18 Seconds

18 Seconds

by George D. Shuman

I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation. The book is 18 Seconds by George Shuman.

Meet Sherry Moore. She sees dead people. Actually, that’s all she sees. Sherry is blind, and can see the last 18 seconds of a dead person’s life by touching their hand. She’s been useful to the police a few times, and Lieutenant Kelly O’Shaughnessy wants her help in a series of particularly nasty murders in the resort town of Wildwood, New Jersey. Actually, it would be hard to pin down which of the murders, attempted murders, or just bad behavior in 18 Seconds is the nastiest, as it goes back in time between the 70s and the present. We’ve got a little CSI, a little Medium, and a really creepy novel. Sherry is both tough and vulnerable, and her gift makes for some interesting reading. I did like this book but I can’t say I enjoyed it; the psycho serial killer Earl Sykes is just too brutal. But if you like your mysteries with a sharp edge, try 18 Seconds by George Shuman. I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is 18 Seconds by George Shuman.

Sherry Moore is a blind woman with an unusual talent — she can see the last 18 seconds of a dead person’s life. That’s how she gets involved in the reappearance of a serial killer in Wildwood, New Jersey, and after reading this, I am never going under a boardwalk, ever. An interesting thing about 18 Seconds is how all the characters, from Sherry to the murderer himself, are connected in some way, nothing is random, and things that were thought long gone — like the town’s secret toxic waste dump — have a way of coming back as particularly nasty surprises. The descriptions of Sherry’s visions are mesmerizing, and in fact maybe Shuman is a little too good at his job, because I was looking over my shoulder after parking my car last night. Probably tonight, too. 18 Seconds, by George Shuman. I’m the creeped out Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


I’m Kim Alexander and this is a Fiction Nation minute. The book is 18 Seconds by George Shuman.

Sherry Moore is a blind woman with a gift — she can see the last thoughts of the dead by touching their hand. She also has no memory of her childhood and a mean right hook. Interesting woman. She help the police find murderers, and now may wind up a victim, as serial killer and all around nutball Earl Sykes is out of jail and ready to get back to work in the seaside town of Wildwood, New Jersey. What I liked about 18 Seconds were the female characters — Sherry, Kelly O’Shaughnessy (the cop in charge), battered wife Marcia Lamb — they all play a role in not only saving themselves from the killer, but saving each other from personal demons with various degrees of success. It seems that Shuman has left the door open for Sherry to come back for a sequel; I hope she does, although after this book I don’t know how much more she can take! Maybe next time he’ll send her on a nice, relaxing, serial killer-free cruise. 18 Seconds by George Shuman. I’m Kim Alexander on Fiction Nation on Book Radio, SiriusXM Channel 80.


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