Novel: The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Intelligent, highly imaginative, and gripping, The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia by Sahlan Diver is one of those novels that will appeal to fans of mystery crafted with a good
dose of suspense. Twenty-two-year-old Mike Denning has just graduated from England and has landed a great job at the perfect location, a remote island off the coast of Ireland.
The weather is perfect, as are his pay and everything, including the wonderful views. Plus he has a boss who is beautiful and young and free. But there is a sinister eeriness
about the place that gives Mike the creeps. He can't understand why half of the island is fenced off. The town's only connection with the outside world is through the use of
an old telegraph. As Mike begins to check out the oddities of this beautiful place, he notices that he is being watched. But it is just the beginning of an unending nightmare.
Can he get off this cursed island?
Sahlan Diver grabs the attention of the reader from the very beginning and sustains it until the very last page of this gripping story. The reader feels suspended on a thread,
hanging between dream and waking, absorbed by the creepiness of the story. I noticed the strong sense of mystery from the very beginning as the author describes an unusual
journey, and this quickly transforms into a psychological conflict that runs through the narrative. The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia features great writing and the author
knows how to make the reader feel a part of the setting, thanks to his excellent prose and his ability to paint vivid images in the reader's mind. I enjoyed the compelling
cast of characters, the well-imagined and masterfully constructed plot, and the awesome handling of conflict. This book is a great read.
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Novel In Preparation: For The Love Of Alison
Journalist, David Buckley witnesses a murder. Only one problem – the murderer doesn't exist, so now Buckley's the chief suspect, and he's on the run. Can he prove his innocence - and his sanity?
Student David Buckley’s obsession with fellow student, Alison Tindell, led to hospitalisation for mental illness. Thirty years on, Buckley, now a successful journalist, receives a surprise phone call from Alison,
inviting him to visit. That same evening, a murder occurs; Buckley is accused, and Alison, his only alibi, vanishes. The police don’t believe she ever existed. Buckley escapes,
travelling the country in a desperate search to find her before the law catches up. But someone else intends to find Buckley first, a person he fears more than anyone.
Reviewed By Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
...I loved the engaging style of writing in this novel, and the opening few sentences really caught my interest. Sahlan has an excellent storytelling ability. The author builds the story line gradually and introduces interesting characters that add to the plot in a way that makes the story easy to follow. The plot is constantly moving forward with many surprising actions and revelations from the characters, which provided great twists and excitement to the story. I really liked David as a character; he seemed to have many layers to his personality and was quite tortured. I was rooting for him to clear his name and find peace in his life. Millie had a great feisty spirit which I thought complemented David really well. The cat and mouse game between Magee and David also brought great tension to the story. The ending was brilliant and one I definitely did not see coming.
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