The Stone Arch Secret (Release Date: January 2018)
Twenty-eight-year-old cultural anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead. The cause of death is unknown.
At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital with total memory loss. For Dax, his memory loss is an act of self-preservation. Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.
Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her hometown, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that left Dax in a catatonic state. Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.
Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares.
However, Noah has a secret of his own, a dangerous secret, that will put Lilly in harm’s way.
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I liked this book! It was a good mystery and I honesty did not expect the direction it took. It was far darker than I could have anticipated. Honestly, there is nothing better than being surprised when reading a suspenseful book.
The writing was good, although there were a few niggly things that perhaps could have been smoothed out. That said, they did not detract from the story. I still enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked Lilly and Noah too, though Lilly was a bit too naive at times. Too trusting you know?
Which brings me to the villain of the piece (and no I won’t say who it is). This person is so loathsome and vile! The author did a fantastic job with the character as they literally made my skin crawl. Ugh!
If you enjoy a good mystery with some clean romance thrown in, then I highly recommend you give this one a go.
About the Author
D. Dowdall, PhD, MSN, RN was born in New England and spent her elementary-grade school years in Granby, Connecticut. She graduated from FAU with a master’s degree in Clinical Research Nursing and has a PhD in clinical nutrition. K. D. is also a lover of ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, and has had her own dance studio. She has written songs, poetry, short stories, and now several fiction novels; a children’s fantasy adventure story, a historical mystery/murder with a dash romance and a third fiction novel almost complete; a mystery thriller with romance. All are standalone novels. Her next book is a series.
Along the way, it was her good fortune to live in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Each culture she experienced reinforced her belief that all cultures are rich in storytelling to explain their human hopes, dreams, struggles, and life experiences, often in magical fantasy presentations. K. D. still dances, loves swimming, scuba diving, and theatre.
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