4 out of 4 stars
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The past doesn't exist independently from the present. There is only 'a past' because there is 'a present,' and the present mirrors the past.
Billy McArdle gets into trouble when drugs worth millions of pounds are lost at sea, immigrants wash ashore, a yacht is burned, his accomplices are murdered, and two policemen in the line of duty are killed. After fleeing everything and having nothing to lose, he comes to Detective Inspector Jack Munro for help. When Clive, a distant relation of an indigene of the town, comes to renovate his inherited property and brings in his family from the city, strange things start happening. He has to deal with strange noises, bodies found on the shores, and his son's imaginary friend. He is sure that something isn't the way it should be. The unexpected is bound to happen with occasions of the past repeating itself and diaries springing up. October 27th will tell it all.
Breakers by Barry Litherland is a fictional novel. The plot of the book is spectacular in a way that appeals to the reader. The author's ability to combine two different storylines into one story is laudable. His choice of words is mesmerizing; it captures the very essence of the story. The description of the paranormal scenes is top-notch; it feels like a movie. From the scary sounds and images to how the characters think is perfectly written.
The character development was good; each of the characters mentioned in the novel had a role to play in the development of the story. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. On the one hand, Breakers came off as a crime fiction novel. On the other, it read like a paranormal mystery. Yet, the combining effect was thrilling.
What I liked most about this book was the author's choice of words. The use of personification and synecdoche was flattering to the mind. Here's one of the many sentences that blew me away:
The author uses this sentence to describe how the skipper of the yacht reacted when questioned. Here's another one:As the questions grow more accusatory, he retires behind an impenetrable wall of incomprehension, and his understanding and ability to manipulate the language diminishes.
Reading this sentence, the reader would feel whatever the character felt. The use of words was terrific, and that was what kept me glued to the end.My heart is hammering; it feels like an explosion is imminent.
There was nothing to dislike about this book. The book was professionally edited; there was only one error in it. I rate it four out of four stars and recommend it to anyone who loves crime, mystery, horror, and thrilling stories.
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