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5++ stars for Remnants of Fire by Alana Lorens #supernaturalthriller #paranormalthriller #bookreview

Title: Remnants of Fire

Author: Alana Lorens

Genre: Supernatural thriller

Book Blurb:

Looking for a fresh start, Sara Woods takes a job as a news reporter in a small town. Her first assignment for the Ralston Courier is to investigate of a string of deaths, all young women, all her age.

To deal with chronic back pain, she seeks help at a local healing center. She soon becomes convinced that there is something strange about the Goldstone Clinic. Its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and health, while their patients at first seem to improve and then mysteriously deteriorate.

Dr. Rick Paulsen, a physician at the local hospital, offers to teach Sara how to access her internal power, enhancing hidden skills and revealing secrets from her past. Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, watching her every move and trying to get close to her.

The deeper she digs into the Goldstone, the harder it is to deny links to the paranormal. Can she figure out what is going on and who to trust before it’s too late?

My Review:

I couldn’t put this book down.

Remnants of Fire isn’t your typical paranormal novel. And that’s a good thing.

It starts out unassuming enough. Sara Woods, recently divorced, takes a reporting position at a newspaper in a small town in western Ohio. She immediately begins to investigate a string of dead women—all too young to die. They only have one thing in common. They were all clients of a New Age health institute, Goldstone Clinic.

Sara initially visits the clinic for her back pain. Her intuition tells her something’s not right there. With the help of an all-too-handsome doctor at the local hospital, she’s determined to discover what role the clinic plays in the mysterious deaths.

Then the story takes a veer in a direction I didn’t see coming. It’s a fascinating twist that literally had me on the edge of my seat as I read it.

I was pulled into the story from the first chapter, thanks to the author’s impeccable sense of storytelling. Told in the first person, we tag along with Sara in the opening scene where she views a dead body and its inexplicable location and situation. The first-person point of view works well, as we know only what Sara does—and it’s typically too little, too late. That naturally amps up the drama.

Alana Lorens tells a compelling, spellbinding story. She slowly and patiently gives us clues to what’s next and builds suspense expertly. The ultimate reveal of the truth is nothing less than stunning as she eventually shows us what really is happening at the Goldstone Clinic. But not without having us biting our nails about the safety of our intrepid heroine.

Remnants of Fire is a paranormal novel in a category all its own. And it’s left me wanting more.

My Rating: 5++ stars

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Author Biography:

Alana Lorens has been a published writer for more than forty years, while working as a pizza maker, a floral designer, a journalist and a family law attorney. Currently a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the aging hippie loves her time in the smoky blue mountains.

She writes romance and suspense as Alana Lorens, and sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal mystery as Lyndi Alexander. She is the author of the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series, which draws on her 25 years as a family law attorney in the state of Pennsylvania. One of the causes close to her heart came from those years as well–the fight against domestic violence. She volunteered for many years at women’s shelters and provided free legal services to women and children in need.

She lives with her daughter on the autism spectrum, who is the youngest of her seven children, and she is ruled by three crotchety old cats, and six kittens of various ages.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @AlexanderLyndi

Reviewed by: Terry


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