4 Star Review for Maladaptation by Adan Ramie #FF #Thriller @AdanRamie


Title: Maladaptation (Deviant Behaviors #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Adan Ramie (Atypical Deviance Press)
Publication Date & Length: October 18, 2015 – 157 pgs


Malena “Lee” Barsten is stuck. Raised in foster care and group homes, she’s seen more than her fair share of abuse, and dealt out almost as much in retribution. But when her best friend makes an enemy of a sadistic drug dealer, she has no choice but to run before he kills again.

In the same city, Ruby Isles might as well be living in another world. Money is abundant, but the abuse is just as plentiful. Her plan to leave her husband is dashed when she crosses paths with Lee, and she is thrown into a world filled with more violence, and more love, than she has ever known.

Detective Harrison “Harry” Thresher picks up the scent when an exotic dancer is violently murdered, and fingerprints link the wife of a prominent businessman to the crime scene. Against orders, she follows the case down a dark and twisted path littered with bodies. Will she be able to save the lives of the two people who escaped the drug dealer’s wrath with her career intact?

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An extremely well named novel. I found it very edgy and at times very bleak. The characters were living on the edge of society both inside and outside the law. The whole feel of the book left me feeling I was looking in at a dark murky underworld where normal mores and values were made to be broken.
This book was unique in that it didn’t rely on or elucidate on the lesbian relationship between the women but rather concentrated on each of the individuals characters. I found this very refreshing and it added great depth to this book.
It was a well written relying on great descriptions, dark atmospherics and wonderfully portrayed personalities, some strong, others confused but all with their own demons to fight. The ending had its own twist and left me hoping that a sequel might follow.
This book is not my usual genre but it is certainly one I am glad I have read and one I would certainly recommend. The only reason I did not give five stars was purely personally, it was not a book I enjoyed but it was definitely a book I admired and appreciated, and if there was a sequel I would certainly buy it.


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Adan Ramie is a fiction author who lives in a small town in southeast Texas with her amazing, supportive wife and delightfully rambunctious children.

She has been published in Beyond the Nightlight, Faed, and Strange Portals, as well asSkin to Skin, Liberty Island Magazine, This Dark Matter, and Paper Tape Magazine, among others.

Her short stories, Crumbling and Lines Blur, are now available as independent downloads. Her anthologies, Darkness Undone and Consuming Darkness are collections of dark speculative fiction short stories that can be purchased at most major online e-book retailers.

Her first novel, Maladaptation is available now, and her second novel, Cluster B, is now available for pre-order and will be released in 2016.

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One Response to 4 Star Review for Maladaptation by Adan Ramie #FF #Thriller @AdanRamie

  1. Thanks for the review, Chris! I’m glad that you liked Maladaptation, and appreciate you spreading the word.

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