Annabel Lee

annabel-leeAuthor: Mike Nappa

Series: Coffey and Hill #1

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: February 2016

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A Mystery that is deeper at every turn. Mike Nappa will leave you captivated from the first page.

Everyone has secrets, but not many are like Annabel Lee Truckson. One night her uncle takes her out of bed and leads her to a hidden underground in a bunker with only a guard dog and strict instructions not to open the door for anyone.  While she is hidden below ground strange things are going on above her including murder, kidnapping and a strange cult.  The only ones out to help save Annabel Lee are a set of Private Detectives and a former Army sniper called The Mute.  As they race to save her, tension builds and the body count rises.

As the first book in the Coffey & Hill series I can see this going a long ways. For parts of the book I wasn’t sure what to think.  About midway through I could see how it was going to go over a hundred more pages, and I thought I was about to lose interest.  Only a few pages later I was hooked more than ever.  There were twist that I never saw coming, and I am usually good at seeing every twist.  Fans of Edgar Allen Poe will recognize Annabel Lee from one of his stories that is referenced throughout.  At the beginning I really thought this was going to be a skimmable pass over that I wouldn’t think about much once finished.  I am pleased to say I was very wrong, other than one point where I almost had to put it down thinking it wasn’t going to end well for one of the characters.  Once the setup was done the payoff was well worth it.  I never would have expected the reasons behind why Annabel was being hidden.  Nappa brought in some series twist that were done incredible well.  The characters were fun and enjoyable to follow.  Annabel Lee is spunky and so complex.  At first I expected it to be a story of her uncle trying to keep her from being taken, but the truth behind who wants her and why is so much more.  I especially enjoyed The Mute.  He was sharp and held everyone together.  Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill make an interesting detective team and I look forward to seeing where they go with their next adventure.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.