Wednesday, January 27, 2016

After The Fog Clears

After The Fog Clears by Lee Thompson
DarkFuse: 2/2/16
eBook review copy; 220 pages (est.)
paperback ISBN-13: 9781940544939

After The Fog Clears by Lee Thompson is a so-so novel that deals with the abandoned and the psychotic.

Saginaw police officer Nathan Hazzard accidental hits a small child while in a high speed pursuit of Luther Anderson. Luther was speeding home because he received a disconcerting phone call from his grandmother and is concerned that something is wrong with her or his crippled brother. The child was the son of Raul Spencer, who just heard before the accident that his father was temporarily laying him off from the family's funeral home business, is walking home when his wife calls. Raul's wife, Geneva, is devastated as she tries to reach him without success.

The story deals with these three families and the aftermath an accident that sets into motion a violent chain of events. Luther was the only character I could even remotely care about. Hazzard is psychotic, aggressively so, and quickly determines that he has nothing left to lose, so it's time for him to take matters into his own hands. Raul is just as bad - in his own way. He calls his wife's best friend, with whom he is having an affair, and wants her support.

The story is simple and the main theme is the violence that will be taking place due to the whiny psychotics who want to blame everyone else for their problems and their actions. Obviously, I grew tired of them. Handled differently, the story could have been a psychologically tense thriller. However, this is more a laundry list of what happened next and then and next...
Is it awful? No, but it wasn't very believable. There were to many coincidences. Additionally is a lot of gratuitous violence. I had a hard time finishing this one. The fact that I did is worth 2 stars.

Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of DarkFuse for review purposes.

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