Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Release Day Review: Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill #1) by Mike Nappa

Title: Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill #1)  
Author: Mike Nappa 
Publisher: Revell 
Source: Publisher 
Published: March 1st, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon B&N 

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret's name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn't know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic "Dr. Smith" know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl--before it's too late. 

“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.

© at A Belle's Tales



  1. Anonymous3/01/2016

    This sounds awesome. Great review!

    1. Thanks! It's such a great little thriller!

  2. Sounds really interesting! I do love that poem....

  3. This one sounds creepy and so good! I really need you to stop adding books to my TBR... except not really. Great review!

  4. My gosh this one sounds creepy and very suspenseful! And did I say creepy? I'm glad you enjoyed it so and that it really engrossed you. I don't know if I'd pick it up, but I am interested in it!

    Lovely review :)

  5. This sounds like an interesting book. The reference to Edgar Allan Poe sold me on it.


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