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Forgive Me, Alex (Tony Hooper Book 1) by [Diamond, Lane]
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"This story affords us a look into the mind of a serial killer and the tremendous strength of writing in this book makes that a terrifying experience. The writing is exceptional in that it propelled me into the story and into the minds of the main characters as well as keeping me totally fixated on the story. The suspense and tension is this story is very palpable and I found myself thinking about this story long after I had finished. The main characters of Tony and Mitchell are painted with such fine precision and depth I could almost feel their presence while reading. The character of Frank Willow the adopted Grandfather of Tony and Alex is a richly defined character who contributes a great deal of emotion and compassion to the story. The other characters in this story are all unique and well defined and successfully contribute to the sentiment, understanding and underlying current of the story." ~ The Kindle Book Review "With his first novel, Forgive Me, Alex, Lane Diamond has initiated a crime/suspense thriller series that exhibits many of the qualities that put the likes of Lee Child and James Patterson on the bestseller lists." ~ Reader's Favorite International Book Awards "Suck a rubber duck if you are not blown away by this dark psychological thriller. In a world where characters are as vital as in The Game of Thrones, the suspense had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath for everyone involved. Neighboring Huntley, the setting is home to me, making this all the more twisted and real for me. If you love serial killers, red herrings, the thrill of the chase, and unpredictable endings, you are in for a treat. Methodically thorough, this book came together like a well-crafted puzzle. The word choice, though coarse, is meaningful and eloquent. The switching points of view and timelines were plot-driven, not pointless. The narrator made this story come alive. I loved all of the character voices. Well, I loved all of them except one. The author created such a vile creature in the serial killer that by the end of the book, I heard his voice and wanted to throw up. Authors should look to this as a great example of the use of an epilogue and cliffhanger. In short: mind blown." ~ Raven Reviewer "Psychological thrillers are my kind of books! Not only do I write them, but truly enjoy reading one that makes my skin crawl, my nerves skitter with fear and my heart thump a tad louder. This incredible novel by Lane Diamond handed me ALL of that, in spades!" ~ Ashley Fontaine

About the Author

I write fiction, long and short, in several genres: Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, Mainstream Literary. I was a longtime Freelance Editor, with several clients published or aspiring to be so. I'm also Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Evolved Publishing (www.EvolvedPub.com), a small publisher (primarily of eBooks) that functions as a hybrid between a traditional publisher and an authors' cooperative. We're excited about offering our readers strongly written, professionally edited stories. Readers will come to know the Evolved Publishing name for its delivery of high-quality works, and for a level of professionalism sometimes lost in this crazy new world. I've been an avid reader my entire life, and started writing at the age of 12. Now, at long last (Man! Why did I wait so long?), I'm putting pedal to the metal in pursuit of the author's life. I'm starting with a few short stories, and will be adding my debut novel, a Psychological Thriller called "Forgive Me, Alex," in December 2011. These are exciting times for authors, it's true, but it's also a great opportunity for readers. You can find real quality out there. And real value! Just look for the Evolved Publishing name, and please enjoy. I'd love to know what you think of my work. I hope you'll take a moment to leave a review after reading one of my pieces. And thank you! You can find out more about me at my website: www.LaneDiamond.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 2 edition (18 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NTNQP8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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[WARNING: This book contains explicit and violent scenes that are not for the young or squeamish.]

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This book was simply outstanding. I haven't read a crime novel that really grabbed my attention in a long time and so when I got hooked on this book from the very first page, I knew I was starting the journey of something very special. I loved the way the story was portrayed and the story itself. I was continuously enthralled throughout and found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and continue on with my life because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It is a book that I would pass along in a heart beat but one that I would be unwilling to provide my own copy for.

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Can I just say that I loved every single character in this story? I know I shouldn't. I know that there is always supposed to be characters that I can't stand or don't want to read more of but that just wasn't the case with this novel. There were times when Diana would get on my nerves but I still loved her and I know that she had a lot to deal with so it was all understandable. And that, I think, is why the characters in this story were all brilliant. They were all so realistic. Everything they felt and everything they did was so believable and it was obvious that Lane not only understands human emotions extremely well, he also did some extreme research alongside this work. I can only give him props.

I adored Tony. I loved his strength, his protection, his love and his kindness. I loved his stubborn will and his sense of justice. He was an all around character because even though you loved him and admired him, he was also a bad character. He was being unjust and there was a moral struggle within.
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Forgive Me, Alex switches between several perspectives, mainly Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton during the original killing spree of 1978 and `now' (1995), which could be potentially confusing, but is highlighted nicely by the chapter titles and change in the tone of the POV. I also found that the insight we have from 1995 adds to the suspense - we know some details, revealed sparingly along the way, and this results in a tale that (in parts) puts me in mind of watching an impending car crash.

So why should you read this? Firstly, if you're a fan of Dexter I think you might find something you like... This novel comprises a unique mix of the insane ramblings of a madman as he edges towards the serial killer he will become; the suspense of not knowing who is going to die and how painfully; several twists that you can try to predict but will often come up short; and a lead in Tony Hooper who will not idly sit by and let this murderer kill again. Tell me, how many other books could give you that?

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 51 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, well executed thriller drama 25 Oct. 2012
By Flal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Forgive Me Alex is a novel driven by two main characters, the protagonist Tony Hooper and the antagonist Mitchell Norton. The chapters, for the most part, are given from each characters point of view, and the execution of each is what makes the story soar. With Tony you feel like it is a friend talking to you, the initial joys of his feelings towards his brother and then his girlfriend. Later this changes to despair, angst, and also hope. With Mitchell, you get the warped mind of a crazy, sadistic psychiopath. Both POV's are like ying/yang in literary form and each character is well structured. Of course other characters grace the story, my favorite of which was Tony's uncle, Frank

The story moved at a brisk pace as the reader is propelled back and forth between the two viewpoints and subplots that go back and forth through time until you are creasing pages to ease your own angst and see where each destiny merges and the fates of each.

If you like a thriller with substance and characters that are so real you think you may have read about them in the paper I highly recommend this excellent novel
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome, yet satisfying. 3 Jan. 2012
By Tim Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is gruesome and emotional right out of the gate. The main character, Tony, goes through some monumental losses throughout the story. These aren't the kind of losses that you can just blow off as insignificant because Lane's writing makes you really care about these people and what's going on. Lane excels in this area of sympathetic characters.

The sympathy you have for the characters makes this a tough read at times. I blazed through the first half in one or two days, which for me is saying a lot, especially with other books already in my queue. But, I got to a point where the gruesome scenes with the serial killer made me put it down. I give Lane credit for painting a very real picture of what it would be like to be Tony, to be the serial killer, and to be all the other people that suffer and were involved with this monster--even to the point that you sympathize with the monster himself.

Even though I didn't really "enjoy" reading the scenes with the serial killer, I was intrigued to get into the killer's mind, and they were very well written. This is the kind of book you can see playing out in your head as if you were there. Lane uses the first person to masterfully get you into the character's minds so that you can feel everything as if it were happening to you. I could see how and why this guy did these awful things, and it made the story more horrific because of how real it seemed.

In the end, I was pushed to find out what happens to the main character's girlfriend. As usual, Lane wrote a compelling love story for Tony and Dianna that really pulls you in at the beginning of the story. This is the hook that will keep you reading in spite of the gruesome actions by the serial killer because you want to know what happens between Tony and Dianna. Even though much of the book is written from 17 years after Tony first met the serial killer, you still don't quite know what happens until the end; and even then, he leaves you wondering and needing to know what will happen in the sequel.

Between 50% and like 70% I was thinking this would be a 4 star review because I figured I had Lane pegged on what would happen to Diane. I was partly right, and partly wrong. The conclusion left me realistically satisfied and very impressed with Lane's story telling. Life isn't a fairy tale, and I commend Lane for his conclusion. That, combined with Lane's excellent writing, makes this a 5 star book. I walk away with a deep emotional connection to these characters and their plight. They are like old friends, and any time a book can create that bond with characters, I say well done. He also did an excellent job with the moral question of what you would do if you were in Tony's place and life has been so traumatically difficult. How many loved ones could you see die before you justified vengeance?

The only problems I had a few problems with this book: a little bit of a lull after the middle, which is hard to avoid when you are setting up the ending, and in order to be real; and some of the sex and violence was more than I wanted to experience, but in the end, that's the ugly truth that Lane had to portray to tell this story right. As he warns in the intro, this book is not for kids.

If you are willing to experience some of the darker sides to life, you'll walk away with new "friends," and a deeper understanding of life and appreciation for the loved ones you still have.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzer! Hold on tight. You're in for a doozy of a ride! 23 Jan. 2012
By ALC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This thriller hooked me from the very beginning and I found it near impossible to put it aside. I carried my kindle with me everywhere I went and when snatches of time presented itself, I pulled out the Kindle and read.

I needed to know what was going to happen next despite some of the gruesome and more uncomfortable parts of the story (inside the mind of a serial killer). I found the story engrossing and the style of writing quite crisp, clean, and forthright.

This is definitely not a book for the squeamish and not for children, as this author states right upfront. Be forewarned. But to be fair, it is those scenes that truly let you into the mindset of Mitchell Norton and his rational and without them, this book would not have achieved what it set out to do. As far as Tony is concerned, the experiences he is faced to deal with with make your heart break for him and near the end of the story, you can't help but cheer the guy on despite knowing that for all intents and purposes what he is doing is wrong. You won't care. It feels right and that's all that matters.

The ending is perfect. It works and sets up the sequel wonderfully. I can't wait to see where this story goes. And Mr. Diamond, if you're reading this, cut Tony some slack, will ya? The guy deserves to find his happy ending. But something tells me, he's in for another roller coaster ride from hell.

My only small nit-picky complaint was the shifting from present time (1995) to the past (1978) and varying the different POV's between Mitchell and Tony. At first, it took me off guard and I struggled with it (could just be me though, so don't let that sway your decision--this is great thriller, regardless). So it took me a few chapters to train my eye to read the chapter header. After a few chapters, it was no longer an issue and actually worked very well in telling this particular story.

Overall, loved it. Two thumbs up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I'm going to read it a third time. 21 July 2012
By Ranee Dillon - Published on Amazon.com
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One sentence and I was hooked.

"I never expected to be a killer." Muses Tony Hooper.

My first introduction to Tony broke my heart and horrified me all at once. As a mother of four, I wanted to grab him and scream--No! To tell him everything would be just fine, but as I continued to read I quickly realized the tragedy that befell him in 1975 was only the beginning.

"And whom shall I fear if not the devil, the grim torturer who conquered my aspirations and left me without a recognizable world of my own?" He later continues.

Now, you'd think when Lane Diamond introduces the devil that completed the destruction of young Tony's life in 1978 that I'd want to rip the pages out. I mean, who really goes out of their way to look inside the head of serial killer? The problem, Diamond does such an incredible job at building Mitchell Norton's slow descent into madness that I couldn't put the freakin' book down!

I rarely read books that jump back and forth between characters and time periods. The reason being--it's extremely difficult to create a cohesive, linear plot that the reader can follow without confusion until the end. Again, Diamond shows his mastery of the pen. Not once did I have to go back to say, "wait, did I miss something?"

Having said that, I certainly didn't expect the ending, but one thing's for sure, I'm definitely sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the release of Diamond's second book in the series, The Devil's Bane.

Of the many books I've read over the past 39 years, few have warranted a second read. However, I was so bent on getting to the end of Forgive Me, Alex--to find out if Tony received (or more accurately sought out) the justice he so obviously deserved--that I had to go back and read it again to savor the masterful writing. You know what happened the second time around? I blew through it again, even knowing the ending.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 4 Jan. 2012
By Lilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was a thriller alright. I could not put it down, but I had to as I was visiting friends and thought I could just read it on the plane. Once I started, I just wanted to continue to find out more about these characters and the paths they were being led down. I enjoyed how the author gave me the present, but then showed me the past and how it shapped Tony Hooper giving him depth and making me love the person he was trying to be. Throughout the mid to end of the story I continued to wonder about Diana and was a little disappointed that I had anticipated the ending with her...I wanted something different, something darker, however I am glad that the door has been left open for more of Tony Hooper. Thanks for the great book Lane!
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