Title: Smoke Screen
Author: Monique D. Mensah
Headline: Maneater is on the Prowl
In Smoke Screen, Monique Mensah reintroduces us to a trio of ladies from her first novel, Who Is He To You. It is ten years later but Simone, Ryan, and Lauren are still connected to one another. A female serial killer is on the loose and the media has named her the “Maneater and any one of the main characters could be her.
Simone is a sexual abuse survivor and is currently working with young girls who have gone through the same experience as her. Ryan, who was a pedophile’s mistress ten years ago is now married and desperately wants a baby even though her husband does not. Lauren is now a very successful lawyer who is carrying on an inappropriate relationship. All of these ladies have a motive and means to be the serial killer, but which one is it?
Monique Mensah does an excellent job of character development so if you have not read her previous works, you will not be lost. She continues to explore the often ignored world of mental health and keeps it suspenseful. The very last page of Smoke Screen has me excited to see what Monique Mensah has in store for us when Nemesis is released in June 2012.
Title: Inside Rain
Author: Monique Mensah
Headline: Slow Moving
“Inside Rain” by Monique Mensah takes us deep into the mind of spoken word artist, Rain. Rain is under the care of her grandmother because as a child she witnessed the brutal murder of her mother. Danny and Carmen are Rain’s siblings and they hold a grudge since she seems to be their grandmother’s favorite.
“Inside Rain” is a slow moving book until a man that Carmen begins to date seems familiar to Rain. Mensah spends the majority of the book developing each character and it reaches the point where the storyline is quite predictable. It was a struggle to get there but “Inside Rain” was saved by Mensah’s unpredictable ending.
Title: Who Is He To You
Author: Monique Mensah
Headline: A Man Of Different Faces
“Who Is He To You” by Monique Mensah centers around a man that is a father, a husband, and a loving but sometimes absent boyfriend. There is a man who is the father to Simone; she is an extremely beautiful teenager who is having a rough time at school because others are envious of her. Because of her beauty and her family’s wealth no one suspects that she is hiding a horrible secret which leads to cutting while alone.
There is a man who is married to Jessica, and she is simply happy to get away from her upbringing. There is another man who is the boyfriend of Ryan. Ryan believes their relationship is magic and headed for marriage but the man plays a disappearing act every so often.
Monique Mensah was able to take three storylines and weave them together with complete details and character development in “Who Is He To You.” This story is not one that has pretty packaging which means it will not make you feel good but it is a story worth reading. “Who Is He To You” ends on a high note and I am looking forward to reading “Smoke Screen” to see how Monique Mensah continues the dialogue.