Saturday, March 21, 2015

Harper Voyager 5 Star ARC Review: Gideon (Alex Gordon)

GideonPaperback, 432 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Harper Voyager

Preston & Child meets Kim Harrison in this edge-of-your-seat debut thriller—a superb blend of mystery, urban fantasy, horror, romance, and the supernatural.
When Lauren’s father dies, she makes a shocking discovery. The man she knew as John Reardon was once a completely different person, with a different name. Now, she’s determined to find out who he really was, even though her only clues are an old photograph, some letters, and the name of a town—Gideon.
But someone—or something—doesn’t want her to discover the truth. A strange man is stalking her, appearing everywhere she turns, and those who try to help her end up dead. Neither a shadowy enemy nor her own fear are going to prevent her from solving the mystery of her father—and unlocking the secrets of her own life.
Making her way to Gideon, Lauren finds herself more confused than ever. Nothing in this small Midwestern town is what it seems, including time itself. Residents start going missing, and Lauren is threatened by almost every townsperson she encounters. Two hundred years ago, a witch was burned at the stake, but in Gideon, the past feels all too chillingly present . . . 

Alex   Gordon
Alex Gordon, author of the supernatural thriller GIDEON, was born in the Northeast, grew up in the South, and now resides in the Midwest. She is currently developing another thriller, and is having too much fun doing research. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching sports and old movies, running, and the company of dogs. She dreams of someday adding the Pacific Northwest to the list of regions where she has lived. And maybe the south of France.

Some secrets should stay buried...But not this one....

I review for Harper Collins all the time and love all of the books they publish....So when I received this book from an imprint called Harper Voyager then I knew I had to give it a try.... and I am so happy I did. This debut novel called , Gideon, written by Alex Gordon is one of the most intense, suspense-filled, supernatural thriller that I have ever read. Alex Gordon enters into the publishing industry with a BANG.....WOW....Gideon is high on my list of favorites for 2015....

The main character, Lauren, has just lost her father unexpectedly and at the same time discovers that her father had many secrets...and that most of them lead to a small town called Gideon. Lauren is determined to get the answers to her questions so she leaves to visit the small town of Gideon. 

"She looked out over the town, the old man's words ringing in her ears. Any reason why we should welcome you? As if he had been lurking in the woods awaiting her arrival. AS if he knew why she had come...."

Immediately upon arriving in Gideon...Lauren realizes that this town is not as it seems. The town itself seems dark and creepy and there seems to be a cold feel of dark shadows around every corner of the town. The residents of the town are mysterious and treat Lauren with hostility and suspicion when she first arrives but Lauren does not let this stop her. Lauren's character is so strong, level-headed, resilient, and determined. She does not let the atmosphere nor the people of this evil town stop her from discovering the truth that she seeks. 

There are so many twists and turns around each turn of the page in this book. One of my favorite things about the writing of this book is how Alex Gordon incorporated so much history into the story. The Sudden Freeze of 1836 killed many of the townspeople instantly and The Great Fire of 1871 ravaged not only Gideon but the surrounding towns as well. Lauren learns that the town and its people blame her family for their grave misfortunes. 

There are centuries worth of secrets, lies, witchcraft, and supernatural forces within Gideon. The residents of Gideon are supposed to be the protectors that guard against the demons that roam the town....but over the years some have decided to follow the light.....

"Eliza had suffered from an affliction for as long as she could remember. As a young girl, she had tried to explain it to her parents more than once. But her mother had scolded her for lying, and her father had warned her never to tell other people such tales lest they call her a witch. And you know what they do to witches, don't you, my girl? He had towered over her, dark eyes alight with the truth as he knew it to be. They light them like kindling, and laugh as they burn....."

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an intense, "un-put-down-able" book...Gideon is filled with suspense, horror, and mystery....I literally could not put this book down...I stayed up late into the night just to see what happened next....WOW....Alex Gordon is now high on my list of favorite debut authors......

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Harper Voyager for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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