Wednesday, August 17, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack

BOOK REVIEW: The Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack

The Alias is about a woman named Jacey who flees from her villainous ex-husband, toting her nine-year-old son with her. They end up in Mona, UT, at the farm of her best friend's aunt and uncle. She must adjust to a lifestyle completely different than her east coast upbringing while balancing the delicate scale of pretending to be someone she is not. Slack is a master at portraying emotions as Jacey takes you on a ride of guilt, fear, and elation.

Days after finishing the book, I still miss and long to visit Aunt Helen and Uncle Grant's farm. I could almost smell the homemade rolls and fresh cookies wafting from their country kitchen. I long to hear their playful banter, and see the breathtaking views Slack so vividly paints of the beautiful countryside.

Mixed with the joyful contentment, however, is a story of suspense and horror. Gripping scenes of abuse, close-call chases, and intrigue will keep your heart thumping and the pages turning.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense novels, especially if you prefer elements of romance. A must read! It's a fun treat; 201 pages with book club questions in the back. The book is clean, which I appreciate, a short and easy read, and appropriate for all young adults and adults. 4.5 stars in my book. Way to go, Mandi Tucker Slack! I look forward to reading your future novels!

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