We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.
A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.
Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.
Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.
Go Home, Afton was an interesting book/novella, it’s fast-paced and easy to read. I don’t normally read Thrillers, but I am lately trying to read books out of my comfort zone and I am glad I made that choice with this book! It was a short read and it only took me a couple of hours to finish and it left me wishing to read more.
What I Like:
Afton, the MC of this story, is an intriguing character that is very well written. I loved how she was introduced and I enjoyed reading her development in the first part of this serial thriller. She has a dark past that it is still not very well known in this book, but it does open up to an explanation of the way she acts and her “impulses that demand she commit murder”. Also, Afton carries with her an “animus” that it is described something along the lines of an invisible partner/subconscious that talks to her and encourages her thoughts (I hope I am describing it well). I thought that was unique and I didn’t even know such a thing existed.
I was pleasantly surprised that the story had bits of humor, despite the somber theme of the book. There weren’t so many, but they did lighten up the mood. I also found funny how Afton has violent thoughts, but enjoys watching romantic comedies (which she is ashamed to admit) and has a pet fish which she cares about.
Another thing that I want to point out is that in this book it talks about difficult subjects such as sexual predators and rape. There is a specific character that suffers through that and she feels ashamed of what happens to her and denominates herself as a victim. Afton steps up and tells her she is not a victim, she is a SURVIVOR. I thought that was a very powerful message and that it gave strength to the character.
What Didn’t Do It For Me:
However, one of the things that didn’t sit that well with me was the fact that Afton, knowing well how dangerous she truly is for innocent people, would still put them in harm’s way with her presence, particularly children by working as their librarian. You’d think she’d be more conscious about that fact.
Also, Afton would sometimes speak ill of women (very judgmental) often due to believing herself superior. Even one of the characters points that out, so hopefully we’ll see this as character growth in future installments.
Go Home, Afton is a captivating fast-paced Thriller with a cliffhanger ending. I am definitely interested to keep following Afton’s story because I’m curious to see where it all leads. She’s an intriguing character for sure.
Happy reading! — The Chef