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Thumbprint: A Story by Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella and Vic Malhotra
Review by Gayle Surrette
William Morrow Kindle Edition  ISBN/ITEM#: B0092QAMUQ
Date: 23 October 2012 / Show Official Info /

Mallory Grennan is back from Iraq where she served at Abu Ghrab, learning to do things to prisoners that no one should every have to even know about. She wasn't in any of the photos, so she's out and home. She even got her old job at a bar where she'd worked before she joined.

She is having problems adjusting to civilian life. She's got no one to talk to about what happened... or about what she did while there. Her father died before she could talk to him. Her boss is a jerk. And that's when she starts getting threats.

The threats are a thumbprint on a folded piece of paper. Mallory is convinced someone knows what she did and she doesn't know who that is. She's on edge and getting edgier as the story proceeds.

The artwork helps to further the closed in feel of Mallory flashing back to her past. Reacting with anger when tensions rise or she feels threatened. The colors and shading subconsciously added to the atmosphere of tension, stress, and despair.

A haunting story with no real solution, that leaves the reader hanging without a resolution except for the one the reader brings to the story. This is a horror story that isn't really fantasy -- only human nature at its most twisted and perverse. Not a story for the faint of heart or stomach.

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