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{June 15, 2011}   Catch, by Scott Welsh

From Goodreads: Alan calls it a panic disorder, but if he can’t get a handle on his condition when his breath catches in his throat and his headache sets in, he breathes fire.

After a lonely childhood and adolescence, Alan accepts a job hunting individuals with similarly strange conditions as a self-preservation tactic; he hopes to keep the spotlight off of himself by working for Top, a man who would kill Alan without a second thought if he knew his secret.  But now, as the years pile on, Alan questions his own motives and wonders if he should try to escape the life he has and start anew.

When Alan meets an outspoken young woman named Gail, it’s hard to say whether his life will actually take a turn for the better or whether all the wrong he’s done will circle around and bite him.


I’m in love.  This was such a great read, and I can’t get it out of my head!  Welsh has created a fantastic story with great characters, and I love it!  First person narratives are my favorite, and following Alan’s thoughts and feelings as he worked out his issues, including his fire breathing condition, was really fun.  The very beginning of the novel opens on Alan following one of his Subjects for extermination, and from the very first page I was pulled into the story, constantly spurred on as I needed to know what would happen next.  I was constantly reminded of one of my favorite TV shows, Heroes, as I read, and I think Welsh did a phenomenal job creating this paranormal suspense novel.  Although this is a short read, Welsh has created a very round character in the likes of Alan.  As the story progresses, he becomes real, and his fight against his condition is extremely tangible.  Everything about Alan seems normal, and I was, therefore, able to forge a connection with him, even though he is an extraordinary being with a deadly secret.  I really enjoyed his back and forth mentality, attempting to make up his mind and act, yet being held back by an unseen force—I feel like this often!

I also loved that Welsh doesn’t put all the cards on the table at once.  The novel opens in medias res, and it’s as the story progresses that the reader learns about Alan’s past and how he became what he is today, a hitman killing others with conditions just like him, while hiding his own condition at the same time.  This technique adds a lot of suspense to the novel, and by the end, my heart was nearly beating out of my chest.  I just loved the conclusion Welsh adds to his novel—he’s created a wonderful paranormal novel that will keep the reader engrossed until the very end.  Welsh is a very talented young writer and I highly suggest reading Catch, especially if you’re a lover of Heroes like me.  Five stars.

I received a copy of novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


tammara says:

This looks veeeerry creepy. And good. In a creepy way. Darn in, my to-reads list gets longer every time I check your site!!

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