Novel – Forgive Me, Alex

5/5 Stars at Amazon: Forgive Me, Alex is a deeply emotional spellbinding psychological thriller. … This story affords us a look into the mind of a serial killer and the tremendous strength of writing in this book makes that a terrifying experience. The writing is exceptional in that it propelled me into the story and into the minds of the main characters as well as keeping me totally fixated on the story. The suspense and tension in this story is very palpable and I found myself thinking about this story long after I had finished.

The main characters of Tony and Mitchell are painted with such fine precision and depth I could almost feel their presence while reading. The character of Frank Willow the adopted Grandfather of Tony and Alex is a richly defined character who contributes a great deal of emotion and compassion to the story. The other characters in this story are all unique and well defined and successfully contribute to the sentiment, understanding and underlying current of the story.

Lane Diamond has succeeded in bringing to the surface the dark and horrifying mind of a psychotic serial killer while at the same time bringing forth the desperate need for humanity and justice for the victims and their families.

I highly recommend this for its powerful and gripping story line. You will be held in a spell that will keep you wanting more and find yourself totally drawn in. — Marilou George, The Kindle Book Review

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5/5 Stars at Amazon UK: This book was simply outstanding. I haven’t read a crime novel that really grabbed my attention in a long time and so when I got hooked on this book from the very first page, I knew I was starting the journey of something very special. I loved the way the story was portrayed and the story itself. I was continuously enthralled throughout and found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and continue on with my life because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It is a book that I would pass along in a heart beat but one that I would be unwilling to provide my own copy for.

In summary, this book was an emotional, tense, powerful, brilliant roller-coaster that I will happily go on again, and again, and again. It was simply inspiring and clever and just really succeeded in being a great piece of entertainment. This however is not YA. It is Adult Fiction and should not be picked up lightly. I would recommend this book to crime fiction lovers in a heartbeat or to anyone who wants to read a book that really packs a punch, and leaves you thinking about human psychology and emotion. A truly amazing read that I am incredibly glad I had the opportunity to read. — Daydreaming Star

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: So, I came across this author, his name is Lane Diamond, and boy can he tell a story. Forgive Me, Alex is the story of loss, growth, hope, despair, grief, and revenge. I was captivated by Lane’s storytelling.

Lane gets you into the head of the characters and you feel this bond with them, urging you to read faster to find out what happens next. You know you are reading a great book when you need to stop reading, but keep telling yourself just one more chapter, then one more leads to half the book. I felt so bad for Tony and all his loss. I wanted to murder Mitchell Norton myself. I wish I knew old Frank personally. I was caught off-guard by the ending and can’t wait for the next book! Well done! — Jennifer @ Can’t Put It Down (A Book Review Site)

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: Psychological thrillers are my kind of books! Not only do I write them, but truly enjoy reading one that makes my skin crawl, my nerves skitter with fear and my heart thump a tad louder. This incredible novel by Lane Diamond handed me ALL of that, in spades! …

The ending is a perfect way to ease the reader down from the intense, page-gripping high that the author just yanked them through, leaving the option wide open for a sequel. Out of all the books I have read this year, this one just launched itself to #1 for me! — Ashley Fontaine, Author of Zero Balance (Eviscerating the Snake Series)

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: Lane Diamond has hit a home run with this brilliant, riveting and deeply engaging psychological thriller. Not only is his writing style flawless, his storytelling skills are unparalleled.

Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton are the yin and yang of each other, each haunted by their own demons, scarred by the past as they wage war on each other’s future….

…With a deeply attuned attention to the nature of humanity and psychosis, Diamond delves into the darkest corners of the human mind and pulls out nuggets of horror and absolution that will leave you wanting more. I look forward to more books from this amazing author. This is a book to rival any of the great thrillers you’ve ever read and is a definite must read! — Kimberly Kinrade, Author of Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire, and more

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: I think what struck me the most about the story, and what I really enjoyed, was the way Diamond explored the depths of the main characters, Tony Hooper and Mitchell Norton. It would be easy in this type of story to get caught up in the action. But correctly, I think, Diamond recognizes that the strength of the book lies in the characters, and he does an excellent job of helping the reader understand the inner workings of their minds. — Rich V.

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: FORGIVE ME, ALEX is classified as a psychological suspense thriller, and suspense should really be bolded and italicized. There is a certain level of mastery a writer must possess in order to effectively build this kind of breathless expectation in a reader, and Diamond does just that, not only by switching us back and forth between 1978 (when the events that set everything in motion took place) and 1995 (the subsequent aftermath after the serial killer is released), but also by switching up narrative perspectives between our hero and antagonist. Although I was originally afraid all this moving about might harm the linearity of the tale, my fears were unfounded: The story developed and evolved brilliantly, and kept me turning the pages wanting more. More. More. — Anne Chaconas, Blogger and Reviewer at My name is Anne. I write stories.

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: It took me two nights to finish, only because I had to work in between. I really didn’t want to put this down. I really didn’t.

I read a couple of Lane Diamond’s short stories, so I expected “Forgive Me, Alex” to be well written. And that it is. What I didn’t expect (don’t know why, exactly) was that this book would be as good as most psychological thrillers I’ve read. And that it is….

…What can I say? I LOVE THIS BOOK! And so will you. Read it. You’ll be glad you did…. — ShakespeareFan

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4/5 Stars at Amazon: This book was a thriller all right. I could not put it down, but I had to as I was visiting friends, and thought I could just read it on the plane. Once I started, I just wanted to continue to find out more about these characters and the paths they were being led down….

…Thanks for the great book Lane! — Lilly

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: This book is gruesome and emotional right out of the gate. The main character, Tony, goes through some monumental losses throughout the story. These aren’t the kind of losses that you can just blow off as insignificant because Lane’s writing makes you really care about these people and what’s going on. Lane excels in this area of sympathetic characters….

…Lane uses the first person to masterfully get you into the characters’ minds so that you can feel everything as if it were happening to you. I could see how and why this guy did these awful things, and it made the story more horrific because of how real it seemed….

…The conclusion left me realistically satisfied and very impressed with Lane’s storytelling. Life isn’t a fairy tale, and I commend Lane for his conclusion. That, combined with Lane’s excellent writing, makes this a 5-star book. I walk away with a deep emotional connection to these characters and their plight. They are like old friends, and any time a book can create that bond with characters, I say well done….

…If you are willing to experience some of the darker sides to life, you’ll walk away with new “friends,” and a deeper understanding of life and appreciation for the loved ones you still have. — Tim C. Ward, Podcaster, Book Blogger, Aspiring Author

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: Mitchell Norton, the book’s antagonist, really struck a chord with me. Sometimes hilarious, other times sick and demented, I swung from one extreme to another. Parts of the journey intrigued me, others disgusted me, yet they all forced me to keep reading. And, at the end of the day, that’s what I did–I kept reading. Page after page, line after line, this book didn’t let me put it down. — L. Taylor “Kesh Kreature”

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4/5 Stars at Amazon: Readers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will find much to like about Lane Diamond’s debut novel. Exquisitely written, with earnest, irresistable characters and an intriguing dual narrative, this is one thriller well worth the time. Rest assured, as many have already commented, this novel has quite a few challenging scenes–be prepared for blood, and lots of it–but they add to the tension that ripples throughout the book. I, like others here, had a hard time putting the book down each night, and so compelling was the story that I found myself dreaming about it. I couldn’t help but feel what was at stake, even when I wasn’t reading. — John Anthony Allen

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: This thriller hooked me from the very beginning and I found it near impossible to put it aside. I carried my kindle with me everywhere I went and when snatches of time presented itself, I pulled out the Kindle and read.

I needed to know what was going to happen next despite some of the gruesome and more uncomfortable parts of the story (inside the mind of a serial killer). I found the story engrossing and the style of writing quite crisp, clean, and forthright….

…The ending is perfect. It works and sets up the sequel wonderfully. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. And Mr. Diamond, if you’re reading this, cut Tony some slack, will ya? The guy deserves to find his happy ending. But something tells me, he’s in for another roller coaster ride from hell…. — Angela Scott, Author of Wanted: Dead or Undead and Desert Rice

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5/5 Stars at Amazon:  …I will just say that this book grabbed me right from the first page. I love suspense thrillers and when an author can pull the reader right into the story where you do not want to put the book down, that is for me a great read. There are characters that you love to love and those you love to hate. An emotional roller coaster of a ride right up to the last page. Then it keeps you wanting more and that is good because there will be another book soon, The Devil’s Bane, a sequel to Forgive Me, Alex. I highly recommend this book!!! — Kathleen Kelly, Blogger and Reviewer at the Celticlady’s Reviews

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5/5 Stars at Amazon: …I could not help but think to myself that the storyline was more real than imagined – I could all too often feel myself being pulled into the minds of the characters, especially Tony….

This style of writing is my everyday read. I have found myself reading many stories of the same genre, and every so often I come across a gem or two that I often use as comparative tools by which I judge the intensity of other stories. Forgive Me, Alex is just one of those stories that lead the mind astray, and allows the reader to be a part of another world, another man’s life – in this case, the life of a killer. — JesterDev

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4/5 Stars at Amazon:  As someone with a minor ninja fetish, I must admit that when Lane Diamond’s Forgive Me, Alex introduced the character of Ben Komura, I was excited to learn more. Though Komura’s first physical appearance is delayed until after the midway point in the novel, his presence provides a unique twist to the traditional serial killer story. After all, it’s not every day that you combat your enemy with the wisdom of the samurai and the blades of the ninja….

Smarts and skills and the way of the samurai? That’s one very crush-worthy combination. — Laura Roberts, Author of Rebels of the 512

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4/5 Stars at Amazon:  I recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers and to those who are fascinated with serial killer stories. If you love Dr. [Spencer] Reid, I mean, Criminal Minds, you might love this book, too. — Leah Gonzalez, Blogger and Reviewer at the White Sky Project

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