Fiction - Thriller - General
402 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2020
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Author Biography

I am a wife, mother, and now author living in a small Ohio town. I am currently finishing up the sequel to Rise, due out later this year! I enjoy writing, reading, and movies. Bring on the horror and thrillers! I would be happy with Halloween all year long!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Rise by Leslie McCauley is a psychological suspense thriller about a woman named Antoinette, who has to battle external and internal forces in order to rebuild her life following a brutal attack. As a new photographer for a newspaper, she is on her way up in life. She thought she was strong, but life has a way of knocking the breath out of you. This is her story of determination and resilience. Nettie is what they call her, and yes, she does have her weak moments, as anyone would enduring the trauma and loss as she does, but she digs deep to find some strength and light. I enjoyed the character of her best friend, Jessie, who won't let Nettie give up, and isn't that what best friends do? Your closest friends will tell you the truth and help you get back up when you fall. Jessie is such a true friend that she is willing to take whatever negativity Nettie gives her in order for Nettie to get her second wind.

The book has a very strong beginning, and McCauley has a great way of building a plot you want to pursue until the conclusion, and characters you care about and root for. There are unexpected plot twists too, and that's always nice. It's fun to be surprised by a good book. When you hear about some tragedies, you wonder how anyone could survive. Well, Antoinette shows you how. I like how the author brings out small details which add to the setting and atmosphere, like hearing the rain, or describing how Nettie is feeling in a certain moment. Even though the story had a satisfactory ending, I'd like to read more about Nettie, this well-drawn character. If you like dark themes with some light at the end of the tunnel, you'll love the award-winning Rise by Leslie McCauley.

Geri Patterson

I’ve read this book three times so far. It’s a great story, full of plot twists and great characters. So many of the books I read, I have to skip over pages due to the author droning on. Not in this book. Every page is interesting and important to the story. I truly can’t wait for the next installment!


Such a great book! Suspenseful, surprising and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Love these characters and hope I get to read more by this author soon!

Laura B. Shantery

Not much of a reader but couldn’t put the book down! Says a lot about the author keeping each page wanting you to turn to the next one. Hope there are more books to come...