A young girl has nightmares about a violent assault. A dozen residents of a luxury condominium complex die of lung cancer. A lawyer grieves over the brutal murder of his young wife. Environmental tests are altered by a crooked construction crew. And a paralegal is almost killed in a car crash. Could a stranger's memories breathe new life into a long-closed cold case? Thid new thriller will keep you guessing.
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About the Author
Julien Ayotte, PhD, had a successful career in the corporate, legal, and academic world, including co-authoring the financial advice guide Wealthbuilding for Professionals. After retirement, he wrote his first fictional novel, the multiple award-winning "Flower of Heaven" in 2012, followed by the sequel "Dangerous Bloodlines." Now he brings a different kind of suspense thriller to readers with "A Life Before."
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A Life Before based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is my first book by Julien Ayotte, and I truly enjoyed it. It's nice to know the area in which his book takes place in.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite A Life Before by Julien Ayotte is a wonderful paranormal story with strong elements of suspense. At thirteen, Samantha starts having nightmares about the murder of a woman she doesn't know and has never met before. She’s been to a sleep psychologist, who determined that the nightmares could be caused by something she’d read somewhere or watched on TV, and that they would go away eventually. But the nightmares never leave her, and could they be the path to solving an unsolved case? The reader will read about murder, fraud, and environmental hazards, but in the heart of this powerful narrative are memories of a stranger that could be a key to answers to the unanswered questions. The opening isn’t as strong as what I would have expected from a story of this depth and strength and I was almost put off by the direct address to the reader. I don't enjoy when a writer writes in the second person, except when building dialogue. But this awkward beginning changed very quickly with the introduction of some of the key characters, Mike and Susan, and the story of their fascinating courtship. One of the strong elements of this story is the plot. It is complex and it holds many surprises for readers. I was surprised in many ways, jolted at times, and utterly gripped. The characters are well-developed and they are designed to reflect some of the powerful emotions that readers will identify with. In A Life Before, Julien Ayotte has created a story and a setting that will entice readers; there is a lot of drama and the plot is conflict-driven. This one was a delightful read.
There is certainly no shortage of psychological thrillers in the literary world; as such, it’s a buyer’s market when it comes to the plethora of quality titles available to fans of the genre. Of course, some tales are more appealing than others, and one would be remiss not to include A Life Before in the upper echelon of said literary greatness. Throughout the pages of his latest standout offering, author Julien Ayotte treats the reader to a masterfully crafted tale of intrigue and suspense. Featuring excellent character development and a perfectly paced plot, A Life Before successfully keeps the reader guessing from one surprising twist to the next, as Ayotte shows his skill at interweaving multiple different story lines into one. Culminating in a shocking climax very few could honestly see coming, A Life Before fails at only one thing: disappointing readers. An absolute must read. Megan Latta Apex Reviews
This book was fantastic! I couldn't put it down!