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Monday, April 27, 2009

Goth by Karen Lewis

Goth by Karen Lewis
Publisher: Eternal Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Short (131 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Stephanotis

An eerie tale of greed, lust and murder with supernatural undertones.

A shop assistant's disappearance from the strip mall triggers a major investigation-which fails to solve the case. When the new shop assistant begins to unravel the mystery, she puts her own life at risk. A grim sense of foreboding permeates a story as threatening as its setting - a dark mile of derelict buildings where vagrants live.

Hattie Gwyn AKA Goth Girl has gone missing. She was working at a jewelry/gift type store, left work one evening and hasn’t been seen since. The store isn’t in the best of neighborhoods, in fact, the whole place is sort of creepy, but Vanessa Ward finds herself as Hattie’s replacement. When she sees who she believes is Hattie…or perhaps Hattie’s ghost, Vanessa sets out to figure out what happened to her.

If you like to spend a few hours reading a creepy mystery, Goth is your book. It moves at a good pace and Lewis does a first rate job of laying and adding atmospheric effects like rain, fog and a run-down part of town full of color characters to send a chill down your spine. The red herrings are also carefully disguised. Figuring out the mystery wasn't simple and made for a good journey.

Goth isn’t for hard core romantic suspense readers, but fans of mysteries should definitely check it out.

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