Conjesero by Carl Alves – Paranormal Mystery Review

Conjesero cover
Conjesero by Carl Alves
Paranormal Mystery/Thriller
$2.99 Kindle
$12.95 Paperback

My Review

Conjesero is a paranormal mystery/thriller that has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing.  I started out thinking that the murderer was one thing because of a sub-plot, and by the end of the book I found out that I had been wrong for most of the story.  I became invested in the characters and worried for their safety until the end.  It was a riveting story that was a real page-turner.

The characters are well developed, which made it all the more of an emotional rollercoaster ride.  Without giving away too much, one of the secondary characters is killed by the Conjesero and I wanted to get revenge for them!  I usually feel bad when a character is killed off in a story (when they are the good guy), but in this case it went a step further.

As for the gore-factor, it wasn’t so explicit as to turn off some readers.  Yes, it was detailed, but in a medical examiner way of description.  It reminded me of an old-time police procedural.

The only thing I continued to wonder about after the story was over was why did the Conjesero become what it was.  The age old question of why does something good become evil.My take-away:  This book read like a script for a movie.  I could easily visualize each scene and character, though the Conjesero would be a challenge for the CGI folks.  Detective Kevin Russell was a believable character who is dealing with carnage of epic proportions.  Everyone around him is always at risk because of the awful people he interacts with.  It would be an edge-of-your-seat type of movie.

I’ve always been drawn to books with a legend/lore angle, and this story did not disappoint.  It is a book that is written for the mystery lover who likes to ponder all aspects of the story, like a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  Because of this aspect, I highly recommend this book to fellow mystery lovers.

About the Author


Carl went to Boston University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  Carl graduated with a BS degree, and has since worked in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.  He later graduated from Lehigh University with an MBA degree.  His debut novel Two For Eternity was released in 2011 by Weaving Dreams Publishing.  His novel Blood Street was released in 2012 by True Grit Publishing.  His novel Reconquest: Mother Earth is scheduled to be released in 2014 by Montag Press.  His short fiction has appeared in various publications such as Sinister City, Alien Skin and Dark Eclipse.  He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and has attended the Penn Writers Conference.

You can visit his website at and find him on Facebook at


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