A Hollow Sky
A SUSPENSEFUL, ATMOSPHERIC THRILLER.
Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.
The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.
When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.
Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.
A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollow-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07H9DTFM8
US – https://www.amazon.com/Hollow-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B07H9DTFM8
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I have been highly anticipating A Hollow Sky, the second book in the Alex Ripley series ever since I read The Cuckoo Wood. M. Sean Coleman has proven once again that he is a master at his craft. I had high hopes that this would be another five star read and I am thrilled to say I LOVED this book just as much as the first one. A Hollow Sky is another brilliant book in the Alex Ripley Series. I am completely and utterly hooked!
Ian Hewitt, whom we met briefly in The Cuckoo Wood, is convinced his wife’s death is the cause of a faith healer his wife was desperate to see. Ian’s wife, Jane, had cancer and had only been given a few months left to live. Although Ian is not the religious sort, he would do anything to please his wife even bringing her to Megan, a teenager girl in a coma believed to be able to heal in the name of God. Only Jane was not healed and the next day she died. Ian is convinced Megan is a fraud and will stop at nothing to out them to the world. But, when Ian is accused of breaking and entering into Megan’s home and tampering with her life support and later arrested, Ian calls the only person he knows who will be able to help – Dr. Alex Ripley. It is now up to Alex to figure out the truth while surrounded all around by danger.
A Hollow Sky takes place a week after the events of The Cuckoo Wood. Although the previous book is mentioned in this story, you can still read A Hollow Sky as a standalone. There are references pertaining to the first book, but not enough that it would ruin the first in the series for you. I highly suggest starting out fresh though because this series is absolutely amazing!
Alex Ripley is a Doctor of Theology and has written books that often debunk religious phenomenons such as faith healers. So, when she hears Megan’s story, Alex wants to get to the bottom of it and find out the truth. I find Alex to be a really strong female protagonist and once again I would like to acknowledge that Alex by far one of my favorite female leads in a book. She is smart and relies on science, but yet she still does hold out hope that there are some mysteries that cannot be explained. We also get the chance to delve a little deeper into her back story and that of her missing husband, John. New information has come up, but will it be good news or bad?
I love how Coleman centers his stories around religion especially with the naming of the towns. This time it is Holy Island, a small community in Wales. This is another small community steeped in religious history and lore. This is a community that rallies around Megan and her healing. It was definitely very interesting to see how important Megan was to their small community and it made for a very interesting story.
I must say I have a very hard time believing in faith healers and in my personal opinion they are all a charade to gaining wealth and power. Would I hope that it could be true? Yes. My mother and grandmother are adamant about the power of faith healing. Being of an Italian background they would pray to Padre Pio and believed in their hearts that he was a faith healer and that a family member with cancer was cured after being blessed by him. I don’t know, sometimes I think the power of believing far outweighs the power of healing. I love how A Hollow Sky really touches on this as Padre Pio has been a big part of my family’s life for decades. It really makes you stop and think if there is a slight possibility that there is such a thing as a true faith healer.
Once again I am totally blown away! The story had my attention right from the first page. Coleman weaves an incredible story that plays on people’s fears and hopes in a realistic and thought provoking way. I highly recommend this series to all mystery fans and fans of the unexplained.
Author Bio – Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.
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