Book Tour: Review and Book Excerpt: Phobia by C.A Shives

062df-phobiaTitle: Phobia
Author: C.A Shives
Publisher: Firestorm Editions
Release Date: April 25th 2012
Pages: 238
Read it in: 4 days
Source: Book Tour/ For Review

You can buy it on amazon.

Synopsis: Goodreads:

Panic invades a quiet town at the discovery of a woman’s dead body, bound and covered with poisonous snakes. The grisly homicide ignites the instincts of police consultant Artemis Herne, who must confront his own haunted past to uncover the frightening pattern of the killer. Every victim suffers from a phobia. And every murder transforms the victim’s worst fear into reality.

As Herne plunges into darkness and hunts for the truth behind the gruesome killings, he soon realizes that everyone has a fear to face.

My Review:

So, I started reading this and remembered a movie I watched that was scarily similar to it… Dread… So I got really worried… I was terrified of that movie! And this book was no different! The Healer as the murderer calls himself goes around turning peoples phobia’s into a reality.. their death. 

Honestly, Phobia has had me gripped and I’ve loved reading every minute of it. The novel was very well written and addictive. I found myself talking out loud trying, just as the police consultant, Herne was, trying to figure out who was going to die next… who the murderer was… 

If you like crime books, that aren’t boring.. .that are funny and clever and very addictive, then Phobia is definitely for you! Honestly after being a crime fan, recent crime books have let me down… Maybe Phobia has reignited my love for them. 

I was really impressed with the twists that made me ‘oh my’ out loud on a regular basis. I really did enjoy Phobia and thought it was well written. 

Wonderful book, wonderful plot, wonderful. No other words to describe it!

Rating: 5/5

Book Tour information:
As this was read as part of a book tour, I’m going to include futher information that I wouldn’t normally include!
C.A. Shives is the author of PHOBIA, a suspense novel based in a small Pennsylvania town.

When not reading, writing, editing, or publishing, C.A. enjoys watching a good action movie. The author also spends time target shooting on the range and raising backyard chickens.

C.A. loves cheesy poofs, Bruce Willis movies, and wine (often simultaneously). The author is also a fan of Professional Competitive Eating.

A second book in the Artemis Herne series is scheduled for a winter 2012 release. C.A.’s upcoming novel weaves a dark tale of horrific vigilante justice tainted by the bitter taste of revenge.

Book Excerpt: 
They stared at each other as memories flooded Herne’s mind like a scattering of photographs faded by sunlight. On summer break their freshmen year of college, they shared a bottle of illicit whiskey in Tucker’s basement. Best buddies having a little fun on a typical Saturday night. Walking a street in Hurricane, on their way to meet Tucker’s girlfriend—who would later become his wife—they saw the unmistakable glow of flames a few blocks away. The old brick bakery was on fire. They ran to it, knowing that the building was really a shelter for battered women. Once there they found a thin, long-haired man in the parking lot, holding a lit Molotov cocktail while screaming the name of his wife. Two more unlit homemade frags sat on the asphalt.
When the man saw them, he threw the bomb against the building and charged at Herne.
Herne pounded at the man’s face until his fist pulverized bone into tiny shards. Through a red haze of fury, Herne only saw the face of his sister—his sweet, young sister—beaten to death in her teenage years by a jealous boyfriend.
Tucker pulled him away into the night as sirens sounded in the distance. The man spent years in reconstructive surgery, and he never looked anything less than a monster. The brain damage he suffered made it impossible for him to identify his attackers.
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