Author – M.Sean Coleman. Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.
His first book in the Alex Ripley series is The Cuckoo Wood.
Social Media Links –
Facebook – www.facebook.com/mseancoleman.author
Twitter – www.twitter.com/mseancoleman
Publisher – Red Dog Press
Pages – 291
The Blurb –
A SUSPENSEFUL, ATMOSPHERIC THRILLER.
Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.
The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.
When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.
Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.
A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery
Today is my stop on The Cuckoo Wood blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to review.
My thoughts – After reading The Cuckoo Wood I was eager to get back to Alex Ripley. I really enjoy her as a character and this book didn’t fail to deliver. The story continues straight after the conclusion of The Cuckoo Wood. Recovering from her injuries, Ripley finds herself contacted by someone she briefly met through a television debate.
Ian Hewitt has just lost his wife to terminal cancer, a woman of faith, she believed that a miracle can save her. So when she hears of a coma patient called Megan, who heals people she naturally wants to try it out for herself. Ian is dubious but goes along with his wife’s wishes, so when his wife dies the very next day after visiting the teenage Megan, his anger boils over and he sets out to discredit Megan’s gift.
Ripley finds herself in a small Welsh town, trying to stop Ian Hewitt from getting into more trouble, even though she doesn’t know him well, she is fascinated by his story and by Megan. What she finds is the town revolves around Megan, everyone in some small way benefits from her gift and they don’t take kindly to outsiders coming in and questioning the morality behind using a teenage girl to heal people.
I love M. Sean Coleman’s writing and the way he creates the small town atmosphere in his books. His description of the cliffs and the history of the town is very evocative and I could envisage the burial chamber
‘She stood for a moment, touching the cold stone, feeling the history. These ancient structures always reminded her how fleeting our time on earth was. How much had come before and how much would follow.’
I really hope there will be another Alex Ripley book.
Purchase Links –
Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop
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This book counts towards my British Book Challenge