Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review - Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa


Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret’s name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late.


Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.


I really love a good mystery/thriller and this book totally fits the bill. It's a bit creepy, too, in a good creepy kind of way and totally brings you into the story and keeps you there! It has more twists and turns than the Matterhorn at Disneyland and has the same thrilling adventure to it.

Annabel Lee is a young girl who lives with her uncle Truck, a man with a frightening way about him. You realize immediately that he has something to protect and is hiding away from someone but you don't know who.  Everyone obeys him without question and that's how Annabel Lee finds herself living under ground in a bunker with a crazy, vicious dog to protect her.

I really liked some of the other characters that we're introduced to including the private investigator, Trudi, and her ex-husband who get pulled into the story by someone searching for Truck. I love the faith of Trudi and how it lightens a story with characters that are so dark at times you're not sure you can handle the evilness of them. It's truly a story of good versus evil.

The other character I really liked was The Mute who works for Truck and is instructed to protect Annabel Lee no matter what. I really like that he takes this seriously and has a code of ethics that keeps him doing what he needs to do.

This book is very intriguing and was such a great change of genre. It's definitely great for the Christian reader who likes a mysterious thriller that will keep them on the edge of their seat. I absolutely loved it and Mr. Nappa is a new favorite author!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads

Blessings - Julie

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