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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at

Sunday, April 29, 2012

What Dies In Summer

What Dies In Summer (Southern Gothic)
“A Coming Of Age Novel”
By Tom Wright
ISBN #978-0-393-06402-5
W.W. Norton & Company (Hardback)
Price: $25.95
Publication Date June 2012
Rating 5-Stars

In this intriguing tale of a teenage boy growing up in Texas among a dysfunctional family, young James “Biscuit” experiences life, love, fear, and terror in a story surrounding murder and sexual depravation. It’s a story that captures your heart and emotions as young Biscuit tries to protect his cousin Lee Ann from sexual abuse, while avoiding physical abuse from his stepfather. To add to the terror, a sexual predator is killing young girls and mutilating their bodies, while Biscuit fears his cousin may be next. The human monster is worse than any imagined creature the mind can create.

This was a story impossible to put down. I was amazed at the wide-sweep of dysfunctional families.  It seemed that everyone was a suspect, and there didn’t appear to be any sane families in the plot. The characters were thoroughly thought out, and the pacing moved smooth and easily.  I even picked the wrong person as the murderer, so the author kept me off my toes.

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