After his wife walks out on him, Charlie Phoenix tries to lick his wounds by purchasing his dream car: a ‘69 Corvette Stingray. It isn’t long before he realizes that the Stingray has the bizarre ability to replenish itself; every time the fuel needle drops below E, he watches in amazement as it slowly returns to F. But the car does more than just replenish gasoline. After driving in it for months, he realizes that his health problems have vanished, and the relationship with his estranged son mends whenever they go for a drive together.
Hoping to use the car for good, Charlie must come to terms with whether such power was ever meant to be placed in the hands of any one driver. And as his life begins to unravel, it becomes clear there is another, darker side to this Stingray lurking beneath the hood—one that utterly terrifies him.
A tale of jealousy, rage, and human frailty, this is a drive along the dark highways of the human heart. Buckle up.
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. I had read Doppelganger by the author and liked it, so I was happy to read this book.
This book starts with a man driving with a corpse next to him. He’s running from the police, and he says that it’s the car’s fault. What? Then he begins telling his story from death row…
Charlie’s world falls apart when his wife leaves him after 18 years. Not really because he misses her. He’s just not sure what to do now. So, he buys a classic car, and everything changes. At first, things are better: Charlie gets a girlfriend, his son starts to actually talk to him, and the car can heal people (and his cat) and relationships.
The characters are realistic, and Charlie is well-developed. The others are seen through his eyes so there’s no way to know what they’re feeling or if they’re truthful with him.
Poor Charlie no longer has much control over his life. Once he realizes what is happening with the car, can he get rid of it? Obviously, based on the beginning of the book, he can’t…but there’s more.
If you like horror and/or thrillers, you’ll like Replenished.
About the Author
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he’s not writing, he’s probably at the beach.