Brave, by Alp Mortal, was the first book I read by this author, and what a great start it was! I think this type of book is one of my absolute favorite kind of books, with a lovely love story mixed in with a great suspense story.
What I like most about it, is the fact that it starts out really calm and sweet, well besides the fact that one of the main characters, who later will chose his name to be Archie, is hit by a car that belongs to a wealthy and kind man named Joseph. It starts out that way but Alp Mortal has this fantastic way of slowly building up and sneaking in suspicion in you, the readers, mind without you really knowing it or being able to pinpoint it but when shit hit’s the fan you’re like, I knew it!
Archie is at the time he gets hit by Joseph’s car, homeless and living on the street, and has done so since he was a young child. His time on the streets has been so long and lonely, that he’s forgotten his own name. In Joseph’s care he’s taken care of by Joseph himself and his chauffeur and butler, Jacob, who both becomes his close friends. In the midst of this enter Anthony, who is a teacher who is there to teach Archie about the world, to read and understand the world around him; and foremost enter Nathan.
Nathan is there to help Archie to care for him, help him with his physical therapy and make sure that he heals. Between taking care of Archie, and Archie learning about the world from Anthony as well as choosing his own name with Joseph’s help, Nathan and Archie slowly starts to fall in love. Just as Archie and Nathan has fallen in love, and is exploring this love, odd things starts to happen, things you can pinpoint exactly what they are and one night Jacob comes to their room only to tell them that they are going to have to leave very hastily and never look back, them and him, which they all do.
The second half of this book, is a mix of heart beating suspense and heart beating love, and the beginning of a new family. As a reader you are torn between worrying about what will happen, will they find each other again, will the evil in men who Archie and Nathan thought were their friends find them, who is a foe and who is a friend. The suspense is dragged out to the very end and the ending is top notch. It keeps you wanting more but Alp Mortal still manages to wrap you up in a nice warm blanket.
Alp Mortal has a excellent skill of telling a story, he seduces you with easy words, well thought out characters and plot, which all helps keeping you on your toes. Do not miss this book and the journey of young love trying to conquer evil in it’s truest form, human greed.
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