Beth's Review: Almost Mortal by Christopher Leibig
Author Provided Copy
Publisher: Koehler Books
Released: May 1st 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Legal, Thriller
Length: 261 pages
Young criminal defense attorney Sam Young has always known he had a gift. Or a curse. A minor psychic ability, he sometimes thinks. When he is hired by attractive young nun Camille Paradisi to help discover the identity of a serial killer before a local Priest is exposed for not having turned the man after a confession – thereby allowing another killing – his abilities seemingly enhance. He quickly learns that the enigmatic Camille is not telling him everything. Sam reads a section of an old journal anonymously mailed to the Church, which purports to tell the life story of a man with mind control and other special powers who claims to be the descendant of the fallen angels cast out of heaven by God. He ponders its relation to the case while using his legal and investigative skills to establish the identity of the killer. As he learns more about the mystery author, and Camille, he realizes that the journal has less to do with the serial killer than an age-old battle for entry into heaven. As things become even more clear, he sees that Camille’s own history and purpose in hiring him are different than he ever could have believed. In the end, the question is not only whether Sam can find one killer and save one priest, but whether he will take part in the trial of the ages.
Five Boundless Stars
This is a very well written murder mystery! I loved the constant suspense provided through brilliant writing. This is a smooth read with perfect editing. The characters are very well developed, and every reader will relate to, at least one of the characters; personally, I connected to three different characters.
Almost Mortal is 235 pages, so it isn’t a really short book, but the suspense made it an extremely quick read; it’s next to impossible to put down! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves great stories! Seriously! What could be better than a “not very religious” public attorney working for his court appointed cases; while also taking on “side cases” for high profile criminals, gamblers, crack dealers, drug users, a Catholic Priest, and a nun,? There is so much more I could say, but not without giving away significant parts of the story. There are so many surprising characters with so many twists; you’ll feel like you’re driving through San Francisco!
I give Leibig a 5 Boundless star rating, with complete confidence that it is genuinely earned for writing Almost Mortal. I look forward to rating his second book in this series.