Book Review: Brooding City by Thomas Shutt

Title/ Brooding City / Author/ Thomas Shutt / Publisher/ Createspace  /
Publishing Date/ September 2014  / Length/ 237 Pages  / Genre/ Paranormal Thriller
Amazon / Goodreads

cityBrooding City is about police detective Arthur Brennan. He and his partner are called to the scene of a baffling murder, the investigation of which will lead them into the city’s dark underbelly of crime. Their lives could be the price to find the murderer and stop the flow of a drug that is infesting the city and has already taken its toll on Brennan.

Meanwhile, spending the summer on his family’s ranch, is Jeremy. A young man obsessing with an old tower on the family property. An injury sustained while exploring the tower opens his mind to an incredible and frightening power that will give him intimate knowledge that could change his family forever and lead him to do things he would never have imagined.

At first the two stories seem very much unrelated, but the reader does eventually find a most interesting connection between Jeremy and Brennan. What it means in the grand scheme of the story isn’t readily obvious.

This book kept my attention. Both stories were equally enthralling, with equally interesting characters and thrilling twists. Despite bouncing back and forth between the two, I never felt like I had to get through one to get back to the other. I was content to wait to see how they intersected. While I do still have some unanswered questions, I can wait for the next book.

Note: My son insists that I review any/every book of Mr. Shutt’s.  After reading his author bio and seeing his reading, gaming and television watching preferences, The Boy has decided that he is one of us. Not exactly how I choose the books I want to read, but I can’t argue with The Boy’s logic. I gratefully received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

This Bookworm awards “Brooding City” 5 Tomes
5 stars

Goodreads Summary: A homicide detective must chase down a violent drug lord whose product is leaving a trail of bodies in its wake. Detective Brennan is aided by having a special power—he innately knows when someone is lying to him or telling the truth. There are others like him, though, and his dreams are haunted by deadly agents from his own shady past. Meanwhile, in the valley outside the city, a young boy comes into his own power of downloading other people’s memories on touch, and he uncovers old secrets that threaten to tear his whole family apart. His power also makes him a prime target for the aforementioned shadowy dream-stalking agents, since his brain lights up like a beacon at night with so many memories crammed inside

Author Info: TOM SHUTT writes paranormal suspense with generous helpings of humor and a sprig of mystery thrown in for good measure. Sometimes he dabbles in fantasy, but in all cases, he strives to push the boundaries of modern fiction in search of good answers to hard questions. He lives on the perpetually rainy East Coast with some cats, dogs, and a basement full of mistresses. His favorite authors are Jim Butcher, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Stroud, and Eoin Colfer. He knows how to hide a body from the police, and the research for his novels has likely landed him on a few security watch lists. He enjoys reading, gaming (Halo, Civilization, BioShock, Call of Duty, Minecraft), playing pool, chasing deer, hunting deer, riding deer, and lying about what activities he does with deer. His favorite shows include Supernatural, Game of Thrones, iZombie, and anything created by Joss Whedon.

Thomas Shutt (0101-01-01 00:00:00+00:00). Brooding City (Kindle Locations 2933-2939). Kindle Edition. 


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