I've Been Waiting by William. L. Harben is an exciting mystery and paranormal novel taking place in Boston and Denver. The reader follows the life of narcotics agent John, who is working on a dangerous case when his life takes a dramatic turn.
John is going down the path of revenge-seeking when Angela, a beautiful and angelic woman, meets him in a bar and entrusts him with an unsolved case dear to her. Feeling this case is more than he can handle on his own, he seeks out help from an old co-worker. John contacts his old partner Dex, and together they go on this dangerous and unknown journey that will take them to Denver, where they have no idea what they will encounter as they unravel this mystery.
William Harben has written a fast-paced novel that will hook and keep the reader's interest with each new page. It's an excellent one-shot mystery novel that can be read quickly. The writing was really pleasing, with just the right amount of description and dialogue. An interesting character trait of Dex is that he suffers from a stutter. True to character, Harben writes the dialogue with his stutter. I feel some readers may find this to be distracting after a while, but it is part of what makes Dex's character interesting and not a stock cookie-cutter detective.
The plot is well structured and will keep readers intrigued up until the very end, making this a book that is unpredictable. This story is reminiscent of the TV show Supernatural, with a similar vibe to it with two guys hunting down a case that has some paranormal aspects.
John's family is briefly mentioned. While his wife is named, his children don't have a name whatsoever. It dehumanized them a bit despite their important role in the story. Nevertheless, this was an interesting approach to their characterization.
I've Been Waiting is a fascinating and thrilling read for those who enjoy a great mystery thriller. The action keeps readers engaged as the mystery takes twists and turns. A spectacular paranormal mystery novel for those that love the unexpected.
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