By Kelli Owen
A Chilling Paranormal Thriller
It’s not that Lily May Holloway is a broken, battered teenager recently escaped from her kidnapper.
It’s not that she may or may not have killed him to escape.
The question on Detective Travis Butler’s mind is — what exactly does the death of little Tommy Jenkins have to do with her kidnapper?
And why does the man behind the one-way glass want the detective to entertain Lily’s tales of speaking to the dead … and being able to hear the thoughts of the living?
In her novella Wilted Lilies, Kelli Owen weaves a chilling tale of suspense, intrigue, and the horrors people inflict on one another. And she weaves this on a loom of the paranormal, blurring the lines of subgenre with expert skill.
Other reviews I have seen appear to be variations on a theme: The book is about –this-, and it was good, and I liked it. I completely understand these simplistic reviews. The book is good. It is a good, strong story. I liked it, myself. And I believe you will like it too!
But this just begs the question: Why?
The short answer is: because Kelli Owen is an incredible author and this is a quality piece by her.
Kelli hooks you with the opening paragraph, slowly and steadily reels you in as the story unfolds, then snatches you up with the ending. This is her style and it never disappoints. Her attention to detail and continuity as she builds tension is impeccable. Her characterization is always compelling; compelling you to want to know more, compelling you to want to get to know each character even as she reveals more about them, compelling you to feel something for them and with them. Her stories are always creative and enjoyable and reflective of the human condition. But she is often one step beyond the typical thriller, weaving in things that intrigue and chill you and take you that place where horror thrillers are born. Wilted Lilies is a perfect example of this. The story is dark and mysterious and I just could not put it down.
You may note that other reviews spoke of wanting more. This is not because her ending was lacking. Oh no, the ending was amazing and quite impactful. You want more because it’s just that good and the concept of the story makes you want more.
But once you start reading Kelli Owen, you are going to want more.
Get it on Amazon:
Wilted Lilies (US Link)
Wilted Lilies (UK Link)
About the Author: Kelli Owen
Kelli Owen is the author of more than a dozen books–her fiction spanning from thriller and psychological horror, to an occasional bloodbath, and the even rarer happy ending. She was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, and has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Destination, Pennsylvania.
For more information on her books and social media links, please visit her website at kelliowen.com
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