The New Bad Thing
I really enjoyed reading The New Bad Thing by Michael Ebner. An intense, thriller novel, the story follows Teagan Penn, a top celebrity interviewer and entertainment journalist. Given Teagan’s affability and authenticity, she is renowned for the way she can gain the trust of notable figures to confide in her with their stories. Well-respected within her community and America, Teagan allegedly has a happy, successful life. Under the surface, however, Teagan is far from fulfilled.
Desperately wanting a baby, she and her husband Todd have been trying to conceive for what feels like forever. Feeling hopeless for their many failed attempts, Teagan is depressed and distraught that motherhood may not be an option for her. Not to mention, the state of America is in chaos over the horrendous terrorist group, K.I.L. Otherwise known as “Kings in Life,” this group has become the strongest and wealthiest terrorist organization in the world, causing massacres without any reason. Supporters have no connection to any particular faith or geographical region; they are just angered with society and therefore reign in terror.
As a journalist, Teagan sees up close the absolute devastation this group causes and fiercely wants to help protect the women and children who have been kidnapped, raped, starved, and tortured by K.I.L. So, in need of a distraction from her fertility issues, Teagan throws herself into the noteworthy cause of fighting terrorism. With much thought, effort, and millions of dollars, Teagan constructs a plan that maybe, just maybe, could work to save lives. The New Bad Thing unravels this plan as Teagan fights for the lives of those around the country, as well as her own.
As stated prior, I really enjoyed reading this thriller novel. A book that definitely keeps you attentive, Ebner did an excellent job with the complicated, entertaining plot. I especially appreciated how he was able to bring each character to life. I very quickly felt sympathetic to Teagan and was emotionally invested in her success from the first few pages. Similarly, I felt for Todd’s pains and struggles, as well as other various characters. A distinguishing trait of a great novel, Ebner did a fantastic job with character development and overall mood.
All in all, I would recommend The New Bad Thing to readers who enjoy mystery, crime, thrillers, and espionage-type novels aged over eighteen. An ending you will not see coming, prepare to be kept on your toes!
|Page Count||270 pages|
|Publisher||Pen and Picture|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime, Thriller|