Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons Review


"From New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, comes Rock Bottom, a debut thriller and first in a series of novels that introduces one of the most fascinating and memorable characters in suspense fiction.

Ten years ago, Angela Joy Palladino left home as a pregnant seventeen-year-old in trouble. Far from home, AJ succeeded in establishing her career as an environmental activist, dubbed "The People's Champion," only to suffer failure once again in the wake of a crushing media disaster.
So when AJ is offered a job with a lawyer who has taken on large mining corporations hoping to stop their mountaintop removal of her hometown, she is torn. As a single mother of a special needs nine-year-old boy, AJ needs any work she can get. But doing so will mean returning to the West Virginia hometown she left in disgrace so long ago.

AJ finally accepts, hoping to find a sense of purpose in her efforts to save the only place she ever called home. That is until threats begin to surface and bodies begin to pile up, and AJ soon discovers her own secrets aren't the only ones her mountain hometown has kept buried. Hitting rock bottom, AJ must face the betrayal of those once closest to her and confront the harrowing past she thought she had left behind.

In Rock Bottom, Erin Brockovich combines passionate intensity, first-rate story-telling, and her real-life experiences in a novel that will leave you breathless."


I have to admit that I did not know what to expect from this book. The synapse sounded interesting and I am always looking for new books and new Authors to love, so I decided to give it a shot. I have seen the movie Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts, but other than that I have never heard of her. I didn’t even realize she was an Author.

Once I started reading this book, I knew that Erin Brockovich was going to be added to my list of favorite writers. She grabs your attention right from the start with AJ Palladino (the heroine) having a listener call into her show and blame her for ruining his life. This is then proceeded by a gun shot. Talk about an exciting opening! After that AJ ends up returning to the area she grew up in and had not been to since she was a teenager. You find out a little more about her past throughout the book. You learn that not only does she have a lot of history and secrets, but so do some of the people closest to her. You will meet her handsome and mysterious ex-boyfriend. Her possibly crazy Mother. Her sweet and loving Grandmother and many other great characters in this book.

AJ is very easy to relate to. As I read Rock Bottom I found myself having sympathy and admiration for her at the same time. She has a rough life and has been through a lot, yet she is a great Mom and a kick-butt-take-no-nonsense Woman.

Brockovich is an excellent writer that will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions while keeping you interested every moment. I always know when I have finished a great book because I feel slightly empty when it is done. I have a need to read the sequel immediately and find out what is going on with the characters. I want more! I definitely had this feeling with Rock Bottom and I am hoping there is a sequel out soon.

The only thing that I would change about this book is a part at the ending. You will have to read it to find out exactly why, my lips are sealed. : )  However, it was an excellent book and even with the part of the ending that I didn’t like, I will probably read it again soon. If you want action, suspense, feminism, drama, a thrill, or just a good book: this is for you.

Disclaimer: I received Rock Bottom for free from FSB Media in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. All of the thoughts and views are my own personal opinions.


ntepup said...

I didn't know she was an author either! Great review! Your review makes me want to go out and get this book NOW....I assume it is out on shelves now? Thank you so much! I need to sign up for a review business!

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