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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
In Vulture Bend, Don Stansberry combines the paranormal with the finest elements of a good thriller to offer readers great entertainment. Finn has a special gift, one that is in itself a burden, a curse: he has the innate ability to read the thoughts of other people and to sense their emotions. This gift lurks behind the deadly pallor of his countenance, the effect of sensing and feeling the unhealthy, dirty thoughts in other people for many years. But things are about to change when he meets Annie, a beautiful woman who seems to care about nothing but her teaching job; a woman for which Finn quickly develops a strong attraction. When an elusive serial killer, Charlie — a ruthless killer who has eluded the police for five decades — targets Annie, Finn senses it. Now, he must do everything to keep her safe.
If you love well-crafted stories with compelling characters and a gripping plot, then Vulture Bend is the story for you. The characters are well-developed and readers will enjoy the pathos around Finn. I loved the fact that he comes across as one of the neglected members of his society, one with a heavy burden which everyone seems to ignore. I enjoyed the way he grows in the story, making a swift passage from his self-imposed solitude into someone capable of walking past his fears into a relationship. Don Stansberry has a great writing style, featuring short paragraphs that are crafted for dramatic effect, great dialogues, and wonderful passages. Here is a story that will entertain readers immensely, thanks to the well-written plot, the exciting conflict, and the compelling cast of characters. It is emotionally intense and absorbing.