Review: Frantic

FranticFrantic by Mike Dellosso

Summary: Can a deranged serial killer be stopped before it’s too late? For gas station attendant Marny Toogood it’s just another day on the job when an urgent message from a young girl in the backseat of a car draws him into a daring rescue attempt. Now on the run with the girl and her brother, Marny begins to realize he must conquer his own past and surrender all to Christ. As they face kidnapping, underground cults, and other evils, can Marny trust the simple faith of a child and stand his ground against a power so twisted?

My Thoughts: Where do I start? I guess at the beginning, and for this book that would be the cover. LOVE it. Each element on that cover I can place in the story. It is creepy and so artful. I love it. It’s probably one of the best covers for a thriller I’ve seen in a long, long time! I would go so far as to say that it is just beautiful! It really is. And the lower portion gives me chills. Huge props to the designer. S/he did a fantastic job!

Mike Dellosso is a talented writer. He has a way with words. Some of his descriptions are just amazing, and I found myself quite impressed by how beautiful the writing is at times. He tells a story very well, and just dives on into the action from the very start. There’s no lead-in, no slow buildup. Make sure you have a block of time and some snacks nearby, because you won’t want to stop reading. Frantic is the perfect title for this book, as the pace is just that. Dellosso hits the ground running, and doesn’t stop until the end.

I love that faith in God is encouraged, but not overly so. Frantic doesn’t ever read like a sermon, getting lost in the God talk and forgetting the plot. The references to faith are frequent, but natural to the story. The Christianity isn’t forced, nor does it feel fake. It’s perfectly sprinkled throughout the novel – from the character struggling with his faith to the characters buoyed by their faith and even the character who believes he’s chosen to protect someone sent by God himself.

In all, Frantic is action-packed and keeps the reader guessing. There were some plot twists I could see coming, but plenty that I didn’t. This story is very creepy, and I’m glad I didn’t read this one into the wee hours! 😉 The title is perfect, as the book itself, really, is set at a Frantic pace, keeping the reader engrossed from the beginning. If you’re a fan of Frank Peretti or Travis Thrasher, you’ll love Frantic as well.

4 Stars
Sent by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Read It: Frantic is scheduled for release on February 7, 2012. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)

Challenges: Counts for the Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012, and Free Reads 2012.

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  1. Cindy
    Twitter: oodlesofbooks

    I love that cover and this sounds really good! Great review :)


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