Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.
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Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.
Stitch had me guessing for the whole first half of the book. At first I thought it was a ghost story, and it does start that way, but that’s certainly not where it ends. Alessa is a college student with a sad past. Her parents died during her senior year in high school and she blew off grades and plans for a future, giving up a potential spot in a top rate school, and instead settled for a large university where everyone is just another number.
She feels out of place, even though she’s a member of a sorority, and there seem to be an excessive number of cameras around campus. Back to the ghost – the sorority house is very old, so when she starts seeing an apparition that no one else can see, she starts looking into the history of the place. This is when things take a turn and suddenly we are in a science fiction novel. I admit, the first half of the book was a little slow. I was not sure where it was leading and then almost exactly at the 50% mark, the whole story turned on its head.
It was a good turn because things move quickly after this point and secrets start being revealed. I enjoyed the twist and I enjoyed the ending. Durante is building a world that will require readers to think and I like this. There are some hints towards the end that I won’t share in a review because they have spoiler potential, but I am anxious to see where she takes the story and want to know more about the central planning of the society in which Alessa has been living in. I think the next book will be excellent and I can’t wait to see what happens to Alessa as she moves forward.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. Stitch is her first novel. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.
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