomach recoiled and I clamped a hand over my mouth. Maybe it was a mistake to stay here. Maybe I should have done what my parents had advised and moved out immediately after, but I was torn. I wanted my daughter safe. I wanted her to be free of her nightmares and to be as far away from the source of them as possible. Until I found who had taken my wife, her mother, I was paralyzed into staying. 

Did that make me a bad father? Probably. Was everything I did focused on my own agenda? Maybe. I was going to find the man who had murdered my wife, who had inflicted such insufferable pain and anguish, and I’d make him pay. That was a promise I’d made to my wife as we laid her body to rest, no more than a few months prior, and a promise I intended to keep. 

The local police were about useless. They’d already decided it was a failed burglary, an opportunist who had been disturbed by my wife returning home early. Someone who was passing through, because there couldn’t be anyone who resided in our Hicksville town so deranged as to want to murder the local schoolteacher. I believed they just wanted the case closed, they didn’t want to have the thought there was a killer on the loose. 

However, nothing had been taken. There had been plenty of mess left. Drawers and cupboards had been upended, as if someone was looking for something, but jewelry and electronics were all left behind. I’d argued over and over that it wasn’t a burglary; any fool could see that. I’d wanted the FBI called in, someone with an ounce of sense to investigate; my pleas fell on deaf ears. So it was up to me to solve the crime. It was up to me to rid the world of the scum that had made a child motherless, a husband a widower, a classroom of five-year-olds, teacherless. 


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Kobo - bit.ly/Kobo-Gabriel


My Rating:




Favorite Quotes:



Fixing up things had been a hobby; the satisfaction I got when something was broken and then repaired was wonderful. It was just a shame I couldn't fix my daughter.  It was a shame I couldn't fix myself.

It seemed I was losing the support of those that I trusted, of those closest to me.  It was an isolating feeling and made me feel lonelier than I had before.


My Review:



I am stunned.  Tracie Podger has mastered a new genre with an intriguing, perplexing, cryptic, confounding, heart squeezing, twisted, compelling, disturbing, and utterly fascinating story.  Gabriel had me twisted and knotted like a pretzel, but I could not stop reading.  Occasionally, I was even sickened by the tale, yet I could not put my kindle down.  As always, Ms. Podger's writing was insightful, emotive, smartly done, and well-crafted.  I was drawn in from page one with a storyline that remained taut and fraught with tension, frustration, and a heartbreaking back-story.  Gabe's ranging emotions remained top-notes throughout and were nearly palpable in intensity.  The premise could be boiled down to four Cs - Cults, Conspiracies, and Cover-ups - by and within - the Catholic hierarchy.  Ever topical, and sadly - in today's world - also frighteningly realistic. 

Empress DJ


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About the author:

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook

Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4

Evelyn - A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Rocco – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
A Virtual Affair – A standalone
Gabriel – A standalone

Coming soon

The Facilitator – August 2016
Jackson – November 2016
Letters to Lincoln – 2017
Rocco: The Missing Years – 2017
Harlot

Author Stalker links:

Amazon Author Page – https://author.to/TraciePodger