Book Review: Whammy by Ted Akin

The trouble with small towns is that nothing of note ever happens. That has pretty much been the status quo for quite some time in Lily Grove, Texas, where the only two things keeping the town moving are farming and the oil field. But when an accidental death shakes up the oil patch, Klive Anderson tries to balance keeping some form of normalcy in his day-to-day life, while also trying to uncover exactly what the hell happened. You know, just in case the same thing could happen to him. Meanwhile, Stacey Karlisle has her own issues to worry about. Being the neighborhood entrepreneur keeps the day moving, but after a while, going through the motions starts to wear one down.

Whammy follows the two as they both try to navigate the rare ripple in their little pond in their own very different ways. Part mystery, part comic book adventure, take a drive out to the country and find out how to handle yourself when exciting things happen in your normally sleepy little hometown.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Whammy is quite unique. It was a slow start, and I could have done without all of the history of the town, especially since it wasn’t important to the story. Once I got through that, though, I enjoyed it.

The relationship between Klive and Stacey is an interesting one. They’re roommates and friends, but there’s a lot that they don’t know about each other. Their lives in the small town of Lily Grove have been quite boring until all of a sudden, Klive happens across a mystery. Stacey inadvertently gets involved in the mystery and her life changes forever.

I like Ted Akin’s writing style and look forward to reading more of his off the wall writing.

About the Author

Ted Akin is a wandering, wayward Texan telling stories from Kosciusko to Key West. Given the opportunity, he’ll go on an adventure and make a story out of it. Given equal opportunity, he will waste an afternoon in a recliner or hammock.