Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review: Inside Rain

Every now and again I come across a book that lets me know that there are writer's in this world who are just as "touched" as I am when it comes to the stories they choose to tell, and I can honestly say that author Monique D. Mensah is definitely my kind of writer!
Her latest book, Inside Rain, is the gripping tale of Rain, a young girl who witnesses the brutal murder of her mother at a very young age and struggles to cope with that reality as an adult.

In the beginning you are introduced to Rain's remaining family: Her grandmother, who is the center of her world; her brother Danny who is a self-centered womanizer who resents Rain's weak character; and her sister Carmen who is a promiscuous drug-whore, who would love nothing more than for her sister to simply disappear.

As the story unfolds, the reader is taken on an intimate journey into the lives of each sibling to see how the gruesome death of their mother has affected their lives. And with the turn of every page, Mensah skillfully plunges the reader into a psychological thrill ride that will have you backtracking just to rediscover what you may have missed the first time around.

What I really loved about this book was that from the beginning it grabs and holds your attention with a vise-like grip. Each chapter is filled with fast paced drama that will have you staying up until all hours of the night trying to figure out how it all ends.

After reading Mensah's first book, Who Is He to You, I was already a fan, but now after reading Inside Rain I can honestly say that this author is definitely someone that I see in my regular reading rotation.

All-in-all I give Inside Rain an enthusiastic 10 spirit fingers and encourage you to definitely make it a must have for your holiday reading list. Great job Ms. Mensah and keep writing.

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The Adventures of Princess Zaria said...

I haven't gotten Inside Rain yet but plan to. After reading Mensah's first book, I labeled her a 'Literary Genius.' Can't wait for the Rain:)

Janaya Black said...

Yes, she definitely has a gift for storytelling.