I had the chance to beta-read this week’s feature read…and it was amazing. Melissa Litwiller did an awesome job developing the plot and gifting us with characters that we will carry with us long after we are done reading the book.
Dee is her main character and has a lot to deal with. BUT don’t worry, Melissa created a wonderful supporting cast in Sheila, Ruth, and Jackson.
Have you ever had the same dream, repeatedly, never knowing exactly why? Twenty-one-year-old Dee Fosco has, and she can no longer ignore it, or the voice that has spoken to her since she was a little girl.
The novel, Viper, tells the story of a girl growing up in the isolated hills of Kentucky, with her deeply depressed mother. The beat-up trailer they now live in is cramped and full of the memories of the past, and Dee’s mother, who is getting through life with numerous medications, is in constant grief over her failed marriage. She is a religious person who doesn’t take well to Dee’s constant plagues of dreams and visions. Her ability to take on the emotions of others – her mother’s being the most draining – keeps Dee suspended in a state of distress. Though she feels alone, there is always someone with her – a guide who speaks to her – giving comfort when she feels alone.
Her dream involves a family – happy and well adjusted, something Dee wasn’t used to in her own life. She watches as the mother and father cherished the boy and girl, laughing, playing, and loving one another.
Then one night, she sees these happy images change and now there is only a father and son in the little cabin. Over time, the boy turns into a man, tortured with demons that have been forever working to change him. Her guide reveals images of this place, Viper, Kentucky, and though she is warned of the danger that is imminent, she is pulled to go to Viper, if not for the sake of this mystery man’s soul – then for her own.
Make your kindle happy…go and down it. Viper