abuse, mental sickness, psychological, Reverb, suspense, trauma
Author: J. Cafesin Genre: Psychological Suspense Format: eBook Publisher: Entropy Press Pages: 328 Publication date: January, 2013
Reasons for reading: Received this book from the author for a candid review.
James Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. Desired by many, committing to no one but his muse, on the eve of his brother’s funeral, his father inadvertently turns his life into a living nightmare, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.
His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking-glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.
Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.
I must first of all start by admitting or confessing that the review of this book is long overdue. And for that I do apologise. With that out of the way I plunge straight in.
How far will a parent’ meddle’ or’ interfere in the life of his child to ensure his will or what he thinks is best for his child is carried out? James Whren is a physically beautiful, rich, self-absorbed but extremely talented musician so wrapped up in his music that he has no time for anyone. He feels alone and unloved by his father whose actions later set in motion series of events that plunge James into unimagined horror and personal torture. Particularly disturbing and intense, I couldn’t put Reverb down once I started reading. Initially I found James, selfish and unyielding in his thoughts towards his father; having lost his mother at a tender age, he is unwilling to overcome his grief over his mother’s death. But my feelings change as I realised that his is a soul in torment. Does his father Edward Charles Whren XXI have any acceptable justification for the course of action he takes? And does his remorse erase what brutalities and suffering his son goes through and the effects?
Jerri Cafesin has written a powerfully complex, compelling novel with characters that bring the hard-hitting story alive in a deeply profound way. Both story and characters linger long after the read. I was shaken by Reverb and for days, I lay awake, thinking of the role I play in my sons’ lives as a mother.
Adequate words fail me here to express how deeply I was touched by this novel. Reverb touches on a lot of issues, drug abuse, parenting, prison systems, mental sickness. Reverb also focuses on the darkness within the human being and the terrible things humans can do to each other. Reverb is not all gloomy; there is love, a beautiful romance that blooms slowly between James and Elisabeth, a young widow, which encompasses Elisabeth’s child, Cameron. Elisabeth and her son provide a much-needed anchor to James; they provide hope for James himself and I dare say for humanity too. 🙂 And there is redemption. And forgiveness.
Jerri Cafesin skilfully weaves the plot to inculcate the psychological and the romantic, creating this powerful novel that is at once moving, shocking, gripping and profound. My only snags are that some parts of the novel dragged a bit. But that in no way detracted from the overall effect. Secondly, the narrative is in the present tense. I guess that is more of a personal thing.
Reverb comes highly recommended for all lovers of good psychological suspense novels.
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Nana Prah said:
It sounds like an intense book. Thanks for sharing your wonderful review.
It is Nana. You’re welcome 🙂
I agree. I need something good to read.
Kimmy, I think you should read it. And I would love to rad what you think about it 🙂
Jueseppi B. said:
Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.
Thank you Jueseppi. 🙂
Jueseppi B. said:
I’ll look into getting this. Thanks Celestine
Please do. You would love it Al. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Nice review without giving too much away. You build up interest for the reader thank you!!!
My pleasure dear friend. And thanks for stopping over 🙂
Ste J said:
I do love your book reviews, you read some fascinating sounding novels and I shall keep my eye out for this one.
Ste J, I’m actually looking forward to you reading this book and letting us know what you think. it’s a big case on psychology and all.
Ste J said:
Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku said:
Reverb sounds very deep and captivating! Your review surely sparks an interest in my head. Thanks for sharing, Celestine.
My pleasure Stella. As always, I appreciate your support 🙂
Sharmishtha Basu said:
It is, Trisha. Thanks.
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New cool book review of romantic suspense Reverb on Reading Pleasure! Yea! https://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/review-reverb-by-j-cafesin/
Thank you Jerri 🙂
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Very cool book review! Made my day, though missing my son away at music camp this wk. You are the bright spot!! Thanks for your review of Reverb!
My pleasure, Jerri. I should rather thank you for such a lovely compliment 🙂
I know how it feels with your son being away. One of my boys will be leaving for church camp in the middle of August (sigh)
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Very restrained in its sweep, and captivating for that reason – your review of Reverb. I am most tempted to read it, I will!
Meenakshi, thanks for coming over and for the lovely comment. Yes indeed, do read it. I’d very much be interested in what you have to say. 🙂