Local Author’s Books Receive Excellent Reviews
Finally, fans of Susan C. Finelli's Behind the Shadows can rejoice with the release of the sequel, Fading Shadows. As the author's second work featuring the cast and characters of the Nasco and Straga families, one might reasonably expect a lesser work. Authors often slump a bit in their second work, and when the second work is a sequel of the first, some authors will simply re-tell the former story in a new way. Finelli is not a lazy writer at all. Her second book borrows the characters and key parts of the plot from her first work, but she builds upon that foundation to take the reader into the lives of the next generation in the family. Once again, Finelli shows how truly adept she is at weaving together the generations. She may even be better at it in Fading Shadows because a reader could truly read the sequel without having read the original book and not be lost. It's the rare ability that Finelli possesses of showing the reader just enough of the character's past without overdoing that telling.
Again the action will largely define the work and Finelli shows she's a master at keeping the action fast-paced without sacrificing the story. While the action propels her story forward, it is the characters who will insure that readers invest their emotions and stay with the book to the end. Finelli adds rich details to the lives of her character and infuses them with morals and values or a lack of such, so that readers can live through them. Although the dialogue in the first work was good, here Finelli has vastly improved on her sequel. The dialogue is more crisp here and flows as people in real life speak. The author's use of dialogue builds on the characters, fleshing them out, into real individuals that the reader will connect with them on deeper levels. Finelli is a force in the fast-paced action, drama work that readers will not soon forget.
Fading Shadows is a complex book about family dynamics which go on behind the scenes of a seemingly happy life! Both a mystery and a thriller it will keep you riveted as you try to figure out what is going to happen next. I actually did not foresee the ending which for obvious reasons I am not going to tell you--I am going to let the back of the book reveal what it will and say only--buy it, borrow it, what ever it takes--read it!!
From the back of the book:
Mourning the death of her grandfather, and the loss of Daniel Torrelle, the love of her life, Kay Straga buries her sadness deep within her guilt ridden, broken heart.
Although Kay marries Jake Crane, her heart retains its love for her Daniel. More than twenty years later, Kay’s daughter, Sydney, becomes the target of an elaborate plan to seek revenge on Kay for a sin long ago committed, but not forgotten.
Daniel returns to Kay to protect her and her family, only to destroy family harmony and unlock the secret of his and Kay’s past. A secret, that once divulged, keeps her locked in its clutches, from which there is no escape.
About the author: (from the back of the book)
Frederick, MD April 9, 2013 -- PublishAmerica is proud to announce that author Susan C. Finelli of New York, New York and the books, Fading Shadows and Behind the Shadows have received four star reviews. The reviews, which were penned by PublishAmerica Executive Director Miranda Prather, illustrate the company’s faith in this talented author.
Behind the Shadows lurks a dark family secret that began years before Kay Straga has the misfortune of stumbling upon it. Susan C. Finelli's sweeping family drama keeps to mind William Faulkner's declaration that "The past is never dead. It's not even past." None of the family over the generations from their immigration fromItaly toNew York City to the present time can escape what was done. Finelli is an adept author at pacing her cross-generational saga. Sometimes authors will falter in blending the proper amount of detail from the past generations and leave little left over for the proper telling of the modern tale. The author insures readers that they have the details from the past that lead to the family secret that could undo the current generation, yet still manages to firmly root the action with the modern characters who will suffer consequences of their ancestor's transgressions. Character truly becomes a driving force in the book. Readers clearly come to know who the villains and heroes of the tale are and develop a deep and lasting connection with those heroes.
Place runs through Finelli's work as a constant thread. Finelli clearly knows and understands the geography of New York City, but more importantly understands the soul of the city. I cannot imagine this novel being successfully set in any other city in this country or in the world. So adept at handling the scenes of the city and how they play out, the author paints clear and vivid portraits in the reader's mind that it will come to feel more like a movie than a book. In fact, Behind the Shadows is just such a novel that would adapt beautifully to the big screen. The greatest compliment an author can hear about their novel is that it is a real page-turner. When given that compliment, the author knows that she has engaged the reader who now is invested in the lives of the characters in the book. Susan C. Finelli's Behind the Shadows is indeed an absolute page-turner that will leave readers demanding more.