Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk” to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! My TT posts will not come from current ARCs or new releases. Means I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out.
This week I am highlighting another terrific Amazon #1 bestselling author, Oak Anderson. Mr. Anderson came up with a unique premise; at least it certainly was to me back in 2014 when I read Take One With You. He has since released About Face: TOWY Episode #1 (Take One With You), a short story, May 1, 2015.
Originally posted July 29, 2014
Book Blurb: “Charlie and Sarah, two disaffected teens dealing with depression, meet in an online chatroom and soon hatch a plan to bring meaning to their lives by encouraging other despondent individuals to help eradicate the “scum of society”, such as pedophiles and rapists who have escaped justice. Anyone determined to commit suicide is urged to first kill someone who “got away with it” before taking their own life. Why not, they ask, “take one with you?”…. “Take One With You is a unique crime thriller/millennial love story that poses the question: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you kill someone tonight? Someone who had done something terrible. Someone who deserved to die. If so, who would it be? If you wouldn’t go that far, what about your neighbor? Your friend? Your enemy? Who draws the line? Who decides who lives and who dies? And what if we all began to take justice into our own hands?”
I gave this one a five star rating for the premise; the concept being a new one, I believe, and the realistic view of what happens to a cancerous idea gone viral.
“Take One With You” is the brainchild website of Charlie and Sarah, two desperately unhappy teenagers who, though polar opposites, come from despairing, unhappy home situations.
While both of these two were motivated by the thought of suicide, there is the additional alternative of terminal persons also electing to take out a pedophile, murderer, or other major felon who might otherwise have escaped justice and have gotten away with their crime.
Oak fills us in on the personal torment of both the teenagers and the circle of their friends including Thane and Anita. The wide variety of characters present the teenagers, the detectives, and include the criminal element–the targets. But coming to know the targets as we do, it is hard to generate any sympathy for them. The reader is privy to their individual POV, their thoughts and motivations.
It is a plot driven book with a murder-suicide theme in which the teenage creators of the website quickly discover can spiral out of their control. The idea goes viral and as it does, they realize their original concept is now taking on a life of it’s own, depending on who is performing the interpretation. The protagonist block becomes a gray area; no longer naive or innocent teens.
Oak treats us to the progression of the website as well as newspaper accounts and court data. How can this end well given the circumstances?
Not a usual read for me as there were a lot of profane passages I suppose in keeping with both the criminal element as well as the hardened, wisened cop, and the subject matter depressive and explosive, but the story moves well and becomes very believable–maybe a little too much so–it’s scary.
Still, it’s a fast, interesting read and recommended for those thriller fans out there and anyone else looking for something new.
About the Author: “Oak Anderson is an author and artist. His imagination has taken him to places he couldn’t help but note down, eventually crafting his ideas into a thought provoking story, Take One With You.” Oak Anderson is active on Goodreads, moderating the group, “Book Trailers” and has an exciting trailer for this book here. (I’ve written regarding the subject of book trailers here.) He also has an art shop through Etsy.
More Throwback Thursday Blogs
Renee at Its Book Talk
Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe
Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
Lynn at Fictionophile
Sam at Clues and Reviews
Holly B at Dressedtoread
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