Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill Book #1)

Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill Book #1)

by Mike Nappa

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Overview

Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret's name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn't know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic "Dr. Smith" know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl--before it's too late.

With its stunning writing and relentless pace, Annabel Lee will captivate readers from the first page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493401758
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Coffey & Hill , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 654,682
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time.

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Annabel Lee 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Great suspense. I was genuinely riveted until the end. I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. Full Review at my website.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
Review from inkwellreviews.com I don’t know about you, but the cover totally captivated me. It has been a really long time since I have read a book written by a man, so I was excited to see what Mike Nappa could do. He has a very unique style of writing in which he will have flashbacks even if it was just a few minutes ago. I know that sounds weird, but I don’t have a better way to explain it. The book was about three different stories and three different characters. In the end, it all made sense, but at the beginning I was confused as to how all these people are related. I don’t know if I’m just being sensitive because I have been reading books by women, but I must say that some things Mike Nappa said were inappropriate. Nothing horrible, just nothing I would talk about. Towards the end of the book, there were weird things going on. A lot of what the “bad guy” said was not very biblically accurate. Very Catholic in its beliefs and very disturbing. It’s hard to tell if Mike Nappa believes them himself or if that was just the views of the bad guy. I would recommend you read this with discernment. This book had a lot of potential, but I don’t think it was the best that it could have been. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, so I won’t come to any final conclusions about him until I’ve read some more of his books.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Eleven year old Annabel Lee lives with her uncle Truck, a dubious character, with plenty of security protecting his property, including his best marksman, The Mute. With his home under fire from enemies, Truck takes Annabel to a secret underground bunker, and bundles her in with his dog. He tells her not to open the door to anyone, not even him, without the secret code. Annabel is now alone with only the dog, that terrifies her, for company, unsure why she has been placed in the bunker, and when she will be allowed out. Above ground, explosions and gunfire are tearing the house apart, and Truck’s lifeless body is sprawled out on the floor for a mysterious figure to see. The Mute, from his hiding place has witnessed everything and knows that it is too late to help his boss. Now it’s up to him to implement Truck’s plan for this turn of events. Elsewhere, PI Trudi and her ex-husband Samuel (who works for Truck), find themselves in a spot of bother, when a mysterious, ageing man comes calling. When they manage to give him and his bodyguard the slip, the two of them find themselves on the run and having to stay together, if they are to survive. Just who is Annabel Lee? Why did her uncle hide her in the bunker? The answers will be revealed in this gripping novel. When this book arrived, I was really excited by the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, as I loved every minute of it. The plot has you on the edge of your seat throughout. What makes it more exciting is that it is told from the various viewpoints of Annabel, The Mute and Trudi, so you get to witness, and feel, each persons’ aspect of what was happening to them. Annabel is a very likeable character. She is clearly very well educated, and advanced for her age. I’m not sure many eleven year old’s would cope with being locked in a room all alone for weeks on end, not knowing why they were hidden there and when they would get to see daylight again. The Mute is a very loyal character. He is called The Mute, as he can’t speak. He is a very serious, well-trained military personnel. It often felt like he had some kind of super sense, especially the way he could assess a situation so accurately. Trudi and her ex-husband Samuel, are the characters that brought the humour to the story. They often fought like cat and dog, yet you get an understanding of how much they still love one another. The book made me lose track of time, as I was fully engrossed in the story, and the real world just melted away. It often felt like I was standing in the middle of a scene watching it play out, not reading about it. A fantastic novel that I fully enjoyed, and if you like mysteries I’m sure you will too.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Annabel Lee (Coffey & Hill Book #1) Mike Nappa Summary: Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret's name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn't know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.” Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic "Dr. Smith" know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first? Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl--before it's too late. With its stunning writing and relentless pace, Annabel Lee will captivate readers from the first page. Review: Saw this book at Lifeway and I really wanted to read it, but I could not get it that day. For a great deal on Amazon I got the ebook. Less than a week later here we are. I stayed up late to read a portion of it! I was hooked! Well written, with enough hints I had ideas about what was a shadowy mystery. The only problem was a stupid mistake that Trudi made and I could not believe she did it!!!!! That bugged me! But it helped bring about the climax. I was holding my breath and I still wish that some things did not happen. However, I realize that had they not happened the majority of the book would have been unnecessary. It was a fast and furious ride for the most part and I enjoyed every minute of it!!!
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Annabel Lee finds herself underground locked in a bunker with a dog she is deathly scared of and supplies to last at least a month. She was put there by her uncle and was told to not open the door for anyone. Not even him. Unless he said the secret code. She doesn't know why she's down there and she also doesn't know there are people looking for her. A PI and her ex-husband end up enshrouded in a cat and mouse hunt along with a man who can't speak and a German with his cronies. What do they all have in common? Once the pieces of the puzzle come together, a chilling realization is discovered and time is of the essence. Pro's: A fantastic book!! Mike Nappa hit it out of the park with this story! A thriller, mystery, suspenseful plot that takes the reader on quite the journey. The plot is thick with unknowns until the end when it all makes sense. Con's: A bit gory and violent in places, but it completely fit with the story line. Recommendation: If you like suspense, you will like this book. It's not a like a suspense book I've read in the past and it was worth the read! Well done Mr. Nappa! As a reader, I'm so glad you listened to your wife and pastor's wife and kept submitting this book to be published! Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a good suspense novel then I suggest you go ahead and pick this one up. Annabel Lee is the first book in the new Coffey & Hill series. I expected it to be slow in parts because it would need to introduce us to the characters and set the stage. I was completely wrong. Instead the reader is just thrown into the midst of the plot and left to figure things out as they come to light. There are some gruesome parts that just seem downright evil. And in fact they are. But there are other parts that aren't what they appear to be at all. At the beginning of the story Annabel Lee's uncle locks her in a hidden underground shelter with a barely controlled guard dog. Why? What craziness is this? As the story unfolds the unknown comes to light and even though you will understand the reasons they are still scary. Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill are former business and marriage partners. They've got a complicated history that just adds to the tension in this novel. I really like their characters and look forward to watching their story unfold in the coming books. I don't give away endings but this one is a doozy! Take a bathroom break and get yourself a snack because you're not going to be able to put this book down as the story line comes to a climax. The epilogue will be a soothing balm to all the crazy of the previous chapters. Read the preview of the next book, The Raven, at your own peril. I say that because it doesn't come out until September and you will be left wanting to read it NOW. On a final note the acknowledgements were the best I've ever read. (Yes I read those and you should too! Gives you insight into who the author really is.) I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mike Nappa in his new book, “Annabel Lee” Book One in the Coffey & Hill series published by Revell introduces us to Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill. From the Back Cover: Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. The secret’s name is Annabel Lee. She doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.” Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first? Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late. All the characters written in this book are well written including the dog. All the bad guys are bad. All the good guys are good and when they clash look out there is going to be fireworks. Mr. Nappa has delivered us a story that is loaded with action, suspense, intrigue, danger and drama. And just think the setting is unique as it all takes place in the South. Mr. Nappa has given us a tension-filled page turner. It will keep you flipping pages as you try to keep up with everything that is happening. I am looking forward to the next book from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It’s so mysterious and ominous. Then I read other reviews and I heard great things about this book. I do know sometimes one person’s opinion can be different from mine, so I was I super excited to read this book and form my own opinion. This book is unput-downable (I made up the word). The only reason I put it down at night was because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, otherwise I would have read much longer every night. Each chapter ups the tension and the mystery. What is going on? Is Truck a good guy or a bad guy? Can Trudi and Sam mend their past? Will they find a way to save Annabel, and even if they get to her will they know the secret code? Annabel is a sweet girl who doesn’t know Jesus. I couldn’t wait to see when/if she would open her eyes to the truth of His love for her. I had trouble picturing her as an eleven-year-old, I kept thinking of her younger than that, not exactly sure why. Trudi is a strong woman who still loves her ex-husband. I loved her sassy attitude towards him even though the reader knows how she really feels. I hated to say good-bye to these characters. The good news is this is the beginning of series and I will be sure to read the other books. Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader, so when I come upon a book that is very unique from what I have read before I get very excited. Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa is the first of a new series entitled Coffey and Hill and wow. I went into this book just having read the back cover blurb, which doesn’t really give us too much of what the story is about. It turned out to be a suspenseful and at times a little bit creepy read, revealing the plot just little bits at a time. We are treated to three points of views: Annabel Lee a very smart almost 12 year old girl who has lived a rather unusual life with an unusual uncle, The Mute (a sniper and war veteran), and Trudy Coffey a private investigator, who for this case at least, must work together with her ex-husband Samuel Hill to solve. All of the characters are unique and I enjoyed getting each of their viewpoints. Now the relationship between ex-husband and wife team, Trudy and Samuel, was equally wonderful and painful to watch. Mr. Nappa gives us their backstory in the pages of his book, and I must say it was sad and heartbreaking for the romantic in me. However, I have hope for these two who obviously still love each other and work together with ease, giving readers great enjoyment with their back and forth banter. With Poe references, really sophisticated villains, spies, and the search for “secret treasure” this book was hard to put down. I suspect the next one in the series Raven will be just as intriguing after the little excerpt we were treated to at the end. I can hardly wait to find out about the Raven and watch Trudy and Samuel’s relationship grow. My thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy for an honest review the opinions as always are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and a bit creepy.... Annabel Lee A Coffey and Hill Novel #1 by Mike Nappa This is an interesting book, somewhat creepy at parts as one would anticipate from the cover. And there is an intriguing Edgar Allen Poe thread that runs throughout the book. Eleven years ago something was hidden away, something that needs to stay hidden. But someone is determined to find Annabel Lee and they will do anything to find her. Annabel has been on her Uncle Truck's farm as long as she can remember. People either respect her uncle or fear him - Annabel loves him. She loves him as much as she fears the dog. But in a single night everything changes. Annabel is hidden away from every living thing except the dog and a warning from Uncle Truck - open this door for no one without the secret code. Something is very wrong and Annabel is about to discover who she truly is... When her ex comes back into her life Trudi Coffey is less than thrilled. But she has a message to relay to Sam Hill concerning an old friend of Sam's. What Trudi doesn't expect is she is about to be pulled into a mystery that could very well cost both her and Sam their lives. But something about this stranger - this Dr. Smith, doesn't sit well with Trudi and her investigative senses kick in. But she needs Sam to get to the bottom of this case, she just doesn't realize how much This is the first book in a new series. There is suspense, mystery, and the barest hint at fantasy. This is a book that will keep you up at night, I know because it kept me up. There is a bit of violence throughout, which may be a deterrent to some readers, but overall it was an excellent story. Each chapter is labeled for the character whose point of view is being presented. This book is worthy of the Poe thread running through it. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
RMMcDowell More than 1 year ago
Annabel Lee is a suspense novel written by Mike Nappa, a lover of all things Edgar Allen Poe. The novel and the protagonist take their name from one of Poe’s poems, and Nappa cleverly weaves “Annabel Lee” throughout this novel. The book is well paced and well written, and the plot is on point (if quite disturbing and bordering on unbelievable . . . one hopes). I enjoyed getting to know the main characters: Trudi Coffey, Samuel Hill (though I wish someone would simply call the poor man “Sam”—he’s just too informal himself to be constantly called such a big name), The Mute, and, of course, Annabel Lee herself. This launches the Coffey & Hill mysteries, and I’ll probably check those out too. What didn’t I like? Some of Nappa’s descriptions were repetitive (literally, I wondered if I had read a certain paragraph twice only to find it was chapters apart), and he employed the use of character reflection far too often. I actually exclaimed aloud when it arose again in the final chapters. I wish he had shared some of the characters’ discoveries or actions as they were happening instead of consistently having the character reflect on the previous few days or weeks. Finally, while Nappa’s introduction of God in his characters’ lives often felt natural and subtle, at times it also felt forced. All in all, read the book. And read the Poe poem to go with it. It’s fun to look for the deeper meanings and the deeper, unspoken ways Nappa weaves the poem into his story. It’s obvious he loves the poem, and he’s used it to create deep relationships that will keep me coming back for more. DISCLAIMER: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all views expressed are my own. I’m disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill. They make great private investigators. Love the tension between them because of their divorce. It was fantastic when you add in Annabel Lee. Will they be able to help Annabel before she dies alone in an underground hideout. There were a lot of twists and turns in the story. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
I will completely admit that the title first drew me to this book. I’ve always appreciated Edgar Allen Poe and with a reference like the title (and ultimately a main character), I knew I was in for a good read. At first, you read about Annabel and then Coffey and Hill as different stories. It takes a bit until their stories start to merge. It may seem like you’re missing a bit of the backstory of Coffey and Hill but I believe that the author will tell us more as the series continues. I greatly enjoyed learning about the special ops missions that many of the characters were involved in. I have never had a doubt that those that serve do so well, but to read about covert missions and such like The Mute and Annabel’s uncle participated in gave me a new level of appreciation for America’s soldiers. There is a Christian aspect to this novel. While it’s small, it’s there. I feel the Christianity of the author helped keep the storyline on a rather clean course. I detest gratuitous sex in novels and was glad not to read of this here, though just about any other genre would probably had at least one such scene between the formerly married investigators. However, there is a lot of violence. I’m not saying it’s out of place or over the top, but if that is something you don’t like, consider yourself warned. I really enjoyed Annabel Lee. While this adventure is over for Coffey and Hill, I do hope we’ll be invited along on another of their escapades soon. I’ll be sure to keep reading this series as long as Nappa keeps writing it. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Annabell Lee is a mysterious adventure that stretches beyond categories to produce an intriguing read. From the cover you get the feeling that this book is going to be creepy. I personally found it wasn't nearly as frightening as I thought it would be, but I did find it intriguing. Annabell Lee has a flavor all its own. It reminded me of an amalgam of Ted Dekker, James Bond, Magnum P.I., and post military themes. I know, not the best description but it was definitely in a category all its own. I wanted there to be more suspenseful action, and yet there was definitely a high death-toll toward the end that was quite shocking but not necessarily in a bad "socking" way. That may sound bad, but I'm not opposed to some violence as long as it's not completely unnecessary. I suppose it's in the way that Mike writes that defines the book. It's descriptive but doesn't have as much tension in the writing as you'd expect. The characters were intriguing as well. In my mind they weren't your "run of the mill" main characters. You had Annabel who was only eleven but wise beyond her years, a protective German Shepperd (I include him in the characters because...why not?), The Mute (yep, just like it sounds), and then Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill. Talk about some interesting dynamics, especially between Trudi and Samuel. I see some interesting development possible with them - but I'll leave out the rest of my comments so as not to spoil anything. I think, overall, I would say that Mike has something good going on here. Read the letter at the back of the book and you'll get a very interesting story indeed, but I can see people loving this book and people hating it. It's not traditional or typical and I think that's okay. I would recommend this to fans of suspense and/or romantic suspense with a disclaimer that it's not your average suspense/romantic suspense book, so don't expect it to be. As I try to do, read with an open mind and you might just find something you love in Mike Nappa's writing. My rating: 4* Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/03/annabel-lee-by-mike-nappa-review.html _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Friends, it’s been a long time since I’ve been on a roller coaster ride. I mean a long, long, time...but Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa provided one powerful thrill ride. I think one of the neatest things about this book is that it uses Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, Annabel Lee very creatively within the story. A little girl mysteriously hidden from the world, protected by a team of Special Ops men and a German Shepherd, finds herself swept into a torrid world of criminals, psychopaths and a history of bizarre cryptic beliefs. A mystery unto herself, even she has no clue what’s so amazing about her. Uncle Truck has taught her well to obey his directions without questions. She complies to the fullest and is left to discover the truth behind her life alone with the dog, in a military bunker. Trudy Coffey is a strong detective with her own thriving business. After a painful divorce, she has made a pretty good life for herself, until a stranger intrudes into her office, threatening her life and the life of her ex-husband. Once a powerful team, Trudy and her ex, Samuel, are running for their life from the dastardly Dr. Smith and his henchmen. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in this story, it takes a village to rescue a little girl from men determined to harm her. Annabel Lee is a page flippin’, intriguing story that will keep your heart pounding and you immersed right to the very end. A five out of five stars for sure. I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/annabel-lee-by-mike-nappa/
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Annabel Lee is a thrilling and chilling story! From the very beginning, I was enthralled and eagerly turned the pages to find out what would happen next. This gripping suspense boasts unique and memorable characters, a fast-paced story line, and twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Annabel Lee was my first Mike Nappa novel, but it certainly won’t be my last. I can’t wait to continue the Coffey and Hill series! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Mel_Poole More than 1 year ago
In Atlanta, Private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious Dr. Smith who is looking for a man. Dr. Smith thinks she knows where to find the target. Coffey knows her ex-husband, Sam Hill, probably does. In Alabama, Annabel Lee is woken by her uncle and hidden in an underground bunker on their property. He gives her the only key and tells her not to open the door for anyone without the safe code. She doesn’t know how long she will be there. Events from the past converge and the mystery of Dr. Smith’s identity and Annabel Lee’s survival are left in the hands of ex-spouses Coffey & Hill. Annabel Lee is a fantastic book with continuous action and plot twists. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character. Sometimes sequences overlap, but for the most part the chapters run chronologically. Nappa has done a wonderful job providing tidbits of information to the readers, while the characters might not yet know their connections. Although I did find aspects of the plot predictable, overall this novel keeps the reader guessing. Just when you think the characters are safe, more trouble ensues. This novel is considered a Christian mystery. It is actually the first I have read of this genre. There are elements of Christianity and spiritual faith throughout, but it is a small aspect that any reader can enjoy the story without feeling preached to. Fun fact: “Annabel Lee” is a poem written by Edgar Allen Poe. Nappa, a Poe fan, incorporates Poe’s poem into the novel in many clever ways. I enjoyed drawing connections between the poem and this novel. I won’t spoil the connections for you, but look out for them while you read. It looks like the next Coffey & Hill novel is titled Raven, so I am excited to see how that Poe poem is intertwined with it (if at all).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like watching Steven Seagal movies on TV where the bad language has been bleeped out, and I can enjoy the storyline and action. Reading Annabel Lee was a lot like that. In this book, I think Seagal would be cast as The Mute, a former Special Forces warrior who would lay down his life for his former commanding officer and his niece, Annabel Lee, and who wasn’t beyond taking a few other lives with him. Trudi Coffey, private investigator, is unwittingly drawn into the mystery surrounding Annabel by Samuel Hill, her ex-husband, ex-partner and CIA agent. Little did she know that she had been intrigued by the mystery ever since she first discovered the “Safe” message in the classified section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution three years prior, not long before she discovered Samuel’s duplicity. This action packed story will have readers turning pages long into the night. In the author’s notes Nappa tells of the difficulty he had finding the right niche for this story. Including one Christian, a seeker, a handful of agnostics, mercenaries, and a cult member, along with quite a bit of violence, it isn’t your typical Christian fiction tale, but it had enough of a Christian slant that secular publishers were not sure it fit their market either. I am so glad that Revell publishing decided to publish Nappa’s story. It was a wild, bumpy ride, and one I have thoroughly enjoyed. I hope that some of you will decide to take the ride as well. I am looking forward to future books in the Coffey and Hill series. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Annabel Lee for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
Mike Nappa has an extensive career as a writer, but “Annabel Lee” is his first journey into the world of adult suspense thrillers — and what an introduction! Filled with intriguing characters and keep-you-guessing plot lines, “Annabel Lee” tells the story of a little girl being hunted from the points of view of three characters: 11-year-old Annabel, private investigator Trudi and The Mute, a mysterious ex-Special Forces who works for her uncle. Annabel is a special girl with a knack for languages being raised by her “Uncle Truck.” One night he rushes her into a secret underground bunker, with the command to open the door for no one without their special code. What follows is a crazy, amazing story as Trudi and her ex-husband, Sam, get pulled into helping The Mute locate and rescue Annabel, all while a mercenary group is also hunting down the girl with special traits. Joined by several interesting characters, Annabel is a strong, precocious young girl you will fall in love with, as well as Dog, a German Shepherd Truck leaves to protect her. The book will take you on a great, thrilling ride, as the characters must dig deep into themselves for strength. Some characters will also go on a bit of a spiritual ride as they must decide what role God has in their lives. Nappa gives “Annabel Lee” a shocking and incredible ending — one you will never see coming — as you learn the secret to Annabel and her powers! I for one am glad Nappa finally journeyed into the realm of novelist, and cannot wait to read the next installment, “The Raven.” Fans of Mike Dellosso, Robert Liparulo, Alton Gansky, Tom Pawlik, Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker will love this book. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
The mystery intrigues throughout this novel. I loved it. The author has engaging and memorable characters, particularly Annabel Lee, the Mute, Trudi, and of course, Uncle Truck. This book holds the suspense from the beginning, and there are plenty of twists to keep the reader interested. The author notes that he normally writes inspirational fiction, but I think he's found a new niche in suspense. This book is hard to put down at any point. The story shifts points of view, from Annabel Lee herself, to her protector the Mute, and Trudi Coffey, PI. This is very effective, and allows the reader to glean bits of information from various sources. The dynamics between Trudi and her ex-husband Samuel are complicated and give the story personal depth. I look forward to reading the next suspense novel from this author. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense (except my Mom, who doesn't like to see kids in dangerous situations). And just a fun literary note, the author did name the title character after Edgar Allen Poe's wonderful poem. I will admit that the title alone made me interested in this book, and I loved the references to Poe throughout. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Annabel Lee is a superbly written novel that as you read this page-turner you are picturing a movie. The word pictures are amazing and I could read the action like I was watching it. Excellent, and exciting and yet scary all at the same time, this heart-pounding book should be made into a movie. It is fiction and yet I found myself believing that this could all be true, even the part with the eleven year old hidden in the bunker. Little smarty that she is, not all youngsters could have survived as she did, especially with a dog that only understood German, and she believed ate fingers. When you find out what this whole horrible mission is about you will cringe, this goes back centuries, and they will stop at nothing. The detective in this story Trudi Coffey, she has quite the equipped office, is a divorcee whom calls her ex-husband “The Pig”, although he does come to her aid several times, and does profess to still love her. They are thrown together in this big adventure, forgot to tell you that he is CIA. You will be quickly absorbed into this book once you turn the cover, and I am excited to see that there is another book in this series coming out this fall. I received this book through Revell Reads, and was not required to give a positive review.