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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A fascinating thriller, Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter by A.L. Bryant features an unusually gifted protagonist, Glory. Set in 2021, the narrative follows Glory, who finds herself stabbed multiple times and left for dead. No one in St. Ann’s Hospital thought she could live through the night, but to their utter surprise, she healed quicker than anyone they’d ever seen. She suffered memory loss with no recollection of the attack that almost ended her life, but there is more to her than her ability to heal. While the hospital wants to use her case for research, Glory wants to know who she really is and how she developed such extraordinary powers. Little does she know that she is a piece in a chess game between two shadowy organizations. NYPD Detective Dennis Wilson gets involved when casualties ensue, resulting from the fray between the fight for control by the two organizations. He gets enmeshed in the case when his investigation leads to a painful tragedy and when he becomes the hunted, he turns to the least expected person for help.
A.L. Bryant has crafted a book for fans of thrillers. The narrative begins with a very intriguing premise, a woman gravely wounded and barely conscious of her situation, left in the gutter: “Her body lay half submerged in a puddle of murky liquid. She could not feel the cold water that soaked her clothes and hair, nor the ravenous assault of the alley rats; from where she lay under the fire escape, she could only see them reflected in the enormous piece of glass hanging from one rusty bar.” The author’s ability to capture images, emotions, and to create scenes that are focused caught my attention right from the start of the story. A.L. Bryant has a unique skill for character development and readers will be intrigued by Glory and her journey to self-discovery and awareness. Blessed: The Prodigal Daughter has the kind of delightful prose that makes a story enjoyable, the suspense is skillfully designed and the story so cunningly plotted it becomes irresistible.