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A daughter striving to get to the murderers of her lawyer father who was killed 2 years ago was the theme of this book. A flash mob was used to kill him, anonymity of 50 to 100 teens crowding a man in public place and hitting him to death. A scary thought.

A close brush with death when she witnessed the next murder brought Lia into the cross sights of the group, the Swarm. Teaming up with a hacker, a reporter and a stranger, Lia worked hard to uncover the evil puppeteer who used mobs as the killing weapon.

My first book by Kimberly Gabriel, and it was a fast read. Lia was a different main character suffering from Asthma and PTSD, frail in health but strong in determination. The title aptly reflected the byplay with her frequent asthma attacks. Nothing came in her way to avenge her father’s death, her slow and steady and sometimes fearful steps in that direction endeared me to her.

The plot was quite twisted, and everyone suspect. The story read fast and I found myself getting sunk into the whirlpool of the murder mystery. The entire plot concept was suspenseful and quite scary, when I thought about it. The action kept increasing as the pages turned.

My niggles too turned up, a few lines at places felt inane.

This was completely a Lia driven story which kept me going right from the first page to the last. At the core of it, this was a murder mystery. And I love them.

On a lighter note, the dialogue goes thus as said by the main character

“You don’t look like a Ryan”

That got me thinking

Do I look like a Shalini? I am calling it. Shalini is beautiful and sweet… All Shalini’s are…

So I do look like a Shalini from the inside, way way inside. 😂😂🤣🤣

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Kimberly Gabriel is an English teacher who writes every chance she gets and struggles with laundry avoidance issues. When she’s not teaching or writing, she’s enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.

Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.

After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.

Publication Date: November 2019


16 Responses

  1. Haha. Shalini is beautiful and sweet, as are you, both inside and out! A pretty name for a pretty lady with a huge heart. You are awesome and don’t let anyone or anything make you believe otherwise! 🙂
    And a great review, too! 🙂 Sounds like an interesting book. Huge crowds and scary mobs always give me the shivers. The Swarm sounds so creepy…

    1. Haha I like your description better. But you are all heart hence you see the world in the sane manner. It is not you, but all you who is beautiful and sweet

  2. I have never known a Shalini before so I will expect all other Shalini’s to measure up to your awesomesauce!

  3. HAHAHAHHAHAA omg this review got me LOL You know, I have came across people who ‘speak’ like that. You don’t look like a ‘so and so’ more like a ‘so and so’ and I’ll be like HUH???? Love your review, my friend!

  4. Great review, Shalini, and yes, you are definitely the quintessential Shalini, beautiful way, way inside. Now that I’ve connected with several others, I measure them by you. You have set the Shalini standard. Thank you.

    1. Omg omg omg…. I have had such a bad day today GIN. Your words are making my happy tears fall. Thank you. Thank you and thank you
      I always you are a biggest sweet heart in the blogging world. Thank you for being there always 😘❤️

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