Storm Rising – ReviewBY WHISPERINGSTORIES · APRIL 8, 2015
Storm Rising (NightHawk Series) Book One.
Author – Rachael Richey
Publisher – The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Release Date – 13th February 2015
I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Frontman of the grunge rock band, NightHawk, Gideon Hawk has had enough of the rock star life. He is jaded, disillusioned and haunted by the memory of an unresolved heartbreak. On a whim, he leaves the band in New York and heads to England in search for answers.
After attending the funeral of her estranged mother, Abigail Thomson makes a shocking discovery in her parent’s attic. The raw memories that surface, along with even more startling discoveries force Abi to face a devastating truth that leads to a series of life changing events.
She and Gideon must race against time to reclaim the life stolen from them a decade ago.
The book jumps between two periods of time, from 2005 to flashbacks of 1994/5 when both Abi and Gideon were teenagers.
The story starts off in 2005 at the funeral of Abigail Thomson’s (Abi) estranged mother. Over the course of the first few chapters, we are told about Abi’s hatred towards her mother and how she hadn’t seen her in many years. You also feel the love that she has for her father, mixed in with sympathy and a distrust she has of him.
Abi is a wonderfully written character, in her twenties, she is bubbly and warm, even with a past that would haunt her forever. You not only get to see the grown up Abi, but when the story flashes back to 1994, you get to witness a young, rebellious teenager, starting out in a relationship with her first boyfriend, Gideon Hawk.
Gideon Hawk is the frontman of his band ‘NightHawk’ or he was until he decided to quit the band after a concert in New York, leaving the other two members unsure of what is going to happen to them. He is at an age and a time when he wants to find out what happened between Abi and himself ten years ago, especially since he’s been dreaming about her again.
He is a sexy, 29 year old rock star, who could have had any girl he wanted over the years, but the only person he’s ever loved is Abi. He’s sensitive and caring, and very witty.
I loved this book, so much that I did something I try not to do. I rushed through it in two days as I needed to find out why Abi hated her mum so much, and what could a mother have done to make her only daughter detest her.
The book was hard to put down and I completely lost sense of time whilst engrossed in a love story that had spanned a decade. As well as Abi’s mum’s deceit, I also needed to find out if Abi and Gideon would find each other, and would they still feel the same way as they did when they were teenagers, once they came face to face.
This is a truly wonderful love story, with hidden secrets from the past unveiling themselves throughout the whole book. You are witness to lots of twists and turns in the present day, brought on by the past. Prepare to be shocked at the revelations about Abi’s past, and what her mother did.
Rachael hasn’t written stereotypical characters. The characters that she has created are true to life, with a narrative that is authentic. Her descriptions of the 1990’s were spot on, and I was certainly taken back to that era. She has managed to make the whole book seem like we are reading about real people in real situations.
The book does take a few chapters to get into it, but once in, it is thoroughly enjoyable. I loved being a spectator into Abi and Gideon’s lives, both as teenagers and adults. I got the sense that these two were soul mates who were destined to be together.
The ending was perfect, but now I need to know what the future has in store for all of them. Roll on book two!