Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review: A Taut, Compelling Page Turner

REVIEW: Painless (Derek Ciccone)
Posted by Apex Reviews on July 7, 2010

Reviewed By Josee Morgan
Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

A Taut, Compelling Page Turner
Having lost everything that matters to him, Billy Harper rents a cottage from the Whitcomb family in the upscale Connecticut town of New Canaan and attempts to put the pieces of his shattered life back together again. Resigned to going the rest of his life with an unfeeling, frozen heart, Billy is in for quite the pleasant surprise when he meets Carolyn, the Whitcombs’ four-year-old daughter, who encourages him to thaw out his heart and live again; however, a series of strange incidents soon convinces Billy that Carolyn is quite the “unnatural” being, and when a rogue military organization learns of her special abilities and attempts to use her for their own purposes, Billy is ultimately forced to put his renewed life on the line to save the little girl without whom he never would have regained it...

With a rich cast of characters and taut, compelling plotlines, Painless is a veritable page turner. Skillfully crafted by author Derek Ciccone, Painless chronicles the personal transformation of a man wounded by life who ultimately learns to trust, hope, and love again – only to be faced with having everything he fought so hard to regain be taken away from him. The damning prospect of repeating the cycle of painful loss is the last thing Billy wants to experience, and Ciccone draws the reader into the gripping internal struggle with which he contends to prevent lightning from striking twice in the same place.

With superb character development and riveting, escalating action, Painless is an all-engrossing read offering invaluable life lessons about the virtues of never giving up – no matter how difficult the roads we travel. An enjoyable literary treat.