In one of the best ‘vengeance’ stories I have ever read, Julia Dudek introduces us to the fascinating, yet haunting life of Angelique McCourt; a beautiful, intelligent first year med student who has spent her life dealing with issues of self-esteem due to her extensive photographic memory. After initially struggling with the rigors of a new life; a new home, a new roommate, and the overwhelming feeling of being a ‘cheater’, Angelique witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend. Now she is faced with a challenge that has never been bestowed upon her – although the only witness to the heinous crime, she loses her biggest asset … her memory, which inhibits her ability to identify the killer. Unable to help the lovesick Detective Ben Mardsen track the killer, Angelique must now face the demons of her own subconscious and start her own lethal investigation in order to bring her memory back, and bring her best friend’s killer to justice.
One of the greatest strengths a writer can have is the ability to bring the book to life. It’s important to find a way to enable the reader to become part of the story and actually feel like they’re a part of it. Julia Dudek makes this happen brilliantly in her debut novel. Her attention to detail is some of the best I’ve ever read. It’s unfortunate that this story has a final page because I can’t remember the last time I read a book that I didn’t want to end ... eventually. This is the type of story that completely sucks you in to the point where you can actually feel the emotions of all the characters, both main and supporting - the love, the hate, the anger, the humor, the mental anguish, the sadness, and even the need for vengeance after a brutal attack on a loved one.
Julia is a wonderful story teller and her writing is nothing short of extraordinary. If you only have a few dollars left in your pocket and you really feel the need to buy something … buy this book. You won’t regret it. 5 huge stars for Julia Dudek’s debut novel, ‘Pieces’.
Dan Fitzpatrick (aka, The Visionchild)
Author of Vision Evan’s Book and VisionII: The Black Skull
(reviewed the day of purchase)