Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (A Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 1), Denise Grover Swank (Kindle Edition)
Rose Gardner is blessed, or cursed, depending on how one looks at it by psychic visions that occur sporadically and without warning. Most are innocuous, except for making Rose feel like a freak, but one vision, occurring at her workstation at the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles was devastating; for the first time, she saw her own death.
Interestingly, the vision seemed to be spurred by one man, previously unknown to her who had appeared at her workstation supposedly to deal with some DMV business. What follows is a violent sequence of events during which Rose must confront and conquer her fears, deal with guilt about her mother’s death, deal with suspicions about a neighbor who tries to help, but whom she does not trust, and her sister who sees her as a simple ineffectual person who has always lived in her mother’s shadow. To help her cope with what she sees as her own impending death, she makes a bucket list, one item of which is “commit all seven deadly sin in one week”.
The threat against Rose is clear to the reader throughout, but the reason for the threat and the part, if any, her neighbor plays in it is not made clear until the very end. The story is told in the first person by Rose as though she were a witness to her own life…but aren’t we all? The action moves quickly, the fears are reasonable and rational for a young lady of twenty-four who has grown up through what amounts to child abuse. The reader is kept on edge and is never completely sure where the story will end…until it does. Very entertaining, and the first person narration is refreshing.
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank (Kindle Edition)
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