The Storm

The Storm


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A tiny town in Georgia’s northwest corner — ninety-five percent white. Five percent black. Utterly unprepared for the devastating tornado that rips and smashes through it one dark August day.

SHERIFF ZANDRA SEAGRAVES already faced an uphill battle. Elected by a fluke, Red Springs’ first-ever black, female sheriff leads the recovery efforts, despite knowing how much the townspeople—and her own department—loathe her. But Zandra has no idea just how hellish things are about to get.

Because one of the relief workers stumbles across a ghastly secret: the tornado tore a long-abandoned house off its foundations, revealing a grisly, recently-used torture dungeon below it.

A monster has been dwelling in Red Springs. Undetected for years. Preying on the unsuspecting populace. His atrocities only brought to light because of the storm.

Now, amid the tornado’s wreckage and surrounded by people who want her gone, Zandra has to hunt this monster down before he disappears again.

And to do it, she’ll have to peel back all of Red Springs’ dark, corrupted layers. One vile secret at a time.

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ISBN-13: 9781948042666
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Publication date: 12/14/2018
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 744,807
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Storm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JordanH 5 months ago
This book was impossible to put down.  Forget Instagram and Facebook; we're talking ereader-on-my phone-in-the-bathroom-at-work hard to put down.  The action starts off right away, and it's not only fast-paced, but the sense of foreboding is masterful.  From the first chapter you KNOW something bad is coming; things are going to get creepy.  And if you've read his Gray Widow trilogy - you know Dan Jolley does creepy SO.  DANG.  WELL. I was surprised at how invested I got in all the characters, even the ones I really didn't like (... REALLY didn't like...).  Zandra, Colin, Pounder - they were relatable and believable, and I cared about who they were, what they were going through, and how they were growing and changing.  And in typical Jolley fashion, they went through A LOT. Woven throughout this mystery-thriller is a relevant look into impoverished white people in the Southern United States.  Jolley's observations about racism, classism, and Trump-ism were insightful, and the many of the situations that the characters found themselves in were familiar to me - thankfully not all of them (looking at you, hidden dungeon).  I read The Storm shortly after reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance, actually, and much of what was said in both rang true for me.  I appreciated Dan's voice in this ever-evolving discussion. And of course, in the midst of all that, Dan Jolley had to go and break my heart AND make me laugh out loud multiple times.  Because that's just what he does.  That's all I'm going to say about that because, you know, spoilers. So if you're looking for an engaging, gritty, politically relevant, action-packed read, check out The Storm.  It's dark at times, hilarious at times, thought-provoking at times - and enjoyable at all times.
A_Wuethrich 9 months ago
The Storm was captivating especially the final chapters. Very dark and chilling in parts of the story, but with so many twists and turns it keeps you hooked searching for answers. So many dark secrets in such a small town. The author connects you with the protagonist instantly. You can’t help but admire her courage and hope that she overcomes all the many obstacles that come her way. The main antagonist is as twisted and frightening as them come. I would highly recommend.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A timely tale of mystery and social commentary set against a backdrop inspired by a real-world disaster with believable characters that you won't want to separate yourself from. As a fellow Southern American, I rarely feel like my homeland is accurately represented in entertainment, but the themes and situations presented in this tale are some of my favorite that I've ever read. Jolley's stories are always an immense pleasure to read and I can't recommend them enough.
Brandon_Jerwa 11 months ago
Have you spent much time in the South? Dan Jolley has, and his firsthand experience adds the perfect amount of rich flavor to his writing in THE STORM. There’s a lot to love, and relate to, about the book’s southern setting and its characters, but be warned: this is a dark ride, and the corners can be sharp and sudden. The Storm’s lead character, Sheriff Zandra Seagraves, is a difficult person who’s still easily relatable. After a major storm in the town of Red Springs, this Georgia cop is at the forefront of a grisly discovery that leaves a flood of questions in its wake. As the story unfolded, I found myself sharing Zandra’s frustration - because I couldn’t solve this mystery, either. In fact, I didn’t see the end coming at all...but once the shock subsided, I truly realized how well-structured this thriller really is. I use the word “thriller”, but this book has a heavy dose of horror - insomuch as it doesn’t shy away from illustrating the vile, hateful nature of the darkest corners of the American experience. Man’s inhumanity towards man is on full display here, and the result is as satisfying as it is unsettling. I have no idea if Zandra Seagraves, or her bailiwick of Red Springs, Georgia, will make another appearance in print, but if they do...I’ll be there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fascinating, on so many different levels. The one that struck me the most, because I've lived through it, though under different circumstances, was the Culture Shock that one main character experiences, when completely removed from his comfort zone. You can see it in movies and whatnot, but until you are literally placed in an environment that completely goes against anything you've ever experienced before, you can't imagine the shock it sends to the system. And Dan Jolley captures that sensation fully when he brings one of his two main characters; Colin Massey, from upstate Connecticut to Red Springs, GA. in the aftermath of 'The Storm'. The racial tension and prejudice among the characters is so real and thick, you could cut it with a knife. And how do you track down a killer, when you can't trust anyone around not to stab you in the back at their first opportunity. Another great find in this book, is the relationship that grows between two outcasts working together, against time and the rest of the surrounding society, in a race to identify the monster running a torture dungeon. All in all, Great book. Great characters. Great story-lines. I'm glad I read it. You will be too.
Java_Jones More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic story! A small southern town gets ripped apart by a deadly tornado which uncovers a creepy secret. The local sheriff finds herself deep in a mystifying horror, and can only trust a few people. The story reveals several characters with nefarious intent, but the one behind the horror was a complete surprise to me. I did not see that coming. Jolley describes racism in a variety of ways, from overt to covert, obvious to subtle, but ever present. The main characters are well developed, and with the threads he left hanging, I expect the sequel to expand these characters and develop others. The book didn’t so much end, as it did just stop. He isn’t finished. I’m eager for the next book in this series.