Book Review: Only The Rain

Title: Only The Rain
Author: Randall Silvis
Genre: Thriller-Suspense
Release Date: January 1, 2018
Pages: 186
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible (affiliate link)

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“That’s what they really did to us, Spence. Every single one of us. Every war they’ve ever made us fight. They start by shaving our heads, but it’s our souls they destroy.”

If you’re looking for a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat, you need to check out Only The Rain by Randall Silvis. I couldn’t put this book down! It is a quick read, but very well written, action-packed, and heart-pounding suspenseful.

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I also really enjoyed the realism that was worked into this book. The main character, Russell, is likable, a hard worker and family man, but flawed in a very honest and down-to-earth way. His actions (and reactions to the subsequent consequences) are all realistic and believable. It almost feels like reading a true story.

“What makes us act like such animals sometimes, Spence? I don’t want to be an animal. I want to be a man. I want to be a good husband and father and somebody who doesn’t flinch when he looks at himself in the mirror.”

The writing style used in Only The Rain is very unique. The entire book is written from Russell’s point of view – not as a typical narrative with chapters and obvious stopping points, but instead as a series of emails to his old war buddy. It is essentially one long stream of consciousness; he only stops an email when he gets interrupted while writing it, and then he picks right back up where he was at the start of the next email. Reading this book was almost like listening to a friend tell a story. I haven’t seen this tactic used before, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. It makes it really easy to get caught up in the storytelling and finish the book in one sitting like I did.

I chose Only The Rain as my Kindle First choice for December and I’m glad I did. I would definitely recommend this book. I’m giving it a 4/5 score.

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