Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Review: Blur by Steven James

by Steven James
Publisher: Skyscape
Published: May 27, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.

What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?

As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.

Full of mind-bending twists and turns, Blur launches a new trilogy of young adult thrillers from Steven James, a master of suspense.

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My Thoughts:

Blur is about Daniel, a senior in high school who begins to have episodes of blurs where he confuses reality with hallucinations or fantasy. He has these episodes during an inopportune time such as in the middle of a girl's funeral and in the middle of a football game where he gets injured.

During these blurs the girl who died appears to him and tells him that she wants him to find out about her death and to stay the course, seek for the information and learn what really happened to her. Everyone thinks that her death was an accident. The more that Daniel finds out, the more he begins to think that Emily's death was not an accident.

Blur was a fast pace novel. It held my attention right from beginning to end. There were a lot of plot twists which really made it interesting if you were trying to guess who the murderer might have been.

I thought the character of Stacy Clern was an interesting one and an interesting play on words. The characters seem to be well developed and quite realistic.

This was an excellent novel that fits well into the young adult and thriller suspense genre and I would highly recommend it. I gave it five stars out of five.

Thank you to the author who provided a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Steven James is the best selling author of more than three dozen books, including the Patrick Bowers and Jevin Banks thriller series. In May 2014 he released the first book of his teen suspense trilogy, Blur, and a book on the craft of novel writing, Story Trumps Structure. Steven’s other works span a variety of genres including non fiction, fantasy and drama. He has received wide critical acclaim including two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, three Christy Awards, and as a finalist for an International Thriller Award. Publishers Weekly calls him "[A] master storyteller at the peak of his game."

Steven is an active member of International Thriller Writers, the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and International Association of Crime Writers. He is also a contributing editor for Writer's Digest. He has a master's degree in storytelling and has taught writing and creative communication around the world. When he's not writing or speaking, you'll find him trail running, rock climbing, or drinking a dark roast coffee near his home in eastern Tennessee.

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