Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Haven - by Tom Deady - An epic coming of age story with terrific twist

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

After nearly seventeen years in Braxton State Prison, for a crime he didn't commit, Paul Greymore is a free man.  Free to return to the lakeside town of Haven.  Greymore may be free from the prison walls, but will he ever be free from his past?  Not if Cody Crawford, the local Chief of Police has any say in the matter.,

At it's simplest, Haven is a wonderful coming of age story, filled with excellent characters I grew to love and hate over the course of the 500 pages that make up Tom Deady's debut novel.

Of course there's Paul Greymore, disfigured in a childhood accident involving the spilling of boiling water on his young face.  Father Neil McCarthy who believes in Paul's innocence.  There's a bevy of teens who provide the story's heart and soul.  Denny and his best friend Billy.  Billy's slightly older sister, Julie.  Julie's bad-boy boyfriend, Dale, who happens to be Sheriff Crawford's son, as well as his cronies.

Deady provides layer after layer of narrative, there's a certain charm in his storytelling with one carefully crafted scene after another.  Some writers have a way of making the reader so comfortable with their words that it's like watching a movie in your mind.  Haven  is like that.

I don't always read the story synopsis before reading a book.  Sometimes I'll go into it cold, either because I like the author, trust the publisher, or have heard from others who like the book.  This is the way I went into Haven thinking it was just a nice little coming of age tale, and then...bang.  Wow.

There are some wonderful moments in Haven.  If you're looking for a read that will deliver hours of enjoyment.  You can't do much better than Tom Deady's debut novel.

Limited to 750 signed copies and already sold out, Haven is published by Cemetery Dance Publications.  Hopefully it will see a wider release down the road so everyone can enjoy this work.

From the author's bio - Tom was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts, not far from the historic (and spooky) town of Salem.  He has endured a career as an IT professional, but his dream has always been to be a writer.  A passionate Red Sox fan, Tom and a friend created Surviving Grady at the start of the 2004 season. Ten years and three World Series championships later, he still blogs about the Sox. 

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