More Reviews for “The Black River”

Scott creates a fantasy world of privilege, beautiful women, sex and drugs that calls the reader in for a wild ride. In a trauma-based story with sensual twists and turns, he writes intensely and beautifully from the mind of a gorgeously damaged female. Hard to put down and keeps you guessing until the end. Good read.
Amy Somers, LPCC, MFA

Jovon Scott does a remarkable job writing a story bursting with clues that hook the reader from the beginning to the end. “The Black River” is loaded with suspense and excitement, allowing the reader to wonder what comes next. But once the reader begins the story, there is no turning back. A real page burner.
Kelvin Taylor, Producer/Director

Eerie and Compelling:
Victoria, a suddenly orphaned rich girl; Chanel, a wild woman who can’t escape her past; Jasmine, a young woman living in the shadow of her best friend while trying to make a life for herself; and Tianna Smith, the psychologist trying to help a troubled young woman face her demons. This book was very well-written and surprisingly compelling. Being from Chicago myself, I was intrigued, and it drew me in immediately. This is a story told through the eyes of each of these four women who feel like real people. The poetry shown throughout highlights the struggles each of them face, on their own and together. There were many twists and turns, and at times it can be confusing. This is a book you need to read, not skim through. The ending was a surprise, too. The author lets the characters tell their own story. The steamy scenes were good too.
Julie Martin

Highly imaginative and Dark:
Excellent book. As readers we are taking into fantasy world of privilege, sex and drugs Hard to put down and keeps you guessing until the end.
San M S

A mature book for a mature audience and with a complicated start that will leave you confused and intrigued. I feel like this book needs a little more editing, a cut in some dialogue, perhaps a check on some repeated words and often used descriptors. However, and let me be clear, this is exactly what it tells you it is, a great mystery, not just its storyline and character arcs, but in the way the story is told. This one is best left undescribed since from the beginning the great gist of it lies in the complex narration and the use of alternating time and space. One thing I will say is, it is broken into various perspectives and various female characters, so you get more than one personality leading the charge towards the twist at the end.
Daniel Cuervonegro

A very unexpected twist to a very unexpected story.
Right out of the gate the story catches your attention. Very bold characters. Very bold character arcs. The surprise at the end was very good. Some VERY steamy action. Not for the faint of heart. That’s for sure.
Zombie Tex

Complex and Great:
A very compelling narrative. I was a bit lost at first by the complexity of the narrative but overall the solid writing carried me through, and I enjoyed the read!
Larry Rosen

Great Story
A great story lwith a great twist. This will captivate the reader from start to finish.
Alexa Sommers

Dark twisted thriller
This story will pull you in and keep you turning the page to see what happens. Mature content for a mature reader. Bold content, bolds characters, and steamyy scenes will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Crystal Vranich

Great Story
This is a great story, but trhe writer’s needs development.
Rob Shulman

Draws you in and hooks you.
A great novel that is definitely not for the faint of heart. The opening read can be confusing (I had to read the first couple of chapters twice to make sure I understood what was going on) but once you get into this book it won’t let you go. The characters, plot twists and scenes are very well done. Give it a try and you’ll be rewarded with a great read.
Avid Reader

Well written and Intriguing
At first I opened the book just to browse. But I got pulled in by the story, the characters and the writing style and found it hard to put down. Some books are memorable. This is one of them.
A. Beck

Beautifully Dark
A sensual story, powerful enough to pull you in and grab when you almost can’t turn the page. It’s n;ot a light read, but it compels you to keep reading. It touches on what people carry with them through life that we may never see — that they may not even see for themselves. There is some wit that cuts the intensity at times and twists that you won’t see coming.

Really interesting and thought provoking read.
What an interesting book! Lots of challenging themes written in a very interesting way.

Interesting Point of View
I wasn’t sure if I would like this but gave it a try. It’s an interesting perspective to which I’ve never viewed the world this way before. Well-shaped characters, love them or hate them but the world really has people in such unfortunate circumstances.

An Interesting read
A story of many lives, each character I felt was well developed and interesting. Overall well-written and enjoyable, however the pacing was awkward in some parts. Worth a read.

I found this story to be very entertaining.
Maxie Nyanes

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Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.

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