Book Review “The Beached Ones” by Colleen Story


Paranormal Suspense


Length; 350

Publisher; CamCat Books


Daniel and his younger brother grew up in an abusive home. Daniel escaped. Now an established stunt rider, he intends to go back to rescue his brother. But then one jump goes horribly wrong . . .

He recovers to find himself in Iowa, unscathed, yet his life has drastically changed. His best friend won’t answer his calls. Even his girlfriend is hiding something. Increasingly terrified, he clings to the one thing he knows: He must pick up his brother in San Francisco. In five days.

From the isolating fields of Iowa to the crowded streets of San Francisco, Daniel must fight his way through a fog of disjointed memories and supernatural encounters to face the truth and pay a debt he didn’t know he owed.

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  • Genre:  Paranormal Suspense
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  • Print length: 350 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book
  • Trigger warnings: Themes of loss, childhood abuse and suicide; plot includes: deaths resulting from various causes including suicide, an incident of threatened injury to a child, some isolated violent scenes, a scene of self harm
  • Goodreads Rating: 5 stars (New book, not yet Amazon rated)


Colleen Story is a new author to me and I really was not sure what to expect. I have read more paranormal books recently. It is not my “go to” genre, however I am enjoying some of the books I have read, some more than others. This is definitely in the “More” category.

I will have to be honest that the first few chapters were a tad confusing yet intriguing enough for me to keep reading. The brilliant use of flashback memories and the supernatural creates a great plot that holds your attention well. The pace is set at just the right level and the emotional relationship between the two brothers is moving to say the least. It leaves the reader emotional yet hopeful.

Although some of the topics make for tricky reading it is written with care and sensitivity. I thoroughly enjoyed this supernatural ghost story and would certainly seek out this author again.



Colleen M. Story inspires writers to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment in their work. Her latest release, “Your Writing Matters,” helps writers overcome self-doubt and determine once and for all where writing fits in their lives. Her previous release, “Writer Get Noticed!,” was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and a first-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon best seller. Her novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others.

With over 20 years as a freelance writer in the health and wellness industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery.

She frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers. Her first course, “How to Finish the Creative Projects You Start,” is available on Teachable (

With Thanks for the Advance Copy to ……

Black Coffee Book Tours

Colleen Story http://Twitter (@colleen_m_story)

CamCat Books


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