The Mesmerized is the most recent published novel from Rhiannon Frater and it does not disappoint. While reading I was reminded of books like The Stand and Under the Dome by Stephen King and movies like The Happening from M. Night Shyamalan.
Minji, our main character, is a wife and mother who will do what it takes to protect her family. She is tough, smart and doesn’t back down. She and her family are visiting Las Vegas when people are suddenly stricken – bleeding and becoming unresponsive. Minji is one of the few that is able to continue functioning and it’s up to her to find out what is happening and save those that have been Mesmerized.
If you like fantasy or horror with a strong female lead, this is for you. The character development was exceptional and Minji is just what I look for in an MC. No cookie cutter Mary Sues here. The pacing works well within the story and it pulls you through all the way to the end. I didn’t want to put it down.
5/5 stars and highly recommended. (And the e-book is on sale for $2.99 through 12/19). Grab it now! Or enter here for a hardcopy giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e14451c620/
Excerpt from The Mesmerized
“Okay, the tigers are at The Mirage. So that’s our first stop,” Jake decided. “Then we can head to the Hard Rock. I want a t-shirt from there.”
Minji looped the end of the leash a few times around her wrist before taking Ava’s hand. “Perfect. Let’s get this show on the road.”
“It’s really crowded right now, so everyone stay close. I’m looking at you, Ava.”
Ava gave her father a plaintive look while tugging on her leash. “I can’t run away!”
“Good! I’d like my little girl to not go splat in the road.”
Minji winced at the memory of her daughter dodging into the road to greet Jake when he’d returned from an evening run. Luckily their neighbor had seen her in time and jerked her car onto someone else’s lawn, avoiding Ava completely. The mere idea of losing any of her family was enough to make Minji sick to her stomach.
Shoving negative thoughts away, Minji kept in her husband’s wake as he threaded through the crowd toward the escalators that descended from either side of the waterfall. The atrium loomed ahead filled with bright sunlight that reflected off the creamy walls and pillars.
The first sign that something was wrong came when her brain was assailed with what felt like millions of cold needles burrowing into the gray matter. With a whimper, Minji pressed her fingertips to her temples in a futile attempt to stave off the pain. Then the sensation intensified.
Screams echoed through the vast resort in a horrifying chorus. All around her, people flailed about, or gripped their heads in their hands. Jake grunted and stumbled as Bailey let out a shrill cry. Woozy, Minji reached for her screaming baby just as another stab of unbearable agony tore through her brain, blinding her. Rapidly blinking her eyes, she desperately attempted to restore her sight.
“Mommy! Mommy!” Ava wailed. “Mommy, my head hurts! I can’t see!”
Howls of agony reverberated through the mall corridors. Minji tugged on the child leash, dragging Ava into her arms. Unable to see, she clutched her daughter close. Paralyzing fear churned in her gut. The pain diminished, but the blindness remained.
“I’m right here.” A familiar, warm hand floundered against her back then found her shoulder. “I’m right here, hon. I got you.”
Again there was a flash of icy discomfort, then the world returned to sharp focus. To Minji’s horror, blood streamed down the faces of some of the shoppers close to her. Bubbles of the rich liquid formed in their eyes, noses, and ran from their lips. Swaying slightly, the bleeders stared blankly past the faces of their frightened companions. Minji swiftly checked Ava, Bailey and Jake. None of them were bleeding. Lifting Ava onto her hip, Minji pressed against Jake’s side.
“Jake, are you okay?”
“My head is killing me,” he answered. “Check the baby.”
“She’s not bleeding, just crying. What the hell is happening?”
“I don’t know. Keep Ava close!” Jake wrapped his arms around his wife, pulling her toward the far wall.
You can find info about the author, this book and others at:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rhiannon-Frater/e/B0027DLFL6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com
Thank you to the author for providing an e-book as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.