If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. - B. F. Skinner
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. - Mary Wortley Montagu

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Scar Tissue by M C Domovitch / @pumpupyourbook @Moniquedomovitc

Series & Title: The Midnight Series, Book 1: Scar Tissue
Author: M C Domovitch
Publisher: Lansen Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Thriller, Suspense, Romance (minor)
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

When successful model Ciara Cain wakes up in hospital, remembering nothing of the weeks she has been missing, her only clues are the ugly words carved into her skin. According to the police she was a victim of the Cutter, a serial killer who has already murdered three women. For her protection the police and her doctors give a press conference, announcing that because her amnesia is organically caused, her memory loss is permanent. But, whether her memory returns or not is anybody’s guess.

Overnight, Ciara’s glamorous life is gone. Her scars have killed both her modelling career and her relationship with her rich boyfriend. With nothing to keep her in New York, she returns to her home town of Seattle, moves in with her sister and goes about building a new life. But when her sister lets it slip that Ciara’s memory is returning, the killer comes after her again. If Ciara is to stay alive, she must keep one step ahead of the Cutter.

This book was...freaky. And I don't mean in the kinky sense.

It was chilling and frightening and so-glad-I-didn't-read-it-at-night incredible.

Ms. Domovitch is a new to me author. It's been a long time since I've read a thriller like this. It's dark and suspenseful and mysterious without being overly one or the other of those things. Each, to me, is well-balanced and it resulted in a well-rounded story I'll read again.

Ciara's story starts fast and that pace doesn't let up. But it isn't empty or boring. Ms. Domovitch fills the pages with things, events, clues, that bring the truth to light and threaten Ciara's new existence. The person who abducted and tortured her is coming to finish the job. The memories Ciara didn't have at the beginning are returning. She doesn't have a lot of options: stay one step ahead to stay alive or let the Cutter finish what was started two years ago.

Ciara is made of some pretty strong stuff. *chuckles* Who am I kidding? She's one hell of a heroine who refuses to go down easily. She makes her stand and, man, she doesn't disappoint.

Ms. Domovitch didn't disappoint either. I'll definitely be looking for more of this series. I hope Ms. Domovitch's voice continues in the next one. I hope it's as well-balanced. I hope it's a lot of things but I hope, more than anything, it's just as eerie as this one.

M C Domovitch is the author of nine novels, four of which were published under the name of Carol Ann Martin (by Penguin), another two under the name Monique Domovitch (by Carina Press) The other three are published as M C Domovitch, Scorpio Rising, The Sting of the Scorpio (Both now republished in one single tome) and Scar Tissue. The decision to use a different pen name was based on her departure from cozy mysteries and entering the Romance and Romantic Suspense genres.

Before becoming an author, Monique had multiple careers, beginning with modeling. She won a modeling contest in the 70s and became one of Canada's top models. After retiring from the fashion industry, she studied finance and joined an investment company. This led to a new career as host of her own television show about investing, with the television network, WTN. Following her retirement from finance, she decided to pursue her true passion, writing. At a writing workshop at San Diego's Writers' Conference, one of her unpublished books caught the eye of a publisher and of an agent. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their dogs. They divide their time between homes in Victoria and Toronto Canada and Key Largo Florida.

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