#BookReview #Twofer – Amy Blake’s Whitewashed & Colorblind

If there’s an upside to having a sick child and spending an evening on the couch on “trashcan watch”, it’s having a good book (or two) to use as a distraction. I was definitely lucky last night to have recently downloaded author Amy C. Blake’s Whitewashed and Colorblind to my Kindle.

When I began reading Whitewashed, I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t a shift to a narrator that seemed deliciously malicious (and the use of the pronoun “we”–one evil person lurking in the shadows or two?). I positively raced through Whitewashed, several times accidentally turning the pages too fast on my Kindle and having to go back a page or two.

Whitewashed follows Patience (who, unlike her name, is a bit impatient), a nascent college student willing to give up a potential full ride to a prestigious school and instead attend the small institution Verity in her grandparents’ hometown of Hades, where her grandfather was once a professor.

Patience isn’t long at Verity before things start happening, and we realize that there’s something quite sinister lurking just beneath the surface (both literally and figuratively).

There’s an interesting cast of characters, and Blake does a good job weaving her tale. I was equally dismayed and pleased that she’d tricked me when I reached the end; I hadn’t fully guessed the twist as I thought I had.

What’s also pleasant about Whitewashed is that it’s clean fiction; this is a book that you can leave lying about and not feel guilty if your child wanders along behind you and picks up your copy (unlike many other mystery and suspense tales).

I finished Whitewashed around 11:00, and while I had to go on to sleep, I went ahead and downloaded Colorblind to start as soon as I woke up.

I had expected Colorblind to continue Patience’s story, and in a manner of speaking, it did–just not in the way I expected. In the beginning of Whitewashed, Patience mentions her two good friends (and refers to them periodically throughout the novel). Colorblind follows Christy Kane, one of Patience’s best friends.

Colorblind begins with the protagonist being blindsided by news that sends her perfect world crashing down around her ears: therk aher that she loved, trusted, and planned to work alongside has been accused of adultery with another church employee. The media is circling, and Christy barely has time to gather her thoughts before cameras are shoved into her face.

To give Christy a chance to escape from the paparazzi and (hopefully) still complete her summer internship, Christy’s mother negotiates a position at Christy’s Aunt Jo’s music and dance school. There’s just one tiny problem: the school is on the shores of a massive lake, and Christy is beyond terrified of water.

Colorblind is written in a similar fashion to Whitewashed, with the narration shifting between our fair heroine and the person or persons unknown who are intent upon destroying the Pier Ball Room and everyone associated with it.

Both Whitewashed and Colorblind were excellent reads; I look forward to the next novel, telling the third friend’s story.

Have you read a good novel lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations. Connect with me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/MickiSClark) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMickiSClark).

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