Friday, September 4, 2015

The Arx Book Review

I have a compelling book to share with you that will leave you wondering right up until the end who the bad person is and what the real reason is for all of this! The book is called The Arx and the writer is Jay Allan Storey.

Ex-Homicide Detective Frank Langer’s life is a mess. A year ago he was placed on extended medical leave from the Vancouver Homicide Squad after a mental breakdown. Six months later his wife left him. Now he spends his days drinking and chain-smoking, and his nights waking up screaming from a horrific recurring nightmare. The guys at the squad think he’s lost it and will probably never return.  
So when Frank shows up one day with a wild story about a conspiracy to kidnap and murder babies, they pat him on the back and tell him to go home... 
My Thoughts:
This was one heck of a story and half of the time I couldn't figure out if Frank was really crazy and just seeing things or if all of what was happening was real.
Unfortunately, for Frank, he doesn't even know sometimes if what he is seeing is real or not, so that complicates things. He has to try and figure things out too along with you while you are reading about him still trying to do the right thing, especially when babies and toddlers start to go missing and the mothers ultimately get blamed.
Frank is brought in by one of the mother's sister, who doesn't believe her sister really staged a kidnapping only to burn the baby in her stolen car later on. When they arrest the woman, she is found hanging the next day and everyone assumes she felt guilty over killing her baby.
But strange things start happening and Frank is in the middle of it all and it almost seems like someone is out to finally drive the nails in the coffin to make sure Frank suffers a complete mental breakdown. Frank isn't sure anymore what is real and what isn't and even I started having a hard time figuring out what was real and what wasn't.
This book will surely keep you on your toes and keep you guessing right up to the end!

Happy Reading!
About the Author:

Born in Victoria, BC, Canada, Jay has traveled the world, passing through many places in the news today, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Swat valley in Pakistan. He has worked at an amazing variety of jobs, from cab driver to land surveyor to accordion salesman to software developer.

Jay is the author of two novels, THE ARX, and ELDORADO, a novella, CHOPPER MUSIC, and a number of short stories. A new novel is due late in 2015, and several other projects are in the works. His stories always skirt close to the edge of believability (but hopefully never cross over). He is attracted to characters who are able to break out of their stereotypes (as Jackson Reilly does in CHOPPER MUSIC) and transform themselves.

He loves both reading and writing, both listening to and playing music, and working with animals. He's crazy for any activity relating to the water, including swimming, surfing, wind-surfing, sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

Jay is married and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Ronda said...

I did not get a chance to read at all this summer. My reading time will be starting in about a month.

Misty said...

My best summer read was The Summer Girls. I read a little this summer, but I do most of my reading in the winter, when going outside is just horrible. I hate the cold. (

Stacy said...

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares has been the best read of the summer for me.