First of all I wish to thank Bloodhound Books and Helen Claire for inviting me to take part on this tour for THE FORGOTTEN by LINDA PRATHER because wow have I just found another favourite author to follow.
Loki Redmond is positive her grandfather’s 100 acre farm in Mississippi will be the perfect place for Jake Savior to heal after the murder of his wife and his banishment from law enforcement before they begin their partnership in Redmond Private Investigations.
But fate has other plans.
The discovery of a month old baby and young girl with no memory of her name, running from a man she calls The Devil, plunges them into danger. Loki’s Native American connection to the spirits makes her a target for the delusions of a madman who is determined to kill her.
Tension continues to rise when a special unit of the FBI enters the case, and Jake is forced to decide what he believes in. Can he change the future seen by Special Agent Brian Wilkes, or is Loki destined to die?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Wow what a tremendous start for a new series and a new author to me. How have I never read any of her books because she certainly gave me the perfect combination of my favourite elements for my ultimate reading pleasure. The ability of being able to connect in so many different ways with the dead, the morbid discovery of murdered victims and of course the raging lunacy of a pair demented psychopathic killers. I was ready to drool with anticipation, Homer Simpson would have been envious of me
Jake is still recovering from the horrific murder of his wife when his friend Loki and soon to be business partner for Redmond Private Investigations, suggests a get away and recharge of batteries at her grandfathers 100 acre farm in Mississippi. Unfortunately it soon turns into a ‘bus mans holiday’ for the pair when Jake finds a young teenager with a baby running from ‘the devil’. Far worse is to be discovered and soon the FBI are to be involved.
Talk about never a dull moment! Linda Prather rocked the core of my being with this gruesome story and I just held on to every sentence. This pair of killers are two of the most frightening that I have read about and I just loved that she invited me into their wrapped minds. I think it was the relationship that they had that made them such a scary pair. When the story was topped off with the super natural elements I was absolutely sold on this book. What a gripping story. I just cringed not wanting any of my already favourite characters to become victims of this pair. Loved this book. Bring on number 2
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a reader who follows specific authors, and loves their characters I’ve often wondered what would my readers like to know about me? It was easier with my published book as I met many of those readers and spent time talking with them, answering their questions, and getting to know them. I actually made several wonderful friendships through those endeavors and we still stay in touch by email. EBook sales are substantially different in that I rarely, if ever, meet my readers now. And I miss that. I miss that one-on-one contact of discussing writing, characters and life in general.
One of the most often questions asked is: are any of my characters a part of my own persona. Well, yes, many of them are. Let’s take a look at Sacred Secrets, the prequel to The Gifts.
I believe we all have a dark and a light side. Thus Gavin McAllister a/k/a Jacody Ives. Gavin, the “good” personality, and Jacody the “not quite so good” personality. The deeper, darker, more angry personality. In Sacred Secrets, I explore the trauma behind the split and the creation of Jacody Ives. So, yes, I feel a definite connection with both Gavin and Jacody.
Clover is a young girl who reads tarot cards, auras and believes everyone is psychic. I too believe everyone is psychic, and many of my own characteristics are a part of Clover’s personality.
Katie has lived the majority of her life on “death row”. Knowing that without a heart transplant she would die. I too was told early in life that without a pancreas transplant my days were numbered. After being placed on the transplant list my doctors discovered that I was allergic to the medications I would need for the operation. The surgery itself would kill me. So I know what it’s like to “be on death row”. And my short time on the transplant list is responsible for my interest in cellular memory.
Billy Dawson, the Dream Weaver. An interesting character. Torn between what he believes to be right, and his obligations. Don’t we all feel that same soul searching crisis throughout life?
Miss Charity, my own deep scars and wounds. Which, I hope you’ll forgive me I prefer not to share.
Those are just a few of my favorite characters in Sacred Secrets, which I believe are a part of my own persona.
As Sacred Secrets is the prequel to The Gifts, I did sort of a Star Wars on myself. In The Gifts Gavin and Jacody are no longer totally separate. They function as one, although not totally one.
Sarah, the town Sheriff, like Gavin has what her grandmother called “The Gift”. To Sarah it has always been more of a curse. Like Gavin, she dreams things. Things that happen. And therein lays her frustration. There’s no way she can ever know if what she dreamed is real until it happens, and then it’s too late to do anything about it. What kind of gift is that?
Nikki, Sarah’s five year old daughter reminds me of myself at her age. Yes, even then I was a little weird in the fact that I sometimes saw things or dreamed things that later I found out really happened.
I would love to believe that I have many of Millie’s charming characteristics. I know I have her propensity to feel that trust is essential in a relationship, and that without that trust nothing else matters.
When I started writing The Jacody Ives Mysteries I knew I wanted to write traditional mysteries to keep the reader guessing until the very end. I’ve been told many times that I accomplished this with The Gifts. The jury is still out on Sacred Secrets and I’ll have to wait for reader’s reviews to know if the twist at the end was enough. I will have to say it shocked me, as many times my characters go off in directions I had no idea they were going to take.
So now you know a little more about me, and my characters.