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Written by: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Publisher: Lust for Living Press imprint, Courage Crafters Inc
A multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more.
The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others.
Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.
Straight off the bat this story hits you with it’s beautiful characters in touching and tragic situations. The central character, Onxy Webb, has a fascinating life starting in Louisiana in the 1920s which strings along through her timeline throughout the story.
I love the amount of detail that goes into the historic explorations of the story. In some ways it feels like and exploration of innocence and evil in America’s past. And it is fascinating to explore.
This story is written more like a TV show than it is a book, with a large collection of different story lines set in different time periods that slowly begin to tie together as the episodes continue.
I often found this style of storytelling confusing, and it would sometimes take reading a page or two of the chapter before I actually got a grasp on the who, what, when, and where of the new story-line.
The disorientation of the chapter openings aside, this book is stunningly well written. The characters quickly capture your attention and compassion, even when they’re not the shiniest of souls. They are all complex and interesting people stepping unwittingly into the bigger picture this book is starting to weave.
I also really enjoyed the poetic moments sprinkled into the story. Some of those moments, made me pause, reread, and just think on what they were sharing before continuing with the story.
If you like season 1 of American Horror Story, then the twisted and macabre horror and historic elements that are blended into this story is going to be a literary feast for you. There are frightening spirits, beastly humans, serial killers, kidnappings, World Fairs, and a scene that turned Ferris Wheels into a message of terror.
Even though I found the non-linear story-line frustrating at times, it is a fantastic and unique piece of horror fiction that I think most readers will enjoy sinking their teeth into.
4 out of 5 blood spattered stars.
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About the Authors
Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are best known as the authors of Go for No! (which hit #1 on Amazon’s Sales & Selling list and has remained in the Top 10 for the last five years.) They are also professional speakers who speak internationally to audiences on how to overcome fear of failure and rejection. Although all of their business books are fables, the Onyx Webb series is their first serious dive into fiction.
But Richard and Andrea have been in love with creating stories together since they met almost twenty years ago and even spent some time in Hollywood writing screenplays, being represented by the producer of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.