FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“What arrrre you doing?”
Tattle pats the assortment of flowers she just arranged in her hair. “To quoe Susan Polis Schultz, ‘Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...’”
“Ok, it is official, you have spent too much time in the summer sun!”
“Wellllll, maybe, so let’s go in the shade for our Love of Literature Leap review.”
“COURAGEOUS CAIN by D.J. Davis?”
The two leap into the pages of the thriller.
“The year was 1986 and Josie Spepherd, a loner except for her charming champion, lovable Border Collie, Fletcher, finds herself squarely in front of the fan when the crapola hit.”
Tattle gives Wrye a sideways glance. “Dog do-do aside, Josie has her reasons to be a loner, and finding a dead women staring back at her with open, dirt-filled eyes can turn anyone into hard-shell duck-and-tuck turtle.”
“Or running away, and, our wild-haired, little athlete likes to run. Not talking just about putting on the sneakers and dashing down the trail.” Pumping his arms and moving his feet, Wrye does an imitation of a jogger. “She is a hard body cross-country runner with a shelf of trophies, metals and ribbons to show for it.”
“Yup, yup and triple yup, but she also runs from the world. Her dog plants a muddy paw on a map and that’s where they go, the moment life takes a twisty-turn that she doesn’t like.”
Wrye frowns, “That sounds harsh. I like Josie. She is self-reliant, independent and after a childhood of being raised by a grandmother who teachers her that love is a trap, the young lady has reasons to run, especially when her boyfriend Bradley Swanson, dumps her when she won’t marry him. She has no ties since her grandparents died, why should she stay put.”
Tattle holds up both hands defensively, “Hey, I’m on your side. I like Josie, too. The only love she really ever had was from her stroke handicapped grandfather who could barely talk and the current dog in her life. I feel her, and…” Peeks ahead in the book. “Find her brave and resilient. And, she needs all the bravery she can get when a serial killer besides she is in line for his personal affection and attention.”
“Thank doggone goodness she also gets the attention and affection of Deputy Gordon Wolfe, shy, scared, and an amazing gentle giant.” He wiggles fluffy brows. “And what about their last names… Wolfe…Shepard… Coincidence? I think not! She soon finds herself not being able to run from the emotions he elicits so easily.”
“Ah, but there is another that claims her attention,” Pointing at a name the story, Tattle offers a triumphant smile. “Cain! No one seems able to handle the massive dog but its evasive owner. Only Josie has a special connection to dogs, and she can see the abuse he suffered and the good dog behind what others see as a beast. Soon Cain connects with her, receiving the only love he has ever known.”
“Then more bodies show up. The killer steals Josie’s undergarments and they show up in pictures of tortured women. She wants to run, but then there is Gordon, Cain, as well as a new friend, Darby, who ends up also abducted.”
Tattle shoots back. “Cain is being used as the killer.”
“Can she help find her friend? Can she allow herself to love Gordon? Can she resist the urge to run?”
“That last option is taken away when Josie finds herself tapped by the killer and Cain. Can her connection to the dog save her and Darby?” Tattle offers a worried sigh then brightens as she puts the book away and reflects. “This story is a heart-wrenching experience tumbled with biting-your-nails suspense and dramatic intensity. The depth of characterization creates real people. They aren’t the typical formulized type found in fiction but unique and flawed But it is those imperfections that makes them perfectly human while their personal growth within the story is well-paced and believable. D. J. Davis’ descriptive prose puts you fully in the time and place. Today’s world is gone. Whatever is around you is gone. You are part of the COURAGEOUS CAIN universe. The small town and its community comes to life, while the villain stays well-hidden yet so obviously there. His first person narrative that appears in short bursts is down-right chilling. This book hooked me from beginning to end.”
Wrye takes over. “Being a dog enthusiast, I couldn’t help but warm to animals within the story but especially to Cain. Even when he first appeared as a vicious brute, I felt the heart within. D. J. did a brilliant job of making him genuine and a creature you couldn’t help loving. The storyline is amazing, with hold your breath scenes and tissues at hands moments. I can’t offer enough praise for the storyline’s consistent momentum and the intricate character interaction. I highly recommend this book, and can’t wait to get my hands on the next!”
Hope you all enjoyed our reviews! Until next month, keep reading.
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdash
of Blather City, Wannachat
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