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An Apple For Zoe The Forsaken

An Apple For Zoe The Forsaken

4.3 11
by Thomas Amo

Some Murders Shouldn't Be Investigated

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent



Some Murders Shouldn't Be Investigated

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has led, Inspector Thomas James, to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins.

A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night.

Editorial Reviews

Blog - Belinda Frisch
If you're looking for a dark and twisted ride, this book is for you ~ Belinda Frisch Author of Dead Spell
Blog - Annabel Netherland
Never in my life have a read a book. You don’t have any time to catch your breath when you read this story. I just can’t tell you how much I loved this book in words! If you want to read a book that keeps you up at night, that won’t let you go and has the most amazing cliffhanger ever then start reading this book! This book is in my top three of best books I’ve read in 2011 so far!
Belinda Frisch
When Thomas James goes to the Aleris Hotel, he finds most of its inhabitants dead and what comes next is mind boggling. The pace, the style, the characters were so well written that I finished this book in one sitting. I can't wait to find out about Zoe and will be at the front of the virtual line for the follow-up.
If you're looking for a dark and twisted ride, this book is for you.

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Meet the Author

Thomas Amo is the author of the 1920's adventure romance, "Silence" and the stage-play of the crazy British farce, "Bob's Your Auntie!" This former full-time theatrical producer and playwright has written over 20 comedies and farces for the live theatre. Outside acting, directing and producing, his first love has always been writing.
An Apple For Zoë ~Book One ~ The Forsaken, marks his debut into paranormal fiction.

"I've always had a fascination on the subjects of Old Hollywood and True Crime. The best part of writing about these subjects is the interesting places you get to see when doing the research. Spending three hours in The Hollywood Forever Cemetery was an amazing experience!"

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Apple For Zoe The Forsaken 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. It kept me on my toes and freaked me out! I do think there were some parts where the storytelling got a little too exaggerated, but I didn't mind it.
MEFranco More than 1 year ago
A series of occult murders in San Francisco is just the beginning of this insidious thrill ride. In the first installment of his trilogy, author Thomas Amo creates a chilling undercurrent of evil connecting notorious crimes in history as his characters struggle to make sense of the horror around them before it is too late. This fast-paced, chilling paranormal thriller will have you reading with the lights on.
J_Scott More than 1 year ago
In present day San Francisco, Detective Thomas James is called to the crime scene of a girl, beautiful even in death. Amanda was the kind of girl every man wants, the kind of girl a killer would want but couldn't have, unless he killed her to take a part of her to keep with him forever. This killer is nothing James has ever seen, starting with the note written in a child-like voice to the fact that he seems to be stuck in the mind, behaviour and though processes of a middle-grader. So, who is this killer? A mentally under-developed man whose string of murders ripple through San Francisco? Or maybe a brilliant psychopath who knows how to pretend to be someone else in order to divert suspicion? Or is the murderer the second body found hanging from a cord inside a closet on the same crime scene? One thing is clear, the murders seem to evolve around the supernatural, a ritual offering if you will - just like Amanda, that share similarities with a crime committed 90 years ago in a famous hotel during a time when witchcraft occupied the minds of the rich and famous, and when film stars were not as innocent as they liked to pretend on screen. Once at the hotel, James finds everyone long deceased, or so he believes, until paranormal activities start to take place, drawing James into an occult pool so dark and twisted that his own sanity's soon at stake as he tries to make sense of the things he never thought existed. An Apple for Zoe is a quick read, fast paced, full of action and paranormal elements that evolve around a twisted mind, dark desires and otherworldly forces. Detective Thomas James is the usual police officer with a strong investigative mind but an unwillingness to believe in anything mystic, which makes him convincing. The writing is sharp with a focus on dialogue and narration rather than description. This is a good book to read on the sofa on a weekend afternoon or rainy evening. As the plot progresses, all elements come together culminating into a strange crescendo that will make you wonder why you didn't see that one coming. It's a great storyline I thoroughly enjoyed.
kleokatra More than 1 year ago
I started this book not having a clue as to what it was about. (I like to do that on occasion, makes things interesting;)) Anyway, I had a bit of a problem keeping all the characters in order in the beginning. I don't know if it was just lots of people, or a few people known by different monikers, or the fact that I was reading it at work and having to get up every 5 minutes to check on my peeps, but it was a bit tangled for me for a minute. The story started out intense, then moved so quickly, that I didn't want to stop to figure out where everyone was placed; I didn't want to miss what was happening. Just as you think the characters are at a point where they can rest, adjust and think about the next step, something else happens. It was exciting, edge-of my seat, stressfully intense. I can't wait until the sequel!
AllieBurke More than 1 year ago
WOW. Um... wow. What a phenomenal book. Concept. Story. What a phenomenal author. Thomas Amo is a gorgeous writer. Truly, his writing implants a vivid image between the lines of his story. It is beautiful when the story calls for beauty, ugly as his characters face inhumanity and terror, effectively touching the heart of the reader throughout. He's funny. This quality is so refreshing, especially in an intense novel such as this. "It sure is, what's even more disturbing is, why are all the dead birds over here and the live ones on that side of the street? What do they know that we don't?" Omigosh, I laughed so freaking hard. I also found this author to be, well, brilliant. Reading this book, the events, twists and turns as they melted together, I actually found myself thinking, "Wow, that's brilliant." Thomas Amo is very clever. His references are quite original. Things like the American Legion (which I've never come across in any book) or Goya--references I can relate to that are never overdone. The book is darn creepy. Seriously. Amo's descriptions are eerie. Stasya's story: chilling. Blinking back tears as I read I swear I covered my mouth with my hand to hold in the gasp. I am in awe of the journey this story took. Manson. The Black Dahlia. Nazis. KGB. I mean, wow. The book was thrilling. Adding to its heartstopping suspense was the author's chapter titles. As he would end one chapter with a specific set of words I read on to find that the next chapter was titled with those same words, throwing me in to the thrill of that suspense. Not to mention the ending that left me nothing short of breathless. Loved it. Can't wait for the next one.
missy1029 More than 1 year ago
This book is unlike anything that I have read before. I am not even sure where to start with my review of it. It was such a suspenseful, mind blowing read I will do my best to explain my thoughts on it. The story starts with Inspector Thomas James from the San Francisco PD, entering a murder scene at, of all places, a funeral home. While gathering evidence, he comes upon a clue that is specifically meant for him. This totally freaks him out. Along with all the evidence found from this murder were are thrown into a hunt for murderer who is being a copycat. All of these murders that are taking place have things to do with The Zodiac killer and Charles Manson. There are so many references to past murders. It was quite fascinating how the author intertwined them together. The storyline takes us all over the place. There is a lot happening with every single chapter. There were times that I got slightly confused because of everything that was going on at one time. While at the time it seemed overwhelming, all of it was necessary to the story. There was a lot of information to gather, but at the end it all comes together nicely and you begin to understand how everything fits together. I really liked the characters. All of them were written with very realistic qualities and dialogue. There is a paranormal touch to the story and our lead, Thomas James, doubts all of the paranormal aspects. This makes him very real to me because a lot of people wouldn't believe the case has anything to do with the paranormal. Overall, I was really surprised where the story went. It was all so unexpected. This book was not at all what I thought that it was going to be. Quite honestly a lot of the book totally creeped me out, but I really like that in a book! It is a lot of fun for a story to take you in a place to never expect it to go! This is also the year of cliffhangers because, oh my goodness, this one leaves us with quite the cliffhanger! I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
ccjacksonbooks More than 1 year ago
An Apple For Zoe was amazing. It started out as a crime thriller and turned into something so much bigger. I found myself saying, "where does someone come up with this stuff?" It was simply brilliant. The twist and turns kept my interest peaked and the cliffhanger ending has left me wanting more.
AshtonTheBookBlogger More than 1 year ago
Completely Amazing!!! I wish I could give it more stars. The story centers around a detective in San Francisco (present day) who is investigating a series of murders that are occult related. The detective, Thomas James, is led to a hotel during his investigation, and that's when things really start to heat up in this book!!! =) I won't say much more, but the author, Thomas Amo, really takes the reader on an adventure with An Apple For Zoe! The twists and turns in the book are awesome, unexpected, and sometimes just jaw dropping. And the ending? Well let's just say, I never saw it coming!!! Can't wait til the next book!!! So if you really want a book to read that you just can't put down, get An Apple For Zoe, you won't regret it!!!
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