Norma’s review and rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
THE REAL MICHAEL SWANN by BRYAN REARDON was an extremely gripping, intense, and suspenseful story that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first chapter. I was totally intrigued and emotionally invested in this story and thought the premise was unsettling but also so terrifyingly realistic. The scenes were intense and dramatic that had my heart-pounding and on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what was going to happen next. I was totally entertained and flew through those pages!
BRYAN REARDON delivers a fast-paced and well-written read here which is told from two perspectives with short chapters to make this an extremely quick and easy read. I enjoyed the characters and really felt the desperation that Julia Swann felt as she frantically searched for her husband Michael Swann. The emotions were real and heartfelt.
This was another compulsive read for me as I was emotionally invested and gripped right from the beginning which followed through to that shocking and stunning conclusion. Would recommend!
Brenda’s Traveling Sisters review
One Group / Two Coulees
Norma and I read The Real Michael Swann with six of our traveling sisters and we had some different views on this one. This time in a coulee, I didn’t end up in the same coulee as Norma.
The Real Michael Swann is part family drama with a little love story there between our two main characters Michael Swann and his wife Julia along with an intriguing story of a disaster. We all agreed the plot to this story was interesting, and clever. There is a bit of drama here and some backstory into our characters lives that felt a bit like a love story. That’s where we started to split with how we felt about the story. For some of the drama drove the story forward and added tension to the story and for the rest of us it slowed the story down for us.
Bryan Reardon took us on a fast-paced game of cat and mouse while Julie races to find Micheal first, creating a bit of drama along the way. For some of us, this added some emotional depth to the story allowing them to connect more with the characters. For some of us, they got stuck in the weeds of all that drama and it weighted down the story.
In the end, Norma and Lindsay were left excited and feeling very satisfied with that clever ending. Some of our TS were left feeling drained and wanting to move on home, and another TS and I were standing in middle thinking what’s with all the drama sisters!
I recommend to readers who like some drama to their thrillers.
4.5 stars! I couldn’t put this book down!
Wow! This was a fast-paced, edge of your seat, gripping and suspenseful story. It had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I LOVED how this was narrated – the two perspectives kept the story fresh and interesting. The short chapters made this novel a breeze to fly through.
The storyline is unique and highly intriguing. Julia Swann is on the phone with her husband Michael when the call goes dead. A bomb has gone off at Penn Station in New York City where Michael was waiting to board a train. Lost in the chaos of the tragedy yet trying to stay strong for her two sons, Julia tries to locate Michael hoping and praying that he survived.
The tragedy is intense and heartbreaking. The aftermath of chaos and confusion is palpable. The desperate search for answers is a heart-pounding and jaw-dropping.
Thank you so much from all of us to Edelweiss, Dutton, and Bryan Reardon for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.
For the different views on this story, please see our Traveling Sisters’ reviews on Goodreads.
Holly, Diane, Mary Beth, Marialcye, and Jan
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