Saturday, July 14, 2012

Book review: "Foreign Identity" by Becca J. Campbell

See also blog tour information here and my separate post today with details on how to win a copy of this book, as well as how to get a free copy of Ms. Campbell's other book, Not the Norm.

Foreign Identity review
Author: Becca J. Campbell
5 out of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Psychological Suspense/Science Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC edition of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have been asked to take part in a blog tour to promote this book, but none of this has not affected my opinion regarding this book.

Synopsis: Cold. Confusion. Fear. This is how it all begins.

Waking up without your memory in a cell and bound by chains is terrifying.

Two nameless strangers, a man and a woman, find themselves imprisoned together. With no memories of their own identities, let alone their captor and tormentor, escape is the only option. The pair faces a bizarre labyrinth of rooms and clues that confuse more than they explain. Every discovery only brings more questions.

Who captured them? Why were they taken? What does their captor want from them? What can the riddles mean?

Who are they?

Lacking allies and options, the duo must learn to trust one another. Mazes, puzzles, and even strange, lurking creatures force them to rely on their wits – and each other – for survival. But survival isn’t enough. They need answers.

Will the answers be enough? Will the truth bring them closer together, or drive them forever apart? Will discovering their identities finally bring them home?

My Thoughts: Wow! I had no idea what to expect when I read this book, having never read anything by Ms. Campbell before, and I was just … blown away!
I literally could not stop reading this book until I finished it – to the point where I even had my husband grab my medication for me to take so I wouldn’t have to get up. When I first started reading this, I was thinking to myself that the basic premise has been done – waking up in a room, no memories, no idea who you are; I even played a D&D game like that once. But after that, it’s like stepping through the looking glass – or flying over the rainbow, a more apt metaphor, considering the frequent references to Oz throughout the book.

I can’t tell you more about the plot, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but it does wander off into a sort of science/fantasy world. But don’t worry, it all makes sense, and it was a sheer delight to read! Underneath it all was a wonderful love story, too, about making things work even when it already seems it has all fallen apart.

Ms. Campbell is obviously quite a romantic, in addition to have a terrific imagination and writing style. I think this book will appeal to a wide variety of people – those who enjoy solving puzzles, mystery lovers, those who enjoy a bit of fantasy and/or science fiction in their stories, those who enjoy a touch of a love story... it all boils down to a wonderful story that is sure to please. Check it out, and check out my post regarding the blog tour (posted early Thursday), as well as my post regarding the giveaway of this book, and how to get a free copy of her short story, Not the Norm.

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