Today, I am very happy to share a very mysterious, spooky read – Pharaoh’s Star by Olivia Hardy Ray. This had so many twists and turns! Thanks to RABT Book Tours for hosting and giving me a spot on the tour!
About the Book
Title: Pharaoh’s Star
Author: Olivia Hardy Ray
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Blurb: Nick and Jenna Dowling buy a second home in Upstate New York but this dream of a lifetime turns out to be anything but relaxing when a strange and mystical experience on a dark, forgotten back road leads Nick on a frantic search for answers about the reality of his identity. Frantic to explain his mysterious amnesia, Jenna Dowling calls upon a therapist for her husband, while Nick befriends an alien abduction expert. Each desperately searches for the truth, but in the end, it is not the truth that sets them free.
Review: This one is so difficult to classify, because I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. There were so many questions that you had to keep reading. Who is this man? Is he Nick Dowling? Is he Robbie Nichols? Is he Sanford Hinkley? Is he someone else entirely?
I enjoyed the setting of the Catskills mountains, especially the old road with the cabin at the end. You know that something has happened there, even if you never fully know all the details, and it sets an eerie tone that lasts throughout the book. It is a thriller in every sense of the word. At the same time, the story is extremely intimate. Nick is struggling to find his identity, since he doesn’t remember anything at all about his childhood, and is starting to believe that he may have been abducted by aliens and experimented on. Jenna, his wife, is a psychologist and very grounded in the real world. She has to deal with the fact that her husband may be having a complete breakdown, while at the same time wondering if she even knows him at all.
The plot twists keep you guessing all the way through the book right until the end, which is why it is so hard to put down. I needed to know the answers! It was an absolute roller coaster all the way through!
GoodReads rating: 4 stars
About the Author
Olivia Hardy Ray is the pen name for Vera Jane Cook, who is the author of Dancing Backward in Paradise, 2007 winner of the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction and an Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence, also in 2007. Dancing Backward in Paradise received a 5 Star Review from ForeWord Clarion. The Story of Sassy Sweetwater was a finalist for the ForeWord Clarion Book of the Year Award and the recipient of a five star review from ForeWord Clarion. Where the Wildflowers Grow was her third southern fiction novel and is receiving 5 star reviews from Amazon.com. Her latest southern fiction novel just released is Pleasant Day. Her woman’s fiction novel is Lies a River Deep and the soon to be released ‘Kismet’. Under her pen name she is also the author of Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem, and Pharaoh’s Star. The sequel to Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem is Annabel Horton and the Black Witch of Pau. That novel will be released this summer. Jane, as she is called by friends and family, writes in the genres she loves: southern fiction, women’s fiction, mystery and fantasy paranormal fiction. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her spouse, her Basenji/Chihuahua mix, Roxie, her Dachshund, Karly, her Chihuahua, Peanut, and her two pussycats, Sassy and Sweetie Pie.