Go Home, Afton
by: Brent Jones
Series: Afton Morrison, Book 1
Release Date: June 25, 2018
We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.
A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.
Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.
Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.
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Go Home, Afton is the first novella of a series written by Brent Jones. As with most stories structured to be in multiple books, there is a certain continuity and character building as well as environment building required. Perhaps the part I can’t get past with this decision is really why structure it as a novella instead of just an entire book? However, those are the author’s decisions but personally, as with most novels like this, it falls into a trap of being the setup phase. We get a lot of setup with really not a lot going on. I’m not saying nothing goes on because the redeeming quality which is the center of this story is the character of Afton Morrison and her development. She is a complex character to say the least with different sides of her that we learn about and she sits in a gray area of right and wrong both for Afton and the situation she encounters or at least gets involved in.
Its a novella and a thriller so its a fairly quick read. As a thriller, it did have some nice descriptions to help with the imagery. Some creepy characters which makes us wonder on what is real and what is just a part of the imagination. As we learn more about Afton, we get to feel the tension as her situation gets more complicated. It builds well-structured thriller moments. The writing style here is refined as well to easily feel immersed into the story. The ideas presented in the structure have a lot to love especially as there are some psychologically thrilling moments (and I’m a sucker for psychological thrillers).
Overall, Go Home Afton as a first part in a series has its good and bad. Good is the detail and the ideas and the sum of its parts coming together to make this a fun read. It gives it the time to really draw out Afton to have many layers to discover in her character. However, the downside of this is that there is the whole issue of certain parts being drawn out and the pacing not being as tight-knit as it should be to keep it a page-turner. First parts with deep characters usually need the first part for set-up and part of me felt like nothing incredibly substantial or surprising happened so while it had some thrilling and tense moments, it still fell short.
On a side note, I’m hoping this means that book 2 can get the ball rolling right away and the thrills and pacing will be a lot better.
Goodreads rating: 3 out of 5
About the Author
From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.
Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.
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