A Hollow Sky
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
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With huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, for offering this book to read, for the blog tour. The synopsis was very intriguing and I was so glad I joined in, only regretting that I didn’t take up the Cuckoo Wood too (Book 1 of the Alex Ripley Mystery books from M. Sean Coleman).
The characters within the story are very engaging, meeting each one of them as they arrived on the scene, brought to light what was happening within the story and how they were involved.
Alex Ripley is a fascinating character and with her own worries to deal with, she is still a strong character to be reckoned with! As she offered to support Ian in his quest to find out the truth about this miracle healer, you get to know a lot more about the locals, how protective they are and how far they will go to keep the peace.
I really enjoyed learning more about the healer and how this young girl gave so much hope to so many people, with a few just recently that were not as successful, which is the start of the complaints that become evident, where belief is not stronger than seeing.
The descriptions used for the surrounding areas were very distinct and played, I feel an important role within the reading of the story, adding depth and intensity.
This book had me going all the way through with every page something different happening, however it was the last 100 pages that I read on, in one sitting! At the end, the chapters jumped to different characters and what they were going through, not at one point did I feel confused, it only made me read on even faster!
There were so many twists to the characters and the things they did to protect others, to the secrets they held, only made this story fascinating, a story line that I have not come across before but was believable.
The ending (no spoilers) was perfect, I felt my reading of the book was complete and I had no further questions, just a moment of contentment.
I absolutely recommend this book to read, it is one of those ‘must reads’! I will be hoping to read the Cuckoo Wood (Book 1) in the near future.
Author Bio – 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.
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