A Study In Terminal (book review)

I have never done a book review before on here, so what better way to start than with a book my own cousin has published?!?! Congrats to Kara Linaburg!

I had the privilege of reading the book a few months ago for my review, but now that it’s out, the rest of you can read it, too. 🙂

So, let’s dive right in.

First, here’s the synopsis:

“The hardest goodbyes are the ones we never got to say… Sean Brogan has spent most of his life running from a past he can never escape and the scars he carries are ones no one can see. He plans to slip into the sleepy town of Lake Fort, West Virginia as quietly as he did ten years before, but his life has never gone as planned. 
As Sean spends time in town, he has no choice but to face the pain that he buried from a life cut off too soon.
An anthem for those of us who have been left behind, “A Study in Terminal” is a vulnerable story about the human condition that reminds us that to beat your past, you first must learn to turn around and face it.”

The following section is not meant to be a spoiler, simply a guide for those who might struggle with heavy subject matter.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF: The book has a heavy subject matter as suicide and thoughts thereof play a major role. Sean, our star, does drink and smoke, something he probably started doing in his days with a gang. There is mention of a woman being raped (very brief).

The author in no way is writing to encourage or gloss over these things. I believe her intent was to show the brokenness of the human condition, something she poured her heart into and portrayed well through these characters.

I believe that A Study in Terminal can be a powerful, relatable story to those who struggle with their pasts and wrestle with the things that have been done to them. For readers looking for a light, fluffy, romance novel, well, this book probably isn’t for you. 🙂 It is definitely a heavy story, and Kara doesn’t gloss over the hard stuff. She makes it real, but real often means messy, and she portrays it in a way that many can relate to.

We all need stories where we can relate to the main characters, and Kara gets deep inside Sean’s head in a way that we begin to understand him and sympathize with him. Maybe we even can see ourselves in him.

Kara Linaburg wrote to understand, someone who feels the pain with you, and someone who doesn’t make light of what we go through. If that is something you are looking for, then I highly recommend reading A Study in Terminal.

(If you wish to purchase the book, you can find it directly on Amazon by clicking the link here). Don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews support authors and help get the word out there. 🙂

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