A Hollow Sky
A SUSPENSEFUL, ATMOSPHERIC THRILLER.
Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.
The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.
When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.
Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.
A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollow-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07H9DTFM8
US – https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07H9DTFM8
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My Thoughts and Review:
The second book in the Dr. Alex Ripley series. In which Alex is more to the fore than in the first book. A fast moving tale in which no word is wasted.
Alex is called into investigate the story of Megan, a young girl in a coma, who is credited with being able to cure people of their illnesses. She has no say in this as she is used by her family and the local reverend as a faith healer. Will Alex find out that the cures are true, or will she be able to debunk them as some form of trickery or mass hysteria. It raises moral and ethical questions of using persons who have no voice, The debunking isn’t entirely resolved and sometimes everything doesn’t need to be tied up in a big bow.
A book full of faith healers, con men and persons being used and abused for their helplessness and willingness to believe. Megan has the best of medical care and is well looked after physically, but something is unsettling about the way she is used and how her visitors are so naïve in their belief that she can cure their illnesses. As I said earlier a moral dilemma,
The writing is improved in this second book. Alex is a more rounded character and we know more about her past. This is shaping up to be a good series and I look forward to reading more of M. Sean Coleman’s work and Alex is turning into one of my favourite characters. A well deserved four stars from me and roll on the next instalment in the series. Read this I think you will enjoy it!!
Author Bio – Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.
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