2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 5 books toward her goal of 265 books.

Be Careful What You Wish For, or a Book Review of The Voice – and a Giveaway!

Today’s Book Review Tuesday post is a seriously creepy, deliciously dark, sinfully sharp whip-crack of a novel.  Voice, by Joseph Garraty, is the story of Johnny Tango (a.k.a. John Tsiboukas), troubled soul and lead singer of the band Ragman.  And he owes thanks for both descriptors to the mysterious man he meets at the crossroads.  Yes, the proverbial crossroads – as in Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads…  (If you don’t know that legend, poor thing, it’s time to l learn something about the blues, so take a gander here.)

After a prologue sure to raise every single hair on the back of your neck, the story opens in a dark bar, new-band night under way.  In a moment of perfect synchronicity – or else diabolical master-minding, you be the judge after reading the full story – fiction’s coolest female guitar-slinger, Case (of course she only has one name – she’s fiction’s coolest female guitar-slinger…  ;)), finds herself a new band, and shortly thereafter John finds himself a new voice (and a new persona).  And so it begins.

Voice is an incredibly paced, indelibly dark, wickedly entertaining story and a riot-ride from start to finish.  Filled with memorable characters caught at their own crossroads – be it the cross between marital commitment and soul-deep attraction, brotherly loyalty and self-preservation, friendship and fear of being hurt – the story is an utterly eerie exemplification of the old Chinese proverb.  In Garraty’s world you would do well indeed to be careful what you wished for, for you just might get it.  And heaven help you and everyone around you then.

Joe Garraty has generously agreed to provide a giveaway copy of his book to a lucky Jill-Elizabeth.com reader!  And I’m thrilled to be able to use Rafflecopter to facilitate the entry process.

Best of luck everyone – and if you don’t manage to win, go out and grab your own copy of Voice.  It’s a wild ride, and definitely not for the faint of heart (this isn’t a kids’ book – it’s creepy and horrifying and colorful in the best possible ways), and worth every agonizing, adrenaline-soaked minute.  As long as those minutes aren’t spent alone.  In the car.  Parked in the dark.  In front of a copse of trees.  During a thunderstorm.  While waiting to pick up your step-daughter after cheerleading practice.  In the dark.  Yeah, those last ten minutes I spent in the car after putting the book down were, perhaps, the longest ten minutes of my life…  This isn’t one to read before bed-time, at least not unless you are much less prone to wild imaginative flights of evil fancy than I am!


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