Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Girl in the Maze

It is musicale night at my neighbors!  All I hear are strange guitar sounds and drums for three hours!  When he put the room in the garage, they should have put in better sound proofing!  I keep wanting to ask they take requests!  I would be happy to hear anything except the same rock song over and over (week after week).  I do not know how the guy who lives next door puts up with it (I do not believe he has hearing aids)!  My parents are very lucky!  Their rooms are on the other side of the house (can you tell I am a little cranky).

I have just finished reading The Girl in the Maze by R.K. Jackson.  Martha Covington has schizophrenia.  She has gotten out of the asylum, on stable medications, and finished counseling.  She has accepted a position as a summer intern at the Amberleen Historical Society in Amberleen, Georgia.  She will be recording and transcribing the history of the Geechees (direct descendants of slaves who were freed after the end of the Civil War) on Shell Heap Island (they live isolated from the rest of society).  The residents believe in the paranormal (ghosts, spirits, and magic).  Developers wants to take Shell Heap Island and build on it (condos, golf course, etc.).  Martha’s boss is Lydia Dussault.  Lydia is very active in stopping the development of the island.  Lydia wants to find a way to connect the commissioners (who are crooked as windy road) to the investment group.  She asks Martha to look into it.  Unfortunately for Lydia, Martha looks into it and confides in the wrong person.

Shortly after arriving Martha begins hearing and seeing unusual things.  She does not know if it is from her schizophrenia or is she having visions.  Jarrell Humphries has trying to get proof of the developers unscrupulous methods without success.  After Martha is thrown out of her boarding house (for creating disturbances), she stays the night with Lydia.  The next morning Martha finds Lydia dead.  Guess who they are blaming for the murder?  Martha is on the run, but, thankfully, Jarrell gives her a helping hand.  They have to prove who really killed Lydia and try to stop the developers from taking over Shell Heap Island (while on the run and Martha is without her medications).

I did not enjoy reading The Girl in the Maze.  I found it to be a strange book that moves along at a snail’s pace.  It is obvious who is behind all the corruption from the very beginning (so it is really no mystery).  Nor did I find this book to be a thriller or a book of suspense (like I said-strange).  It has a sort of paranormal element in it (at the very end).  I give The Girl in the Maze 2 out of 5 stars (I am being generous).  Please be aware that there is graphic violence in the book. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Girl in the Maze from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my latest review.  I am currently reading A Woman of Note by Carol M. Cram (not enjoying it).  Have a wonderful and relaxing evening!  Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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