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3.31.2016

Annabel Lee ~ Review

Annabel Lee
A Coffey and Hill Novel #1
by Mike Nappa

This is an interesting book, somewhat creepy at parts as one would anticipate from the cover. And there is an intriguing Edgar Allen Poe thread that runs throughout the book.

Eleven years ago something was hidden away, something that needs to stay hidden.  But someone is determined to find Annabel Lee and they will do anything to find her.  Annabel has been on her Uncle Truck's farm as long as she can remember. People either respect her uncle or fear him - Annabel loves him.  She loves him as much as she fears the dog. 

But in a single night everything changes.  Annabel is hidden away from every living thing except the dog and a warning from Uncle Truck - open this door for no one without the secret code.  Something is very wrong and Annabel is about to discover who she truly is...

When her ex comes back into her life Trudi Coffey is less than thrilled.  But she has a message to relay to Sam Hill concerning an old friend of Sam's.  What Trudi doesn't expect is she is about to be pulled into a mystery that could very well cost both her and Sam their lives.  But something about this stranger - this Dr. Smith, doesn't sit well with Trudi and her investigative senses kick in.  But she needs Sam to get to the bottom of this case, she just doesn't realize how much

This is the first book in a new series.  There is suspense, mystery, and the barest hint at fantasy.  This is a book that will keep you up at night, I know because it kept me up.  There is a bit of violence throughout, which may be a deterrent to some readers, but overall it was an excellent story.  Each chapter is labeled for the character whose point of view is being presented. This book is worthy of the Poe thread running through it.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.
The secret's name is Annabel Lee.


She doesn't know why her enigmatic 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."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.