Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Beck Valley Books Presents: Swallowtail by Sheri Meshal


Chicago wife, mother and finance executive Claire Cummings, arrives at work one morning to discover her friend Julia has embezzled millions and vanished. Blindsided and devastated by the betrayal, she’s sent home pending further investigation. Claire’s bizarre death the following day sends everyone reeling, guessing and looking for her in all the wrong places. In no time she's addicted to an enchanting menagerie of tricks and techniques for getting the living's attention, but most people are harder to reach than she'd ever dreamed and even harder to set free.

She was still a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend... she'd move heaven and earth to keep it that way.

Sheri Meshal’s Swallowtail is a haunting story about life, love, loss and just how far we’ll go to control it all.

This debut from a thought-provoking new voice in fiction begs the question… what would you do if all the rules changed, and you were suddenly bestowed powers beyond your greatest imagination?

Ok so I must first start out by saying this book was nothing like what I thought it was! I thought this was a crazy murder mystery and it turns out I was right but not really. I mean there was a death and it was a mystery to some of the main characters but as the reader you know what happened so the mystery was implied just not there. You begin this book thinking it would be all about the bank and the missing millions and you end up about 40 pages into the story not even caring about that part of the story at all! 

Now does that mean I didn't like the book? Absolutely not! I loved this book! So much so that I read it in about 3 days and I still had to cook, clean, and work 2 jobs all while wedding planning! This book couldn't have come at a better time. I started it after I had a strange back injury happen when I was napping. I don't know what I did in my sleep but not only did I still feel awful (I took the nap because I started to feel run down like I had a cold starting) but I also somehow managed to throw my back out so this book was my best friend during the daily doctor's appointments that I had to make and sit through. 

There is no better book to read when you want to forget the world than this one right here! Sheri Meshal's perspective on what happens after we die is one that I really loved. It wasn't your normal run of the mill you die you go to heaven the end. The way she had the main character's interact with her loved ones really moved me. To be completely honest I am not sure what I believe happens to us after we die and I love Meshal's take on such a controversial subject. 

If you dare to be open minded this should be on your TBR list for sure!!!! I give this one a 5 star rating. Pick it up but don't blame me when you can't put it down :) 

About the Author
Sheri Meshal spent most of her childhood on an old farm in Iowa. She is an author by day and chauffeur by night... for a tad bit longer. Swallowtail took over six years to write and was inspired by bizarre events which occurred shortly after her father's passing in 1998. Best friends, they'd engaged in countless conversations regarding the possibility of life after death and enjoyed sharing books on the subject years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a myriad of unexplainable events, Sheri realized had she died first, she would've done everything in her power to get her father's attention and show him all the things she could do.

Her father had informed her that she was a writer long before she could begin to accept the possibility. In her heart, she knew he should've been the writer, and if she did possess any talent for it, it was due to his DNA. She began writing for both of them and often wondered if he helped her, as crucial research repeatedly found its way to her by the strangest means. When she met medium Jonathan Louis, he desperately tried to avoid a cliche topic. Exasperated, he finally gave in saying, "I don't want to say this. Whenever I do, the room goes crazy. Sometimes it just is what it is and nothing more, but what does it mean when I say the word butterfly to you?" Overcome with emotion, she confessed she'd written a novel titled Swallowtail about a dead woman communicating with her friends and family. He answered softly with a smile, "He helps you."

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

1 comment:

  1. I loved every minute of this book and your so right Sheri's take on the afterlife is definitely how it should be.


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