3 out of 4 stars
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Jake is a psychic who has been awakened almost every day for years by the cries of a little girl. Although able to see and talk with other ghosts, he can’t find the little girl or stop her crying. When he does sleep, he has nightmares, typically involving a clown and dead children. This continues even after moving to numerous residences. Desperate to get some sleep and stop the child’s crying, he researches the occult, including information on witchcraft and casting spells. In the meantime, Jake makes a fortune with stocks and gives back to the community by funding a couple of nonprofit businesses. This catches the eye of the IRS; they are convinced he is somehow laundering money. They send a couple of agents to follow him and gather information.
Mike is a police officer. His partner was just shot, along with two other men, while they were in a bar. They are all in the hospital on life support now. Mike thinks his partner was set up by Detective Patterson and Judge Scarpella. He is determined to take down these two men and deliver justice to his partner.
Betty Cries...: A Jake St. Johns Novel by James A. Leyshon is the first book in this thrilling paranormal crime novel series. Written from the third-person point of view, there are two stories that seem to be separate but eventually are woven together; the first is about Jake, and the second is about Mike. Although it is the first in the series, it can be read as a standalone novel as all the pertinent questions are answered by the end. The author possesses a vivid imagination, showcased in this intriguing and mesmerizing book. There are several twists and turns that will keep one wondering where this will lead next. The plot represents my favorite aspect of the story. There is an eerie and frightening quality to it. However, some occasional incorporated humor lightens the mood.
One of the things I enjoyed about the story was Jake’s complicated character. He had a large crucifix in his home but dabbled with black magic. Although against the establishment, he thought it was extremely important to give back to the community and the needy, especially after becoming rich. Jake drank too much and displayed a temper but could also be incredibly kind and considerate. He desperately wanted to find someone else who was psychic and could comprehend what he was experiencing. While not always the perfect hero, he was likable and easy to pull for.
However, although I found this fascinating story hard to put down, there were some flaws that were difficult to overlook. Several times in the novel, I had to reread to try to make sense of something; this was my least favorite aspect of the book. An example is when Jake was in his home alone, boxing up books to send out for his nonprofit business. Then, in the following paragraph, he was hanging pictures with a friend and telling him about a new girl he was dating. A couple of paragraphs later, with no explanation, he was boxing up books again in his home as if nothing had changed. Besides the confusing issues, there were too many grammatical and punctuation errors. It could use a professional editor.
I would love to see the flaws in this book cleaned up as the author has a brilliant imagination, and the novel has the potential to be outstanding. Even so, Betty Cries...: A Jake St. Johns Novel is still a thrilling and captivating book and achieves a rating of three out of four stars. One star was removed due to the errors. I think people who enjoy riveting crime novels with intermixed paranormal activity will appreciate it. There are profanities and violence in the novel, so it is unsuitable for children or sensitive readers. Witchcraft and conjuring up demons are part of the plot, so if this offends the reader, they may need to look elsewhere.
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