Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: Thirteen West by Jane Toombs

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Written by Jane Toombs
Published by  Books We Love Ltd.
Mainstream Fiction
167 Pages   

~You won't believe your eyes~ Thirteen West by Jane Toombs

Thirteen West- Book Synopsis 

Ever been inside a state psychiatric hospital? That's an experience Sarah Goodrow Fenz had hoped never to repeat. Years ago, as a young woman, she'd been a student nurse taking her psychiatric affiliation at the state hospital. Now, matured and affluent enough, with an adult daughter by her side, Sarah is suddenly compelled to pick up a drunken derelict off the streets of San Diego and take him to a motel. Leaving her daughter standing speechless in the street, Sarah hails a cab, shoves the derelict inside and rides away.

Compelling, horrifying and too real to ignore, Thirteen West. Can love bloom in the midst of horror?

Book Review of Thirteen West
My goodness, where to start. Perhaps the appropriate place to begin is on the sidewalk where we are first introduced to Sarah Goodrow Fenz, a strong woman who is unable to turn her back on a street bum. There’s a reason why she extends a helping hand. Sarah knows the man. It’s been a long time, but somewhere under the layers of soiled clothes and the stench of alcohol, lives a man she once knew, a man who needs a turn of luck and someone there to care. 

As the story unfolded, I was touched by the character’s compassion. Even though Sarah knows what risks are at stake, she can’t turn the cheek and look the other way. She’s determined to save Frank, but helping him means placing herself in an uncomfortable situation, one she fears will inevitably force her to confront a past she’d rather leave alone. 

  It’s easy to see why author Jane Toombs has a backlist of bestsellers and remains one of the most cherished authors of our time. Mastering the art of building suspense while creating memorable characters, author Jane Toombs turns this novel into another respected work of literary genius.

The dialogue will keep readers in fits of laughter while the story itself will keep readers invested in the work of Jane Toombs. Sharply written, Thirteen West  entertains throughout. I often found myself cautiously peering around the next corner while walking down the hallways of a fictional psychiatric hospital embedded with secrets and its share of horrors.  

Having worked as a psych tech in a local psychiatric hospital, I can tell you with absolute certainty-Jane Toombs capitalized on her personal knowledge by writing a clever fiction novel her fans won’t soon forget.  Kudos to Jane Toombs. Once again, you blew me away. 
I’ll recommend Thirteen West for many years to come.

 ~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Twitter at


  1. This review encourages me to place Thirteen West on my TBR list. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Thank you, Charmaine.

      Jane writes with demonstrated skill throughout. Best of all, she tells a wonderful story destined to keep you on the edge of your seat! :)

      Thanks for stopping by.