Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison, #1)

Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison, #1)

by Brent Jones

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BN ID: 2940155202288
Publisher: Brent Jones
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Series: Afton Morrison
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,119
File size: 448 KB

About the Author

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time. Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

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Go Home, Afton (Afton Morrison, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Afton Morrison is a small town librarian that hates kids, especially their parents, and has the desire to kill. She is drawn to kill but she wants to make it matter. So, she chooses Kenneth Pritchard, a serial rapist that seems to always get away with the crime. But there is more to this story. She has a snarky alter ego that seems to want to kill discriminately and The Man in the Shadows who seems to be someone that is going to get her caught before her first kill. I first met Afton in Brent Jones’ short story A Book With No Pictures. She stood out because she is so quiet and great with children at the library but then she clearly has a wild and dark side. I loved learning more about her as she goes about planning for her first kill. You can’t help but like Afton. She has the desire to kill but doesn’t want to just randomly kill. I loved Animus and her snarkiness. She reminds me of that devil sitting on the cartoon characters shoulder. The Man in the Shadows had me wondering if Afton really had a stalker or was slipping further into the deep side. Of course this is a four part novella and ends with quite a cliff hanger. But don’t worry; the second part will be released shortly. This is a great story that drew me in quickly and left me wanting to read more about Afton. This is another wonderful read from Brent Jones. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something Different. And not in the way some people use the word different as a veiled complaint or insult. I mean actually refreshingly different. At first glance at the back cover I thought this was going to be another female version of Dexter. Not so. Go Home Afton is its own animal. Afton is a complex character with some good qualities and some bad. Okay a lot of bad, but it's clear to me that she is suffering because of the bi-polarity of her psyche. Just as Afton is torn by this condition, the reader finds him/herself torn between the characters two selves. The story development was fluid, rapid and kept my attention. In fact, I read this book in two sittings. Usually a novella of this size would take me about a week. I swallowed this one whole in less than 24 hours. It was complex enough to create depth while maintaining a fluid, well crafted storyline. Several interesting discussion questions naturally arise. Is it ever okay to kill another person? Are there murders that are more wrong or less wrong than others or are all murders equally wrong? What would it be like to live with a violent mental illness like Afton's? Why are rape victims still stigmatized to varying degrees in our culture and what can we do about it? To what degree does sexism and casual sexist comments contribute to this culture? Do librarians really have to deal with such awful acts of vandalism in their return boxes? My one concern for this series is the fine line of respectful treatment of mental illness. Too often the cliche of the "crazy" serial killer has fanned the flames of misunderstandings and fear of people with mental health problems. I am excitedly waiting for the next books in the series and hoping that Afton eventually gets help for what is obviously a complex PTSD, disssociative identity disorder and/or schizophrenia. It is my hope that this series can be a starting point for discussions and eventual understanding of these conditions. Looking forward to the next installment!
AshleyHedden More than 1 year ago
Go Home Afton by Brent Jones was a great read. This is book one in The Afton Morrison Series. Afton is from a small town and has always surpassed her violent impulses. She starts stalking a sexual predator to help with these urges. I really enjoyed reading Afton's story and can't wait to read more of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sold on Afton! It was a bit gritty for my taste, to start, then the backstory and characterizations were filled out--just enough, skillfully, a little at a time, to engage my interest and sympathy--then the plot took over and I was hooked. Now I'm going to be [very] anxiously awaiting parts 2-4. (Glad Jones is only making us wait a few months; I'm already a Rothfuss fan!) The characters of Afton and Tia, Kim and Jared and Chris, and the sleaze Kenneth, are certainly all believable portrayals of people in a small town--at least, the small towns where I have lived. And if anyone doubts the realism of the 'days in the life of a librarian' aspect of this story, rest assured that the ickiest details are straight from the incident reports and occurrence logs of the library the author visited for his research! Yes, THAT happened. When I say the plot took over, I mean that it began at a walking pace, letting us meet the characters, get used to the setting, and find hints that all was not as it should be in Afton's life and town. Then the story picked up speed, raced to the conclusion of this episode, and stopped short, like a runner at the edge of a cliff. It was a great read! Other books I have been reading recently informed my response and reaction to Afton's story. Chessy Prout's "I Have The Right To : A High School Survivor's Story Of Sexual Assault, Justice, And Hope" and Tara Westover's "Educated" gave me some sensitivity to Afton's refusal to acknowledge "the V word" and the critical importance of seeing oneself as a survivor. Well done, Brent! I received an advance reading copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review (and notes on any typos I might find). (less)
thewondermutts More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, fast-paced book! Afton is a small-town librarian ... or is she? As you read you figure out that all is not what it seems, and you never know what is coming next. Why is she driven to kill? Who is her next victim? I really enjoyed this book - recommend pairing it with a bottle of wine and a sunny beach. Brent Jones delivers again - I can't wait to see what Book 2 has in store for us.
BookDragonGirl More than 1 year ago
I’m finding myself at a loss as to how to write this review. I’ve been stewing all day about how to write a review that does this fabulous little serial thriller justice, but doesn’t rewrite the gist of the whole book...which is easy to do when reviewing a book like this. But I think the way I feel about it is that if you read the book knowing as much as I did going into it, then you will enjoy it like I did. And I really enjoyed it!! I would suggest, in fact, that you NOT read all the long reviews that tell too much about the book and just read the summary and go from there. You can’t go wrong!! I’m just completely blown away by the writing!! There was obviously a lot of work put into this serial thriller and it shows!!!! The characters are wonderful!!! The MC is a very complex character herself, being an antihero of sorts. But even many of the side characters are really well done!! I can’t wait to see more of them all in the next few books!! I’m a very character driven reader, and I just ate this right up!! If thrillers are your thing, you will love this! It is a serial thriller, and there are going to be a total of four in the series, but I do know there won’t be a long wait in between. I’m already eagerly anticipating the second one!! Highly recommended, FIVE AMAZING STARS!!!!
VWilliams More than 1 year ago
At twenty-six years of age, Afton Morrison has quashed her inner animus successfully until now...when the demand to kill meets reason and she's found the perfect victim. She can both satisfy that persistently dangerous alter-ego while ridding the public of a vicious sexual predator. It's a perfect solution. Afton tolerates co-worker Pete and (even enjoys) seventeen-year-old Kim, a high school senior and a volunteer at the library where she works in the small town of Wakefield as a children's librarian. She has stalked Kenneth, prepared meticulously, and is ready to kill. There is just one problem; someone may also be stalking her. The author deftly crafts Afton's complex multi-faceted personality, alternately portraying a thoughtful children's librarian with the stalker preparing to kill her first target, plying the tension in bits and pieces until almost intolerable. Finely developed supporting characters weave in and out of this well-plotted serial novella (book 1), introducing little twists and turns. And behind it all that dark secret that will continue to torment Afton, the Man in Shadows. The narrative seizes your attention with page one and feeds little truths, little pearls, and pretty soon you are flipping pages right into the cliff-hanging conclusion. The story is a captivating thriller that'll have you gripping your device, though be aware that besides the language also contains sensitive subjects as well. Whether or not she will succeed as a vigilante remains to be seen. The author provided an ARC ebook of this novella and I appreciated the opportunity to read. This review is entirely my own. Recommended for any who enjoy a strong thriller-suspense, no holds barred. In the meantime, the suspense is killing. See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2018/05/13/go-home-afton-a-bookreview/
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Meet Afton Morrison. She's a female psychopathic vegetarian librarian who has a thirst for violence and craves the thought of taking a human life. She also has a pet goldfish. She knows the difference between right and wrong; she just chooses to draw the line differently than most people. She talks to an imaginary version of herself ..... and someone she calls "The Man In The Shadows' who seems to be following her. The thing is .. she doesn't know if he's real or not. Afton is certainly a unique kind of anti-heroine. She's really likable but really strange, too. She dislikes children, yet she is the child librarian who reads during story hour, arranges art products, and treats the children kindly. It's the mothers she doesn't care for. Afton is on a mission. She promised her dying mother that she would do good in the world. So she's decided that killing those who have escaped justice her good deeds. And she's starting with Kenneth Pritchard, who has been charged numerous times with assaulting women. Lack of proof or evidence has allowed him to remain uncharged for any of his crimes. She wants her first killing to go off without a hitch .... but things don't exactly go off as planned. This story is full of twists and turns and lots of action. Being a novella, it's a fast read. Warning --- this is part 1 of 4 part series. There is a cliff hanger ... but you won't have to wait long between books. Book 2 will be available 8/7/18 -- Book 3 available 9/17/48 -- and Book 4 available 10/29/18. Many thanks to the author and Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this novella. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Afton is a children’s librarian with a secret. In her spare time, she stalks “someone the world’s better off without” with the intention of killing him. But someone is watching her, too. Who is The Man in Shadows who seems to be following her? And what dark secret from her past is Afton hiding? Afton Morrison is a female Dexter Morgan, right down to her Dark Passenger, Animus Afton, the manifestation of her darkest desires. However, she has yet to perform her first kill. She is a complex character, at once inspiring compassion and fear. She injects enough humor and humanity into her actions to make her likable. She is also surrounded by a cast of interesting support characters. Be warned, this is a serial novel, and you will have to read the rest of the series to get the complete story. I look forward to finding out more about the incident that shaped Afton and the motivations that drive her. Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sexual assault, graphic violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2018/06/go-home-afton-by-brent-jones.html