“For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee…”
- Edgar Allan Poe
I love Edgar Allan Poe, so I was immediately drawn to the title and cover of this book. This turned out to be an absolutely wonderful suspense thriller! I confess, I had a few books in front of this one to read; but I opened this book and from the first three sentences, I was hooked:
“Uncle Truck keeps a German shepherd on his farm that’ll eat human fingers if you feed ‘em to it just right.
I know this because I have seen that dog. And I have seen them fingers.”
And those first sentences turned into pages, and those pages turned into chapters, and those chapters turned into me reading it in one sitting.
Uncle Truck’s last words to Annabel as he sealed her in the underground bunker with the hardly controlled finger-eating German shepherd were “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”
The story is told from the perspectives of Annabel, private investigator Trudi Coffey (who is joined by “The Pig,” aka her ex-husband and ex-partner Samuel Hill), and the former Army sniper known only as “The Mute” as they attempt to uncover an incredibly alarming and potentially dangerous secret... and above all, stop a madman.
Mike Nappa tackles religion, government secrets, and a surprising dose of supernatural succulence in Annabel Lee! I found Annabel to be completely endearing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the cast of supporting characters (especially The Mute) as well as the mystery surrounding this sweet girl and her uncle. While this book wrapped the storyline up nicely with a great epilogue for closure, I loved that there was a bonus tease at the end of my copy involving Trudi Coffey, and it made me enormously hungry for her next story! My first novel by Mike Nappa but definitely not my last!
Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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