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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blind Consent by Michael Davis

Blind Consent by Michael Davis
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary; Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full (300 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

The town of Tanglewood Falls offers breath-taking views, yet the serendipity is misleading. The impoverished people and their forgotten community have been unwittingly exploited. Their act of trust and blind consent alter their existence and the secret remains buried, until Ryan returns to explore his heritage.

For twenty years, he’s been haunted by confusing images and recurring dreams. He’s driven to understand their meaning, to obtain answers to his lost memories. Ryan’s search for truth collides with the folklore of the simple people and the belief that their beautiful Annie is blessed. Together, they unravel the mystery, but become targets of those responsible for what has happened to the town.

As the truth is exposed, Ryan must grapple with his own reality; the fact that his past, his nightmares, and Annie’s secret, is entangled in the desperate act of one lonely man.

Women-- strong, nurturing, and compassionate with an innate joy for life-- inhabit the pages of Blind Consent. Men, ranging from inherently good to despicably bad, guard the people or things they love with determination that sets them at odds with each other at times. Guilt and despair are driving forces in some of these flawed characters.

Ryan Mitchell, seeking peace after his wife’s untimely death returns to his childhood home of Tanglewood Falls to reconnect with his mother and his baby girl, Emma. Leaving a successful engineering career where science and technology rule, he steps into what seems like a wrinkle in time—a wrinkle caused by a horrifying event that happened twenty-seven years ago.

Annie, clairvoyant, gifted, patient, loyal, and practical reaches out to help others. Her confident, calm demeanor along with her unswerving love for Ryan are like golden threads woven into the tapestry of this story that has black threads of evil and misery always present, sometimes prevalent and other times a subtle, shadowy background.

Michael Davis’ descriptions make Tanglewood Falls so real the reader feels as if it is a community on an out-of-the-way road once traveled. His medical and engineering explanations, very necessary to the plot, are not as enjoyable to read as his excellent descriptions of the characters and places, but they are clearly written and understandable.

Michael Davis’ characters like Aunt May, Emma, Mouse, and Sam along with Ryan and Annie lure the reader in to share what is going on in their lives. They are well-developed characters and add a variety of emotions to this story that revolves around a momentary lapse of one man’s judgment and the trusting nature of the people in Tanglewood Falls.

Michael Davis creates a unique story about second chances and amazing love that never waivers. He invites the reader in and seems to disappear allowing the reader enjoy a poignant sojourn with the people of Tanglewood Falls. Good Reading!