Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Before the Storm by Steena Holmes

Before the Storm
by Steena Holmes

Pages: 125
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Before the first shots are fired within the walls of Stillwater Elementary School, life went on as normal for five women who were close friends. Their monthly girls' night was coming up and they couldn't wait to get together. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree - from their husbands, their children, their church - with no expectations, no responsibilities, where they weren't mothers or wives. 

No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by a danger lurking in their tight-knit community. 

Kritters Thoughts:  A prequel novella that sets the stage for the first book - Stillwater Rising (which I am reviewing tomorrow).  This little book packs quite the punch while introducing the HUGE cast of characters and setting the scene for the full novel.

Told through many points of view from the town, the most prominent voice is the mayor Charlotte Stone who is married to the school principal and while doesn't have kids is greatly impacted by the school shooting that occurs.  I am glad the book opened at the public memorial for all the victims, so there was no doubt as to the subject of the novella and the book that would follow.  I also loved how a few women from the town took turns telling of their mornings that happened right before the tragedy hit the small town.  

I am so glad I knew that this novella was out and loved reading it before I started reading the full novel, it perfectly set the stage.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel 
     SPOILER - the "sequel" will be reviewed tomorrow!

Ebook 2014 Challenge: 63 out of 100

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