Saturday, November 15, 2014

Death and Disappearances Review

Death And Disappearances

By Richard Smiraldi

Death and Disappearances is a psychological thriller that reads like a 1950's film noir. The story begin with Young, rich and promising novelist, Montgomery Clark, “Mont” and the disappearance of his wife. He and his wife, Petula Beaujolais Clark had been married about two years when life as they knew it began to unravel into the Paranormal. Petula grew restless, worried about her identical twin sister - who was institutionalized in Paris. After a spat with Mont at a club function on Gramercy Park, Petula leaves their apartment at 2am in nothing but her sable coat and a pair of fuzzy pink slippers –vanished. Mont elicits the help of his friends, Bea, and Peter. Bea discovers a lump on her throat and is advised by her psychic to leave the country. Mont's best friend and former roommate Peter of London, England tries to help. But his car takes a dive off the cliffs of Bear Mountain and crashes into the Hudson River. Was it an act of voodoo as the psychic pronounces? With nowhere else to turn, Mont files a missing person’s report with Detective, Draza Vicaru (which means "Werewolf" in Slovakian), Mont wakes to find a robbery has taken place. A painting Petula created is missing and a note is left behind which reads, "You killed my sister, now I'll murder you." The note, to Mont's horror, is written in blood in his own handwriting. Also disturbing, there is a dead sparrow in his top bureau drawer - witchcraft? Together, with the help of the psychic, a little time travel, and the New York City Police, Mont uncovers the dark secret about the disappearance of Petula Beaujolais-Clark. Discover Petula's twin sister, the realm of the vampire, and the mysterious deaths and disappearances in New York City's tony Art World. This novel is an urban, paranormal mystery. It's pages are rife with psychic, voodoo, vampires and vengeful characters that loom in the nightmarish village alleys of Manhattan. The police detective, Draza Vicaru (which means werewolf in Slovakian) doesn't believe Mont's story. Is she or Pet, or even the vampire the female protagonist villain? Only the reader can decide. A quick, interesting read, with characters you won't soon forget. Voted Best Scifi Mystery Novel of the year by local readers. If you're looking for a New York Times best seller, horror, paranormal romance, ebook, mystery, watch as this novel climbs the ranks. 


Montgomery and Petulia have a comfortable marriage. They very much love each other, but he is oblivious to Petulia’s discomfort of his family’s attitude toward her. When Petulia walks out during an argument, and never comes back, Mongomery is devastated. During his search for her, he discovers that time travel is possible, and that Petulia may not be who he thinks she is.

This book was confusing in nearly every aspect. I couldn’t tell if Petulia and Odette had switched places or not. Which one was really the vampire, and what did that have to do with the story? Even the bird and the time travel didn’t make sense or seem relevant. The story was just all over the place and didn’t have any kind of structure. It left me with more questions than answers. 

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