Reckoning Waves

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Continuing from where Panic River ends, Reckoning Waves begins with Corey Flanagan’s new life as an artist with a new name and a new location: California. However, he still keeps in touch with his best friend, Billy, and his mother. Eventually, Corey makes a new friend who later becomes a lover, Miguel. Though he wants the best for his new lover, Corey’s dark secrets haunt him and threaten to destroy his newfound happiness. Apparently, changing cities and identities is not enough to escape the repercussions of the crime he accidentally committed years ago. In addition to the need to convince the world of his good intentions, Corey must find a way to forgive himself and those who hurt him in the past to make the best of his new life. Fortunately, the support he receives from his mother, lover, friends, and a no-nonsense lawyer gives him a fighting chance.

Reckoning Waves brings Corey’s personality to life by portraying his pain, thoughts, wishes, and doubts in a way that made me feel like I knew him personally. I connected with his unfortunate past and his desire to make his turbulent relationship work. Elliott Foster perfects the art of creating an addictive narrative in Reckoning Waves by including just the right amount of suspense, camaraderie, romance, drama, and depth. Just when I thought everything was good, a troubling discovery or development would be introduced, keeping me trapped in the pages and desperate to see the issue resolved. The story is crafted carefully, and every seemingly insignificant event leads to a larger one that fits into the story effortlessly.

I noticed a significant change in my mood the moment I started reading Reckoning Waves. The upbeat conversations between Corey and his mother and the other friendly characters are filled with warmth and positive energy. Corey’s mother’s decision to support and believe in her son despite the compelling evidence stacked against him is exemplary and inspiring. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in Reckoning Waves as the tension-filled relationships between Corey and both his ex and present lover sizzled with a burning intensity.

Reckoning Waves takes readers through peak-level entertainment and engagement as it meanders through dramatic court battles, confrontational policemen, haunting dreams, passionate moments, and other greatly engrossing elements. Though I have not read the prequel, I enjoyed the story and understood the plot easily. I would definitely love to read the other books in the series as Reckoning Waves is a spectacular and tasteful work of art with different parts woven together in a way that leaves you salivating for more!

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Author Elliott Foster
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 318 pages
Publisher Calumet Editions
Publish Date 01-Mar-2022
ISBN 9781950743766 Buy this Book
Issue February 2022
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller