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Annabel’s uncle put her in an underground military-style bunker on a farm in Peachtree, Alabama. His last words were: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.” Only 2 people above ground know where she is. Who would want this girl? Will she ever be set free? What happened to her uncle?
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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Coffey & Hill
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Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic "Dr. Smith" know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl--before it's too late.
With its stunning writing and relentless pace, Annabel Lee will captivate readers from the first page.
Inkwell Reviews3 Stars Out Of 5Suspense with a twistJanuary 1, 2017Inkwell ReviewsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review From inkwellreviews.com
I dont know about you, but the cover totally captivated me. It has been a really long time since I have read a book written by a man, so I was excited to see what Mike Nappa could do. He has a very unique style of writing in which he will have flashbacks even if it was just a few minutes ago. I know that sounds weird, but I dont have a better way to explain it. The book was about three different stories and three different characters. In the end, it all made sense, but at the beginning I was confused as to how all these people are related.
I dont know if Im just being sensitive because I have been reading books by women, but I must say that some things Mike Nappa said were inappropriate. Nothing horrible, just nothing I would talk about.
Towards the end of the book, there were weird things going on. A lot of what the bad guy said was not very biblically accurate. Very Catholic in its beliefs and very disturbing. Its hard to tell if Mike Nappa believes them himself or if that was just the views of the bad guy. I would recommend you read this with discernment.
This book had a lot of potential, but I dont think it was the best that it could have been. This is the first book Ive read by this author, so I wont come to any final conclusions about him until Ive read some more of his books.
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Strong writing and characters in a suspense-filled novel...July 8, 2016Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Tucked away and living with her Uncle in rural Alabama, Annabel doesnt realize the trouble until her Uncle locks her in a bunker with a German Shepard dog to guard her. Trudi Coffey, a private investigator and English Literature major, teams up with her ex-husband, Samuel Lee, to unravel the clues and messages left by Annabels Uncle to find her. The Mute, a former veteran sniper, enters as a guard for Annabel against the person tracking her. With suspense, romance, faith and even a bit of humor, author Mike Nappa winds all the elements and characters together for a fast-paced thrilling read
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Okay, totally not my genre at all, I must admit I was a bit concerned by the cover if I would even be able to read it. Once into the novel, though I found the characters somewhat unmatched when combined together, in a creative kind of way it worked, especially as all the references to Edgar Allan Poe intertwined and connected pieces. Not quite sure how or where the story was headed, I did find the writing strong and the different perspectives unique yet very worthy. With a follow-up novel in the series slated for fall of 2016, The Raven, I will probably dare to read it.
4.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Annabel Lee from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5Exceeded my ExpectationsMay 11, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I hesitated opening this book, because, quite bluntly... the cover freaked me out. I was sure that whatever I found within the pages would give me nightmares. I was right about one thing: Annabel Lee was scary - but it was a good kind of scary and completely awesome.
I really enjoyed this book, and was glad to see that it appears to be part of a new series? I sure hope so.
There was a lot I liked about this book.
One, it was well written.
Two, Mike Nappa did an amazing job writing completely different styles, vocabulary, and slang for his different characters. I've not seen this sort of character-specific writing style done this well since reading Brian Jacques as a teen. I was really impressed by how well he shaped the idea and perspective of each character by their own speaking style (amongst other things). This was very neat to read and worth studying for those who want to try their hand at this type of writing themselves. Like I said, I'm very impressed.
Third, Mike Nappa is not afraid to mention the name of Jesus or to point boldly to Him. I loved that! So many Christian books I've read lately do not deserve the title of Christian fiction. I'm certain the only reason they are in the "Christian" category is that their content is PG, and not because they proclaim the name of Jesus.
Fourth, it was a great story filled with complex characters. I loved how I couldn't figure out for the longest time if Truck was a "good guy" or "bad guy"; he was a very well written character. Even, The Dog is a worthy addition to this book. It's impossible not to admire a book when even the canine characters are incredibly well thought out and fully developed. There was not a week character in this entire cast, and I'm looking forward to see where Trudi and Samuel's relationship goes.
A great read and I would definitely recommend this book as an excellent (and not too scary) thriller/ crime. As an aside, I'd suggest mid to late teens as a starting age for this book.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." In exchange for my honest opinion.
Darlene L Turner5 Stars Out Of 5What Lies Beneath Will Leave You Breathless!May 2, 2016Darlene L TurnerQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Were you sent to your room when you were young and told not come out until your parents said it was okay? But what if that room was tunneled deep beneath your property and you were left with a dog that terrified you? What would you do?
Eleven-year-old Annabel Lee Truckson had to face this exact circumstance when her Uncle Truck rushed her down steep, damp steps leading into a tunnel beneath his farm with a ferocious guard dog that loved to bite off peoples fingers. He left her strict instructions, Dont open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me, unless you hear me say the safe code. And then he left her alonewith a dog she hated. Why?
A few miles away, private investigator Trudi Coffey, is contacted by a mysterious older man looking for someone her ex-husband used to work for, and his trail has led him to her. Trudi refuses to contact Samuel Hill, but when things turn ugly shes left with no other choice. Trudi and Samuel are soon on the run from a team of enemy militia looking for whatever Truckson has left hidden in a gift Samuel gave Trudi. Its the key to unlocking the mystery. Whats the connection between Truckson, The Mute, and the two precious emeralds hidden somewhere in Alabama?
This is the first book Ive read by Mike Nappa and I have to say, I was hooked from the cover! Annabel Lee will keep you up at night, turning the pages! Its definitely a fast-paced on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave you breathless.
The story is told from three different points of viewAnnabel, The Mute, and Trudi. This is done effectively as theres never any doubt which POV were in. All of the characters in this book come to life. Annabel will steal your heart. You will cheer on The Mute, Trudi, and Samuel as they team up to save the eleven-year-old.
There are many twists in the plotline, but the ending blindsided me! I did not see it coming and loved that about the story.
Mr. Napa uses vivid sensory details, placing you right into the story with the characters. There will be times when youll realize youre holding your breath!
I also enjoyed the banter between Trudi and Samuel. It makes me wonder if theyll eventually get back together again, but I guess well have to see where Mr. Nappa takes the series.
The book was definitely creepy in spots but not over the top. If you like Steven James and Ted Dekker, youll enjoy this book. Im looking forward to the next one in the seriesRavencoming in the fall.
I give Annabel Lee 4.5 hideouts. What lies beneath Trucks farm will surprise you and keep you turning the pages, but Ill warn you . . . leave a light on!
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMApril 21, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you enjoy a good suspense novel then I suggest you go ahead and pick this one up. Annabel Lee is the first book in the new Coffey & Hill series. I expected it to be slow in parts because it would need to introduce us to the characters and set the stage. I was completely wrong. Instead the reader is just thrown into the midst of the plot and left to figure things out as they come to light.
There are some gruesome parts that just seem downright evil. And in fact they are. But there are other parts that aren't what they appear to be at all. At the beginning of the story Annabel Lee's uncle locks her in a hidden underground shelter with a barely controlled guard dog. Why? What craziness is this? As the story unfolds the unknown comes to light and even though you will understand the reasons they are still scary.
Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill are former business and marriage partners. They've got a complicated history that just adds to the tension in this novel. I really like their characters and look forward to watching their story unfold in the coming books.
I don't give away endings but this one is a doozy! Take a bathroom break and get yourself a snack because you're not going to be able to put this book down as the story line comes to a climax. The epilogue will be a soothing balm to all the crazy of the previous chapters. Read the preview of the next book, The Raven, at your own peril. I say that because it doesn't come out until September and you will be left wanting to read it NOW. On a final note the acknowledgements were the best I've ever read. (Yes I read those and you should too! Gives you insight into who the author really is.)
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.