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#54: The Secrets of Love and Death by E. Van Lowe & Sal Conte

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Theo "Turtle" Dawson is overweight, under-confident and unloved, that is until the arrival of Turtle's new classmate, feisty Rita Calderon. It's springtime in Foster City, and young love between the teenage couple begins to bloom, until...

...Turtle's best friend, big brother returns from the grave. At least that's what A.D. wants Turtle to believe. Is A.D. really back among the living, or is Turtle going loony-bin crazy? And if Turtle's loving brother has returned, why is he asking Turtle to do such murderous things? "The Secrets of Love and Death" is a ghostly tale of romance and horror, memories, and murder.


  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Publisher: White Whisker Books; First edition (July 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2015
  • ASIN: B010IFNF2Q

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Author Bios:
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screenwriter, Playwright and Producer who has written and produced such shows as The Cosby Show, Even Stevens, and Homeboys In Outer Space. He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. Van Lowe recently stepped into the young adult fiction genre with his comedic novel, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie. It was a selection of the Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an ALA Award. Boyfriend From Hell is Van Lowe’s second YA novel.
Sal Conte is the horror writing alter-ego of bestselling author, E. Van Lowe.

Other books I've reviewed by E. Van Lowe:
My review for book 1, Boyfriend From Hell
My review for book 2, Earth Angel
My review for book 3, Heaven Sent
My review for book 4, Falling

My review for The Zombie Always Knocks Twice
My review for Never Slow Dance With A Zombie
My review for I Want You Back

By Sal Conte 
My review for The Toothache Man
My review for Because We Told Her To

REVIEW:
How do I put how I feel into words?
This story took me through every emotion on the planet, so I'm at a slight loss of how to describe it.
I was frightened by the Teddy Bear. Think Stephen King's, It. Instead of a clown, we had a terrorizing teddy.
I was pissed at the kids for their gullibility. They really need to watch some horror movies and get a lesson, a very valuable lesson; Never go towards the danger! DUH! Plus I was a tad irked by no mention of police involvement surrounding A.D's death. In a normal world, an investigation would have happened.  That detail just seemed overlooked to me. It didn't ruin the story for me, but it took away from the realistic nature of the tale.
Still, I liked it.
I got choked up at the end. Everything came together and there was a 'kumbalya' moment also. Touching to say the least.
I know many of you will dig the mystery like I did. So get at it!

4/5


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