30 Miles An Hour

Young Adult - Thriller
179 Pages
Reviewed on 06/17/2024
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Author Biography

Brandy stumbled upon an unexpected passion in 2023, a discovery born from a deeply personal journey. It all began when she decided to pen her autobiography, a heartfelt endeavor meant to light the way for others navigating life's trials. Little did she know, this act of sharing her story would spark a newfound love for writing that would change her life.

As Brandy delved into her past, she found solace and exhilaration in weaving her narrative. The words flowed effortlessly, and she realized that within her lay an untapped reservoir of creativity. Her autobiography was more than just a memoir; it became a lifeline, connecting her with others and revealing a voice she never knew she had.

Brandy embarked on a new adventure: crafting a trilogy that transcended the ordinary. Embracing the supernatural, she poured her heart and soul into a series of paranormal tales, each one a tribute to the vital individuals who had supported her through life's tumultuous journey. Their names, lovingly embedded within the pages, served as her personal thank you, a silent acknowledgment of the strength they had given her.

Brandy extends an invitation to readers everywhere, welcoming them into the labyrinth of her imagination. Writing had discovered her as much as she had discovered it, and with an open heart, she hopes her words will inspire and uplift, just as the important people in her life had once done for her.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Lucinda’s trip through the rustic countryside in Brandy Rex's novel 30 Miles an Hour took an unexpected turn when she was involved in an accident. No one was around for miles, so Lucinda contacted the local law enforcement. While waiting for the authorities, Lucinda was attacked by people wearing masks and ran into the forest. She came across Henry and Makayla, who lived in a farmhouse that was intentionally disconnected from the modern world. With no way to contact the outside world, Lucinda and her guide set off through the forest, but she soon realized he had ulterior motives. After the tragic loss of their son, Henry and Makayla wanted to bring their beloved son back, and Lucinda stumbled upon the ritual. Lucinda was determined to save the innocent child, the key to this peculiar ritual.

I was intrigued by 30 Miles an Hour by Brandy Rex, and I was hooked from the start until the end. The story picked up speed toward the finish, having begun slowly with detailed descriptions of every scene. The events were sensory-engaging and descriptive when describing the forest and Lucinda's emotions. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could. I had to know what would happen next and was guessing until the end. The characters were well-developed and relatable. Lucinda was determined to survive the forest and return to her family. She was a resourceful person who turned ordinary items into tools and weapons. The writing of the story was excellent, much beyond my expectations. I enjoyed reading this book and am eager to start the next one in this three-part series.

Pikasho Deka

Brandy Rex's 30 Miles An Hour is a gripping thriller. Since her husband's passing, Lucinda has been working overnight shifts to provide a decent life for her young sons. On her way to work, however, she swerves to avoid hitting a deer and finds herself in a thick, dark forest. Suddenly, three hooded figures force Lucinda to run for her life, leading her to a mysterious farmhouse. She meets Henry and Makayla Evergreen, who assure her that Henry's brother will take her to safety. However, Lucinda soon discovers the Evergreens are planning to sacrifice a little girl named Grace to bring their deceased son, Lewis, back to life. With the help of Grace's nanny, Martha, and Lewis' spirit, Lucinda must help save Grace's life and set other trapped souls free from the clutches of the Evergreens.

Soaked in suspense, mystery, and a hint of the paranormal, 30 Miles An Hour is a riveting survival drama/thriller novel that keeps you engaged through until the end. Author Brandy Rex keeps the plot moving in high gear from start to finish, weaving in twists and turns that never let you take your eyes off the pages. The narrative fills you with a sense of tension and intrigue, with multiple hair-raising moments that keep you anxious and wondering, trying to guess what's coming next. Lucinda is a fantastic protagonist that readers can sympathize with. Rex also infuses an element of horror into the story to make the novel all the more captivating. The last chapter definitely took me by surprise, and I can honestly say that I did not see it coming. Overall, a treat for thriller readers!

Angelique Papayannopoulos

Brandy Rex's 30 Miles An Hour is book one in a trilogy. The story follows Lucinda, who is involved in a freak car accident when she collides with a deer. While waiting for help to arrive, a disorientated Lucinda is drawn into the depths of a nearby forest. As masked figures follow her, she falls into a network of underground tunnels. She encounters an ominous couple,  Henry and MaKayla Evergreen. Her fears are confirmed when she stumbles across a ritual performed by the Evergreens that sacrifices an innocent young girl named Grace in an attempt to resurrect their deceased son, Lewis. Lucinda meets Martha, Grace’s kidnapped nanny. Awakened by her maternal instincts, Lucinda feels compelled to rescue the girl and embarks on a quest with Martha and Lewis to save Grace and free the shadowy spirits trapped within the tunnels.

Brandy Rex's 30 Miles An Hour is a paranormal, yet touching thriller. Brandy explores the strong desire of a mother to return to her family at any price. Her maternal instincts are further demonstrated by saving two young children from grave danger. While empathizing with this mother's rescue mission, the reader also feels the Evergreens' heartache for resorting to such desperate measures. Although the supernatural characters are less well-developed, Lucinda's character and the antagonists are compelling. An easy, straightforward narrative, the plot is mystical and can be read in one sitting. This book is filled with suspense and curiosity about the progress of the events, as well as a cliffhanger ending. Throughout the book, the themes of motherhood and survival are prevalent. Paranormal enthusiasts and readers keen on suspense will find this book entertaining.