Allison Skala’s world was turned upside down in the thirty days following the death of her sister-in-law, Megan. Battling insomnia aside, she was in the middle of mending her marriage when she discovered secrets her parents had so determinedly kept hidden from her. All in due time, another tragedy that happened incidentally intertwined her life with that of Detective Martin Blake. Both dealing with loss, sorrow, and a traumatic past, would they find salvation in the end?
Dark, exciting, poignant, Erase is a disturbingly aspiring psychological thriller that will make you rethink human nature and question morality. It is a tale that will surprise you, grip you, and haunt you in your sleep.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now this is a psychological thriller at its very best. You know when you feel like your life is just falling apart and you just need a friend to tell you its ok. Well Allison Skala’s life had imploded and one friend was just too involved in the good things in life to have time for her and her other, well he just wanted to be in her pants. Not much hope for a shoulder to cry on with either of them.
After Alison found out that her husband had been cheating on her with his step sister, yuk I know, then the said step sister committed suicide. Allison’s hurt and confused mind didn’t know whether to grieve or dance on her grave! Angry, frustrated and terribly hurt the only person that she could rely on was her own brother Adrian, who always seemed to appear in moments of desperation, well him and a good psychiatrist with a generous prescription of make it all feel better tablets.
Allison is quite a complex character that tries far too hard to be what other people want her to be. The perfect wife, perfect friend, and perfect daughter that always seems to miss the mark with them. The only person she can be herself with is Adrian her brother, a complex character himself.
When Detective Martin Blake turns up things begin to heat up and it feels like cluedo eliminating possible scenarios and possibilities that I have read. Has a crime been committed? You really can’t believe everything that you think you know. This is sooooooo good!
There is so much that I am bursting with about this book, which the reader has to discover themselves. It is one on those books that you need a friend to read too just so that you can say, wow, what did you think of that bit? The story is divided into three sections, the first two spanning 30 days, Resentment and The Lesser Evil. The last section, Conscience, was just pure stop you in your tracks brilliance right up to the very last sentence. Cor blimey I just loved this section. A super book, perfectly planned and delivered.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J Y Barris is a passionate novelist, an ambitious entrepreneur, and a graphic designer ready to change the world one silly idea at a time. Being creative has always been a part of her life. As a high-spirited child, impromptu storytelling and play-acting were two of her earliest talents. Although her love for English did not start until she was thirteen — it happened after she watched the movie Titanic for the very first time — that love became a huge turning point in her life.
”I would borrow fiction after fiction from the public library. One day I stumbled upon ‘Flowers in the Attic’ by V.C. Andrews and fell in love reading it.
I’ve wanted to write a novel of my own ever since.”
There are many great authors she admires, Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott just to name a few, but one in particular is the late V.C. Andrews. Her work has been an inspiration to Julie for years, and is her initial drive to become a professional, indie writer.
Today, whenever possible, she encourages others to write too.
“You don’t have to have the most exciting life to write. If you have a story to tell, tell it; or better yet, write it. The sky is the limit.
Let your imagination run free and your creativity will shine through you.”
On a side note: Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and MIS from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She currently lives in Minnesota with her all-supportive, genius of a husband, Sam, and their two chubby cats. In her spare time she cooks and eats healthy but absolutely hates exercise… if only badminton courts are easier to find. She enjoys the simple things in life such as watching a movie on Netflix and going for walks in parks and forests.