"Trust is betrayed and an obsession is formed."
Reviewed by Shellie Surles
Posted June 8, 2014
Suspense | Mystery
13:24 is the story of a young boy, a rock star, and a police
officer investigating a series of vicious murders. 13:24
starts as the young boy Chris has just murdered his mother
and her fiancé. In the beginning you can't understand why
this fourteen year old has committed such a violent and
vicious crim. Initially you are lead to believe it is his
obsession with the rock band Rehoboam, that lead him to
commit these murders.
You are then introduced to the Rock Star, the lead singer
of Rehoboam Josh. As you are introduced to Josh you learn
more and more about his shocking past. As you learn about
Josh you also learn about Chris and their past. This helps
you to realize where the obsession of Josh by Chris came
from. They have both suffered unimaginable abuse at the
hands of the men they trusted in their lives. As Detective
William Hursel begins and gets more and more involved in
the investigation he begins to find evidence of crimes much
worse than the murders that Chris has committed.
Detective Hursel is now in a race to find Chris before more
people are killed and stop an international ring of child
abusers and child pornography distributors. 13:24 is an
intense story about the lives of abused children and how it
never stops impacting them or the people that love them.
From the beginning of 13:24 you are grabbed and drawn into
the story and it doesn't let go till the end. Some of the
revelations of abuse are violent, and difficult to read.
But just because they are hard to read doesn't mean they
aren't happening to children all over the world. This is a
form of abuse I had no idea even existed and I am glad to
be now informed of. M. Dolon Hickmon gives you ways to do
further research on his website if you are interested after
finishing the book. The story is well written and the
characters are strong. I highly recommend this book and
hope by reading it someone, out there can help save even
Learn more about 13:24
A FORENSIC THRILLER WITH A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS TWIST
A teenager named Chris knocks on the door of his mother’s
ex-boyfriend—then shoots the man dead in premeditated
fashion. Hours later, an officer responding to a loud music
complaint discovers a second body surrounded by a gruesome
scene. With few clues to explain ‘why’, blame for the crimes
settles on Chris’s obsession with the dark and violent
heavy-metal band, Rehoboam. Reporters broadcast this
speculation under sensational headlines, but detective
William Hursel is convinced there is a deeper motive.
Trailing Chris, William uncovers an underworld where human
traffickers ply the wealthy with unseemly indulgences.
Meanwhile, Rehoboam’s lead singer, Josh, thinks he may
finally be ready to take the next step in his relationship
with the band’s fiery female drummer. But when news of
Chris’s crime spree triggers flashbacks of a harsh,
fundamentalist upbringing, Josh finds his career and his
romance unexpectedly interrupted. Linked to the widening
criminal investigation by his cryptic responses to Chris’s
fan club letters, Josh must eventually choose between
clearing his name and keeping the secrets of his past.
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