Imagine that if you touched an object that had been held during an emotional moment you could not just feel that emotion, but sometimes, depending on the degree of how powerful that emotion was—love, hate, contentment, jealousy, peace, anger, etc.—you actually relived the moment as if it were you. Confused? Well suppose there was a glass and when you touched the glass you suddenly saw yourself stirring a white powder into the lemonade that was now in the glass. And your thoughts were suddenly those of the person who had done that very thing at an earlier time—thoughts of murder.
Autumn Rain’s abilities to feel “imprints” have both tormented her and driven her. In the two previous books, Imprints and Shades of Gray she was able to use her abilities to help solve murders—to where she now consults with the police department. However, this time it’s complicated. The imprints are on props that a theater company has used for years. Reality is getting confused with acting.
Final Call by Rachel Ann Nunes is a book of conflicts. With one girl murdered and another missing, both in the same acting company, and within hours of each other, logic says the two would be connected. However, none of the suspects (that seem to multiply every hour) appear to have motive for both. She finds herself torn between protecting her family and helping a friend—hopefully in time to save a life. And then there is the personal confusion Autumn needs to sort out—whether she wants to be with the devastatingly good-looking man that is her best friend, or the police detective whose eyes unnerve her.
I enjoyed Final Call. It is fast paced and keeps the reader guessing, though I found myself wishing she’d just kiss the right guy already! I liked Autumn’s quirky preference to go barefoot. I worried about her choice of a black sweatshirt over cargo pants, but I reasoned that she must be adorable to have two men competing for her. Because it was intriguing, as were the characters, I read this book much quicker than usual.
Here’s the backliner from the book:
“Autumn Rain is accustomed to using her ability to read imprints to solve seemingly unsolvable cases. Yet when she goes searching for the sister of a friend, she is embroiled in the make-believe world of live theater, where it’s difficult to tell reality from playacting and where everyone appears to have something to hide.
“Autumn must team up again with Detective Shannon Martin to learn the truth about an eight-year-old mystery that involves a new murder and more missing actors. Working so closely with the compelling detective further complicates their uncertain relationship and tests her loyalty to her once-boyfriend Jake Ryan.
“When her sister, Tawnia, becomes involved in the case, Autumn finds herself in a deadly struggle to save them both from facing their own final call.”
Rachel Ann Nunes (pronounced Noon-esh) is the author of more than 30 published works, including the popular Ariana series and the award-winning picture book, Daughter of a King.
Rachel and her husband, TJ, have seven children. She loves camping with her family, traveling, meeting new people, and, of course, writing.
Okay, if you’re not reeling from the 30+ books, then reconsider that she was writing while mothering seven children! I’ll never meet her on the children tally, but I figure if she slows down her pace to one book per year and I increase mine to 3-5, I should match her total, well, sometime before I die (if I live a very long time). It’s doable. After all, we both like camping and meeting new people.