Kalorama Road, by E. Denise Billups
There something Allie can’t remember, hidden memories bordering consciousness that refuse to surface until one day someone, something, ignites horrifying images of a forgotten night.
A year after graduating from Emsworth University, a mysterious email appears asking Allie one single question. What happened at 1414 Kalorama Road? Allie has no memory of that night and has tried to recapture what happened when a classmate went missing at an off-campus party. Someone wants her to remember, and they’re getting closer and more insistent. Forgotten memories gradually start to surface with gruesome images and a revelation that could ruin the reputation of her esteemed alma mater, Emsworth University.
Kindle edition: 277 pages
Published Jan 31st, 2018
I made the mistake of picking up this book when I still had a couple articles to finish for the magazine. Luckily for me, I didn’t need that much sleep, and my kids are savvy enough to fend for themselves.
In short, Kalorama Road was a surprise. Although I liked the premises and the first quarter of the book well enough, I hadn’t expected it to suddenly grip me by the throat and keep me enthralled.
The suspense was… thrilling, for the lack of a better word. There was the possibility of a blooming romance, the unexpected touch of a supernatural manifestation and the mystery of a murder I just needed to see solved.
There were some spooky scenes, parts that had goosebumps breaking all over my body, and of course, the annoyance I felt every time I had to put the book down to see to something.
The writing style was smart, simple at times, complex at others, with enough sophisticated words to be enlightening as well.
The plot line was realistic (even with the supernatural element thrown in), highlighting ugly truths and endless possibilities that that could, and do, happen all too often in the world.
The characters were believable, their struggles something a person could connect to, their feelings real and sincere.
The modern touch the author adds to the story with the blogging aspect and the way the protagonist meets new people is also something I connected to – something a lot of people will find relatable, the doubts, how easy it is to forget the danger of cyber stalking, the friendship that can be born, even the curious need to make money through this venue.
The bond between the characters – Allie and her sister, between Allie and Lisa, even between Allie and CJ were well crafted, and the Ethan twist totally caught me by surprise.
I loved every aspect of this book, the dialogue, the character and plot development, the storyline and the lies and deceit that Billups presents so expertly and totally recommend it to all who enjoy a suspenseful, thrilling story with a touch of the supernatural.
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About E. Denise Billups:
An author with a rare mixture of Southern and Northern charm, E. Denise Billups was born in Monroeville Alabama and raised in New York City where she currently resides and works in finance. A burgeoning author of fiction, she’s published three suspense novels, Kalorama Road, Chasing Victory, By Chance, and two supernatural short stories, Rebound, and The Playground. An avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, she was greatly influenced by authors of that genre. When she’s not writing or reading, you can generally find her training for road races and marathons. She’s s a fitness fanatic who loves physical challenges of all types (running, biking, yoga, dance, and more) a discipline she uses to facilitate the creative writing process.
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