A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: A story of redemption and second chances wrapped up in a taut and suspenseful action story.
Blurb: A cop and a recovering addict – no chance for romance there.
Yet Vince, a street-hardened narcotics officer, is having to reassess his life. Six months ago, he hit rock-bottom. A bullet brought him down, and his beloved partner Jack betrayed him. Badly disabled and in constant pain, Vince is flying a desk these days, and it doesn’t suit him at all. His world is looking grim when he meets Rowan Clyde, sole surviving witness to a vicious drugs-related killing.
Rowan doesn’t want to talk. He’s vulnerable, trying to hold his own life together in the wake of a crippling addiction. Vince should have no time for him, and Rowan certainly shouldn’t trust a cop with an agenda to get him onto the witness stand at any cost.
Yet despite their differences, there’s an instant pull of attraction between these two damaged men. Their new bond is put to the ultimate test on the tough streets of Newcastle during a dark northern winter, as each turns out to hold the keys to the others survival – and to his destruction.
Review: So, it’s Christmas Day here in the states. No one is around–I could post whatever I please and probably not here a word from “the boss” till Wednesday for sure. Which means I could let you in on a little reviewer’s secret? Come closer…no, closer. I need to whisper in your ear. Please, don’t tell anyone else but the fact is that sometimes we reviewers? We don’t really know what to say.
Shhh–stop laughing, it’s true, we really do sit in front of our computers and look at the book we just read and find ourselves absolutely flummoxed about how to put in words we haven’t used before what an excellent and exciting book it is we have just devoured.
Honest, dear reader–it is hard not to sound trite when you stayed up half the night cause the darn story that author Harper Fox lovingly put down on paper was so incredibly good you just really want to say–Hey! Just go buy this book–it’s utterly fantastic.
So sure the blurb does not fully explain how Vince Carr, a brash, young police detective is on his way up to better and brighter things than the poverty laden past he comes from and so desperately wants to escape. And, quite possibly I should mention the incredible pain and torture that Vince goes through when he is shot from behind, leaving him in the position of relearning the most basic things like walking, and having to deal with the fact that a second bullet is lodged in his spine and surgery may render him paraplegic.
Or maybe I should focus on the idea that Vince is fairly certain his partner and lover left him there to die; that Jack ran away and is now lying about it. But this was such an incredible book; a beautiful love story, a story about redemption and recovery and second chances that so rarely come around.
Of course if I said that then I would have to mention Rowan–the reluctant witness who has a dark secret that keeps him from divulging what he knows about the drug dealers and their leader for fear he will be drawn into a past he so desperately run from every day. And, if I mention him then I would have to tell you about the instant spark that fires between lonely Vince whom Jack has left to pursue a job in America and Rowan, the artist who no longer is able to paint unless he succumbs to addiction again.
Oh dear reader, I would have to go on and on about the taut little mystery that Harper Fox weaves in and around this poignant and absolutely gorgeous love story and tell you again and again that no words I use can really do justice to her novel, Half-Moon Chambers. I would have to say that you really should give yourself a treat this holiday, you should dash out and buy this one–savor it, cherish it, cause really excellent stories are so often so rare and this one fits the bill completely.
However, I just sit here, staring at my computer screen, wondering how to put into words what an incredible story Half Moon Chambers really is…and whether or not I can just type a four word review and get away with it. The four words? Go. Buy. This. Book.
Instead I will stop at this. Dear Reader, as usual the choice is yours. So I leave you with the wish for a happiest of holidays–a Merry Christmas if you are so inclined and the idea that perhaps the best gift you could give yourself this year is to read a little story by Harper Fox called Half Moon Chambers.