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Book Review: Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

🖋️🖋️🖋️🖋️ The plot was predictable at times, but altogether enjoyable even when I knew what was coming. 🔪🔪🔪🔪 There are many deaths, though few are gruesome, and at least one dog attack. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐If you like suspense and mystery novels, you'll like this book.

Summary: Leonard Truckson was always a secretive man. Annabel knew he had secrets. She also knew she was one of those secrets. Why else would he need a German Shepherd trained to eat fingers?

None of that really prepared her for the day he woke her in the middle of the night, told her to get dressed, and brought her out to where that dog lived. She also wasn't prepared for him to pull a  lever next to the dog house that revealed a secret bunker. She was least prepared to be locked in that bunker with that dog with the strict orders to not let anyone in unless it was him and he said the safe code.

Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill had once been married, but his covert missions had put stress on their relationship and led to a divorce. So, when he shows up asking for a book he gave her years ago, she knows something is up. She's even more suspicious when Dr. Jonathan Smith shows up and questions her as one used to receiving answers.

Driven by a need to discover the truth about Dr. Smith and the strange clues Leonard Truckson left in his absence, Trudi finds herself wrapped up in an intense plot involving the CIA and other secret societies. Soon, what began as a desire to know the truth becomes a race against Dr. Smith to get to Annabel first.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I found I was able to piece together the facts at almost the same speed as Trudi Coffey, and everything mentioned became important.

I appreciate Nappa's unique style and tone and the way he crafts the mystery and the characters.


Book information:

Title: Annabel Lee

Author: Mike Nappa

Genre: Suspense, Supernatural Suspense

Published: March 1, 2016 by Revell


A note on how I review fiction books:

I have a few genre specific reviews (out of 5):

Knives (🔪) for how much violence/gore/death there is in a book.

Pens (🖋️) for how well I feel the book was written, this includes grammar and plot.

Kisses (💋) for how much romance or how many/how spicy romantic encounters are in the book and how well it's written.

Stars (⭐) for how likely I am to recommend the book to someone.

I will then provide a summary of the book and a few final thoughts.



J. J. Hanna is a writer and reader of suspense, crime, thriller, and mystery novels. If you'd like her to review your novel, reach her on the contact page. She may review your book even if it doesn't fall into those genres.

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