From the outset one can tell the author has a writing pedigree. The structure is laid out to capture the reader and envelope them in the world of Denny and the gifted challenges she faces with trepidation.
Why do we dream? Are dreams truly a gateway to the soul or the doorway to the subconscious? Or is there even a difference?
Denny questions why she has this gift and whether or not it is even a privilege. Regardless, she seeks answers and tries to use her gift to help others avoid the turmoil she has no choice but to experience.
Ms. Bowman’s use of the word makes you feel the emotions and environment as she spins through Denny’s mind to portray an unwanted gift that only helps others while she herself is tortured. A wonderfully gripping read.
First in a Paranormal Crime Series
By ConsumerAdvocate (dakotad555)
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The “STROKE OF” novella series is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t read a ton of Paranormal literature, but I’ve read enough to have covered most of the major tropes in the sub-genre. STROKE OF FEAR employs several common tropes to great effect, including a physically disabled psychic, lucid dreams, second sight, and dreams a harbingers of future (or current) events. What makes STROKE OF FEAR unique isn’t the setup or the characters, but rather the style of the writing and the way the story is told. BOWMAN has found a way to marry some pretty dark thematic material to a lighthearted writing style. Somehow it works. I didn’t know what to think of it at first, but BOWMAN won me over, and by the time I finished this relatively short novella, I was ready to read the next two.
A Must Read!
By Donna Zadunijsky
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This was a fast read that kept me turning the pages to the very end. Could Denny have been dreaming or was she really there with the killer? The story makes you wonder what’s real and what isn’t, still questions enter my mind wondering if she can see where the place is and can help put the murderer away for life. Would be nice to see a second book to this story and find out what happens. Author Deborah Bowman, out did herself on this Novella. Such a great read and definitely worth buying.