Truly Unfortunate

Knollville Curses Book 1

Fiction - Supernatural
176 Pages
Reviewed on 10/30/2018
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Author Biography

About C.A. King

I was diagnosed with clinical depression after the loss of my mother, father and husband within three years of each other; all to cancer. 24/7 in-home care, coupled with the loss I felt, left its mark on my psyche.

Depression takes up a lot of my life. Reading and writing are the only things I have found that help (in connection with regular medication), even if only for a short time. To escape to a different world can make a big difference in my mood in real time.

To put things in perspective, when I was at my lowest point, I couldn't open mail, talk on the phone, or even drive to the store. Walls of sadness surrounded me. As they closed in, tears would fall. There didn't need to be a reason or trigger.

People ask me why I started writing. My answer is simple: I wanted to create a world into which other people with similar problems could escape. I wanted to share the one place that had helped me for many years.

I have always said that as long as one person finds a little bit of happiness out of my books, I am, in my opinion, an accomplished author. The same is true for every writer out there. Please don't ever let anyone tell you different.

Fast forward to today...
I am an award-winning author with 30 books available across multiple fantasy sub-genres.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Life is hard for 24-year-old Truly Alaney. She works three jobs to keep living in an apartment owned by a horrible landlord and to pay for her psychiatric consultations. She has trouble sleeping and suffers from nightmares. She has no memories of her childhood. When certain individuals die from ostensibly unfortunate accidents, something from her past seems to be the culprit. Truly Unfortunate (Knollville Curses, Book 1) by C.A. King is set in Knollville, a decent town with decent parks with “well-sculptured gardens and ornamental trees”. It starts like a subtle psychological drama where a young woman has to endure unscrupulous men and hard-earned living. When deaths start to occur, the plot reveals that it has more layers that one might think.

Truly is easy to empathize with but Jeff and Miranda are a pair of detectives who raise the mystery vibe up a notch. Initially, I had to slightly suspend disbelief with Jeff as he seemed a bit too conveniently intuitive. That said, when all the dots are connected and a hidden truth is revealed, all the strange happenstances make sense. King’s Truly Unfortunate is a swift-paced supernatural tale with a good dose of mystery and horror. The ending has some ambiguity regarding protagonist Truly that I feel is fitting, which also makes a great start for the Knollville Curses series. This is a solid story from King and I look forward to reading the next book.