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Michelle Devon is sometimes affectionately (and sometimes not so affectionately) known as Michy. That’s pronounced Mickey, like the mouse, and not Mishy, like a fish; not Mitchy like the guy on Baywatch; and no, it doesn’t rhyme with bitchy, though she can sometimes be that too. Her last name, Devon, was not originally her legal name, but rather a pseudonym, chosen from her son’s middle name, both for privacy reasons and also because her maiden name was too similar to a famous and/or infamous celebrity with whom she found it impossible to identify. However, she has since legally become Michelle Devon, for all of her business purposes.
For over eight years, Michy was a freelance print and web writer by day and an emergent novelist by night, until her family finally told her, “It’s your turn now.” Thinking they meant it was her turn to focus on her fiction writing career, Michy pushed freelancing to the back burner, completed three novels in three years, as well as starting three more that are in various stages of completion. She then began the journey of polishing, perfecting and per… puh.. P… well, running out of P words for alliteration, she began to search for a literary agent in January of 2010.
Little did she know, literary agents don’t scrub showers (well, at least not other people’s–they might scrub their own), and her family had actually meant it was her turn to clean the bathroom. So, shower scum went unchecked, and Michy really needs to sell one of these novels to pay for the cleaning service to come and etch the mold, mildew, and muh… m… well, she ran out of M words for alliteration too.
on June 06, 2012 :
I have read other great works by Michelle Devon, but this has to be, by far, my favorite up until now. She had me completely spellbound by the story, plot, and the various relationships between the characters. It is a fast paced novella that is sure to keep you turning pages. Michelle's characters are three dimensional, and have been carefully drawn with depth and complexity.
The story lines are professionally laid out, so that it builds naturally to its climax without being distracted by slow parts or irrelevant scenes, which might knock you out of the suspenseful atmosphere Michelle Devon has captured throughout. The protagonist Kyle McRoy's psyche is explored to a certain degree, but does not interfere with the flow of the story. Like many great books, the ending of CELESTE will keep you guessing. The ending adds an element of mystery, and it is left up to the reader to decide on a conclusion. I truly believe that Michelle Devon is capable of delivering many more enticing episodes of CELESTE, and I am assuming we will keep biting our nails trying to figure it out.
If you enjoy a good thriller, and suspense of a psychological nature, be sure to pick up a copy of CELESTE.
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(reviewed 2 days after purchase)