The prequel to Eye of the Storm: Eilida's Tragedy.
Evan O'Conner isn't a normal child. His father's alcoholism and mother's abuse drives him to concoct a plan to rid his life of them permanently. The night is fraught with a horrendous storm, thunder and lightning as the beast inside him is born. Even in her death his mother won't leave. She haunts his subconscious as he attempts over and over to kill her.
Evan meets his match when Officer Burkhlader enters the picture. One of her closest friends and his family fall victim to violent deaths during the worst hurricane Billows Hollow has ever seen. With only a sketch, she learns the identity of the perpetrator and digs into his life, pries into his past - hunting him. Will she stop him? Or will somebody else?
©2015 Lisa M. Klaes (P)2016 Lisa M. klaes
I most definitely would and already have. I have recommended the book to my friend because like me, she enjoys a really good thriller. I felt this book provided not only the thrill and the darkness, but also added a little something extra with the backstory of why Evan is the way he is made me believe that she would enjoy it.
There was no one memorable moment for me. From the beginning, the story is engaging and only gets better throughout the rest of the book. The storyline is captivating and never leaves the listener/ reader uninterested or bored.
No, I have not had the pleasure of listening Robert P Jellison perform before but will be looking for books he has narrated in my future purchases. He has great tone, cadence and voice inflection. I appreciate how his narration pace reflects what he is reading. For example, Robert increases his pace when a scene is meant to be disturbing or thrilling and can return to a slower pace as the storyline requires. Robert managed to bring this book to life for me and had me engaged from the first sentence he spoke.
I did listen to this book all in one sitting. I could not stop listening to it. Lucky for me, I recently had surgery and had the time to do so. I am so happy that I listened to this book. The author Elle Klass and narrator Robert P Jellison are a great team for the writing and narration. Kudos to both on an excellent book and narration!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
Seriously creepy! Evan's past is pretty messed up causing him to be a complete psychopath! This reminds me of something that happened here in Florida a few years ago. Very disturbing! Excellent book by Elle Klass and Robert Jellison does a great job with the narration! Can't wait for the next book!
My experience is based on the audio book.
I am a fan of this series. It has many elements that make it complex and well written. This story is told through the psychopath of Evan. It was extremely disturbing to be put in his mindset. It gave me the chills and nightmares. I loved it. It was disturbing and completely crazy. Evan is a great main character because of how twisted his mind is. I feel it gives you a glimpse of a mind of a serial killer. My favorite part was the very end. I was clapping and hollering at work while listening. I think my coworkers might think I am crazy. An element of the book is astrology. I thought that was a unique twist and added a more developed plot. I would recommend this series to my thriller loving friends who aren't afraid of some gruesome realities.
My audio experience was fantastic. The narrator added such passion behind each word that I was blown away. I quickly became entranced with his voice and the emotions behind it. I was pleasantly surprised how well he did. I plan on following this narrators career because it is going to be great. I will listen to him again.
From the beginning this novel churns with a storm of suspense and psychotic behavior of the villain. The Calm Before the Storm is the perfect concoction of thrilling reading for fans of Elle Klass and aficionados of the suspense, thriller, horror genres.
I definitely recommend this book. Great characters, Evan a psychopath induced from his past and Alice the caring detective. It was great storyline with hurricanes, scary and dark. Good narration. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom. Thank You!
I loved this sequel or is it prequel to this series. The novel takes off running and is nearly non-stop action until the end. I enjoyed seeing the events that took place before book one through the eyes of the villain, as it gave me insight into his motivations. Not once do I see Evan as likeable character that I could sympathies with, but I like knowing what created such a monster. Seeing the world through his eyes was hard, but I think you need to know what happened to him to understand his behavior.
I'm not going to say too much more about the story because if I do, I'll start spoiling the story. Know this, you have to have a strong stomach to read this novel, but it is worth reading.
I did find the pacing of the story moved too fast in a number of places for me. I listened to this on audio, so if I was distracted for a second, I would have to rewind a bit to see when we shifted scenes in the story. I also found that in some chapters the narrator read too quickly adding to the rushed pace. He may have done so to follow the fast, action-packed flow of the story, but I did have to turn the speed down twice on my Audible app because I wasn't taking in the story as well as I should because of how quickly he spoke.
Overall it is an amazing, emotionally disturbing, sad story that you should definitely read if you've read the first book.
Sins of the Mother can create monsters. Evan is sick man. I agree with the other reviewers. A strong stomach is a must. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Blast for my unbiased review.
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