What's Past is Prologue

Fiction - Suspense
258 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2022
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Author Biography

Susan Lynn Solomon is the author short stories that have appeared in numerous literary journals. These include, Abigail Bender (awarded an Honorable Mention in a Writers Journal short romance competition), Ginger Man, Elvira, The Memory Tree, Going Home, Yesterday’s Wings, Smoker’s Lament, Kaddish, and Sabbath (nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net). A collection of her short stories, Voices in My Head, has been released by Solstice Publishing.

Ms. Solomon is also the author of the Emlyn Goode Mysteries. A finalist in Chanticleer International Book Award’s Mystery & Mayhem Novel category, and a finalist for the 2016 Book Excellence Award, her first Emlyn Goode novel, The Magic of Murder, has received rave reviews, as have the novelettes, Bella Vita, The Day the Music Died, A Shot in the Woods, and ’Twas the Season. The second Emlyn Goode novel, Dead Again, was a finalist for both the 2017 McGrath House Indie Book of the Year and the 2018 Book Excellent Award. Writing is Murder, the third Emlyn Goode novel was awarded a First Place in the 2019 Chanticleer International Book Award Mystery & Mayhem category.

Stepping aside from mysteries, Ms. Solomon’s novel, Abigail’s Window, has been awarded a gold medal as a finalist in the Readers Favorite novel competition and the Chanticleer International Book Award gave it the Grand Prize as the best paranormal romance of 2019.

Her latest books are What’s Past is Prologue, Raising Kane and the recently published Shooting Parr, a new Emlyn Goode Mystery.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Phumeza Ndzambo for Readers' Favorite

Susan Lynn Solomon’s What’s Past is Prologue follows the life of thirty-year-old Jessica Menotti. Jessica is a junior prosecutor who leaves her hometown of Syosset in Nassau County in pursuit of greener pastures and with the hope of a fresh start. From as far back as she can remember Jessica’s sleep has been haunted by the same dream in different forms. Even in this, her new faraway home, the dream continues to invade her sleep. Barely three months after arriving in Niagara Falls, she finds herself in the middle of what could be the biggest case of her career. It’s not her skills as a law practitioner that are being tested, however, but the core of her identity. Could the clues lie in her dreams? It seems with every step Jessica takes forward, her dreams are transporting her back a thousand more to a past she never knew.

From the title, What’s Past is Prologue, the book sets the reader up for an exciting journey. Nothing but the story itself can prepare one for the twists and turns of this imaginative read. Susan Lynn Solomon skillfully weaves our existential what-ifs into a beautiful love story that cuts through space and time. The story is fast-paced, almost like watching every scene unfold on screen. There is a continued sense of urgency that propels one to keep reading. I enjoyed the way Solomon shows her characters rather than telling us about them. She has a way of making you see the character for yourself without relying too much on descriptions. The book uses crime and romance to explore reincarnation. It will leave you questioning your dreams and looking for clues in every connection you make.