“Book Review: Dead Air”
Reviewed by Felicia Nicole Hall
Suspense, surprises, and plot twists—Dead Air is a Philadelphia thriller that doesn’t disappoint.
Dead Air by Michael Bradley follows late night radio host, Kaitlyn Ashe, as she starts to receive creepy and threatening letters. Kaitlyn ignores them at first, chalking it up to being an obsessed fan of the show, but as the letters get more threatening and closer to home, she realizes that the past she left behind is creeping up on her.
In an effort to keep her darkest secrets hidden, Kaitlyn keeps pushing the severity of her stalker out of mind to enjoy life with her new fiancé. But she has multiple dangerous run-ins with the stalker, including being thrown off her motorcycle, but when the stalker crosses a line, hurting Kaitlyn in a way that she never sees coming, she’s forced to face this monster and, with that, her dark past.
“Her hands, resting in her lap, trembled. Someone was watching her. It felt as if a set of eyes was boring into the back of her head. Another quick glance behind her revealed nothing out of the ordinary. It was more than she could stand.”
One of the strongest aspects of this story is its lively, realistic setting. As a native Philadelphia resident, it is so special to read about Philly and its surrounding areas with such clear imagery and evocative locations. The city is described with care in the book, often using specific streets and landmarks which makes local readers (like me) thankful for recognizable backdrops to its already captivating story. I really could picture all of these events happening right here in my own city, and other local readers will be able to do the same.
Another great thing about this story are the ever-present plot twists. I’ve always been a sucker for a good twist, and Dead Air definitely doesn’t leave anything to be desired in that area. It feels as if every other page has a new shock in store for me. I’m constantly trying to solve the mystery for myself and am always being surprised at where author Michael Bradley takes me. For a mystery-thriller, it satisfies all that we’re hoping to get out of it.
Overall, Dead Air is a suspenseful, exciting thriller with a heart-pounding plot and a deep underlying story. There’s never a dull moment here. If you’re looking for a book with a few great plot twists and suspenseful moments with a backdrop of a beautiful city, Dead Air’s got you covered.
Publisher: Camcat Books
Paperback: 288 pages
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