A NEW YEAR AND NEW REVIEWS FOR THROWAWAYS!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 Great mystery/crime story! January 5, 2021

Following a research dive in the Florida Keys, Jake Savage finds himself hellbent to uncover the mystery of the death of a young girl, whose body he encountered. This leads Jake down a dangerous path, where he finds himself facing some very unsavory characters and a sex trafficking ring.

Throwaways is a fast paced mystery with a great cast of characters. The focus is on Jake, his foster-mother Ethy, and her part caretaker Tess. Their lives becoming increasingly more involved with what they discover about young girls who are victimized because of their station in life, or lack thereof. Jake fancies himself a bit of a savior and quickly learns that there are times where it may not matter. Elliot Lights builds a world with highly developed characters, with backstories that allow the reader to easily feel like you know them. The mystery of the throwaways is both fascinating and uncomfortable, disturbing and sad. Overall the plot plays out and explosive ending ensues, providing a sense of justice to the culprits.

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Throwaways is a fast paced mystery with a great cast of characters.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

 Suspense-filled novel January 2, 2021

Jake is surprised to see in the water in the keys of Florida, the body of a young girl hovering over him. He’s so tempted to swim out, he has freaked his face, he has been eaten away by sea animals, he can’t abandon her, and he calls to the police with all conscience.

This is a rapidly rising tale of ‘throwaway’ young people and of the wealthy, affluent, and abuseful men.

I liked Jake and his acts, and his relationship with his adoptive mother, Etsy in particular. I loved this book, and it was a pleasure to bring the Keys in place. Nice one.

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I loved this book, and it was a pleasure to bring the Keys in place. Nice one.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The mystery about child trafficking. December 27, 2020

The story is all about discovering the mystery behind a dead girl’s body floating off the Florida coast. It is really awful what happens to children in this world; I mean child trafficking. Easy to follow story, engaging storylines, a complex plot, and an unexpected conclusion.

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Easy to follow story, engaging storylines, a complex plot, and an unexpected conclusion.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Fun Mystery December 27, 2020

A fun mystery and some intriguing characters. I enjoy mystery and suspense and this story didn’t disappoint. Enjoy!

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…this story didn’t disappoint. Enjoy!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Yes to new authors & engaging suspense December 23, 2020

Suspenseful, engaging and full of surprises- my kind of good read!

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…my kind of good read!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A dark and timely novel December 12, 2020

This book took a very real problem we have in our world today and wrote about it with no mercy. The writing was spectacular and the characters were so real that it was scary. If you’re in it for a story that literally was built around headlines from our timeline and an unshakeable hero, read this book!

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an unshakeable hero, read this book!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well crafted. a great sleuth novel December 7, 2020

A well crafted plot that carries you along and is always clear.
The sleuth is likable and perceptive and the treatment of his photographic memory is really believable.
set in florida keys kind of gives it a carl Haissen vibe, it is similarly wild and fun while a tense and suspenseful mystery. The pacing and plot are pitch perfect for a mystery series. This seems like the start of a great series of mystery novels, especially if you are a fan of James Patterson. Kind of reminds me of Patterson, a journalistic, no-nonsense writing style that drives a complex plot while maintaining total clarity in the mind of a reader. It is fun to feel like you can participate in the case a bit and figure out what is going on. Jake Savage is also not just a macho action hero cut-out. He’s vulnerable and complicated and cares about the people in his life and goes to great lengths for them. He has complex relationships that are more than just the action hero love interest.

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Kind of reminds me of Patterson, a journalistic, no-nonsense writing style that drives a complex plot while maintaining total clarity in the mind of a reader. It is fun to feel like you can participate in the case a bit and figure out what is going on.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great characters December 6, 2020

I like the complexity of the characters in this and the other mysteries by Elliot Light. Great job!

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I like the complexity of the characters...

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 Sad material, but a really good book December 6, 2020

I was generally aware of the subject matter, but not enough to not be sickened by the perversity and sadness. I had to backtrack a few times to make myself more aware.
And I really want to blow up some fancy boats!! Good thing I’m in the Northeast, lol.

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And I really want to blow up some fancy boats!! Good thing I’m in the Northeast, lol.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Elliott Light incorporates contemporary issues into his engaging mystery stories December 2, 2020

Having read and enjoyed the three Smalltown mysteries, I have been awaiting Elliott’s next installment recounting Shep Harrington’s adventures. Instead, Elliott has given us “Throwaways,” a timely story about sex trafficking and a new hero in Jake Savage. “Throwaways” does not disappoint. It is an interesting read, because Jake wrestles with issues of personal history, justice and fairness, and the very real problem of sex trafficking. While these issues might seem dark on the surface, he balances them on the structure of quirky and amusing characters. I particularly am impressed by Elliott’s portrayal of women, as I was in the Smalltown mysteries. Elliott draws the characters from a feminine perspective and empowers the women in interesting ways. His understanding of the world of young girls and women who are trafficked is especially impressive. Now am am awaiting more Jake Savage stories. Well done, Elliott.

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I particularly am impressed by Elliott’s portrayal of women, as I was in the Smalltown mysteries. Elliott draws the characters from a feminine perspective and empowers the women in interesting ways.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Intense and well characterized. Sadly, very worthwhile and pertinent topic: human trafficking November 29, 2020

Intense and well characterized. Sadly, very worthwhile and pertinent topic: human trafficking. I particularly enjoyed the relationships between the well written characters. Will be looking for more from this author.

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Will be looking for more from this author.

READERS ARE LOVING THROWAWAYS!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fast paced action – November 27, 2020

I enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting-a young man in the Florida keys taking it upon himself to investigate the death of a young girl- fast-paced action, and engaging characters, with some keys history along the way. I definitely recommend it!

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Fast-paced action, and engaging characters… I definitely recommend it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Spoilers!! – November 26, 2020

A new writer and a new series is always a bit of a mystery. You don’t know what kind of story you are getting into. I was hoping for character. I got that; Jake, Ethy, Tess, but especially the relationships between these characters, familial bonds and old mistakes, made them interesting and relatable. I was hoping for setting, and yes I got some sense of the Keys (a place I’ve always wanted to spend time in), even if I would have liked a little more five-senses writing in the descriptions (something John D. MacDonald was so very good at).

I also knew the deep anger at injustice would be there. At a system weighted towards the mean, where the very poor and marginal are trapped by fines and fees they can not afford and the very rich and powerful are barely touched at all.

But until I got to the end I wasn’t sure where this would end up. Even then, there was a hope Jake would finally snap and go all Mr. Majestyk on their asses. As the list of what the untouchable rich guys had done grew, I would have been happy to see the ‘Cloud go up in a nice fireball with all the guests on it.

But that wasn’t the direction he was heading. In the end, what happened perfectly fit the way these “damaged” (Jake’s words, not mine) people continue to struggle on, to compromise when they have to but still keep trying to do what is right. Even Alicia’s rescue makes sense. As much as everyone had argued she, like the other Throwaways of the title, were beyond redemption, the very example of Murphy, Jake himself, even Andre (arguably my favorite character) is that everyone is a bit damaged but most make do anyhow.

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SPOILERS!

In the end, what happened perfectly fit the way these “damaged” (Jake’s words, not mine) people continue to struggle on, to compromise when they have to but still keep trying to do what is right.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The story is so engaging – November 25, 2020

The book is written so well that you will start to feel like you are inside this fictional world and you want to bring the culprits to justice at any cost. The mystery and thrilling elements are so flawlessly constructed. But at times you may feel a bit lengthy, but it is okay. Amazing read.

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Amazing read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

 A chilling crime novel about human trafficking – November 24, 2020

It might not be an easy read for some, as it’s quite dark, descriptive and it revolves around a social issue that is a part of our reality: child trafficking. The plot starts in Florida, when a photographer discovers the body of a girl in the water. After calling the police, he decides to join the investigation and help find the killer of the child, driven by the murder of his own mother, from the time he was a four years old.

The plot thickens and brings up the corruption in the system, that rich and powerful people spread without fear of the consequences. The storyline is easy to follow, written in a way that pulls you in from the first pages. I highly recommend it to those who love a good believable crime story.

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I highly recommend it…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Good Mystery – November 17, 2020

This book had me hooked from the first page. The descriptions are so well done I could picture every page in my head. The MC was relatable and I even felt for him during certain scenes. Definitely recommend this read.

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Definitely Recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The perfect book to read for those who are exhausted with those who think they are above the law – November 14, 2020

I am currently exhausted with people who think they are above the law and that the rules don’t apply to them. Those people you always hope get what they deserve. This book is a good book to read in the rollercoaster year of 2020.

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A good book to read in the rollercoaster year of 2020.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great read!November 8, 2020

Key West setting was well described. Enjoyed the protagonist and his efforts to deal with a myriad of personal issues, many remaining unresolved in this book. Plenty of room for sequels.

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Enjoyed the protagonist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

InterestingNovember 8, 2020

This book brings to light many of the headlines we see today involving the super-rich. Those who seem to get away with whatever they want, use whoever they want, and never face the consequences for their actions. Definitely recommend.

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Definitely recommend.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Current of Injustice Surrounds Power and Money –November 2, 2020

Throwaways is suspense-filled novel about power and money that takes place in the Florida Keys. Here the wealthy are above the law; all accusations against them roll off as if they are made of Teflon. The throwaways are at their mercy. Jake drifts into this world of the exploited when he finds a girl’s corpse floating while studying lion fish. He naively thinks that justice can be done for this unknown young girl and others like her who’ve been thrown onto the streets to fend for themselves. While he knows they are easy prey for those with power, he believes that he can fight for them. Jake falls into the cross-hairs of the sex-trafficking ring of the wealthy and well-connected. His own life story is inextricably entwined with those being exploited, motivating him to pursue a perilous search for the truth. He gathers unlikely allies, and isn’t always aware of the ones he should fear. The reader is kept on the edge, wondering whom to trust. The story is filled with empathy, hope, and loss. One of the best thrillers–you won’t be able to put down.

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One of the best thrillers–you won’t be able to put down.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Nicely Paced MysteryNovember 2, 2020

Jake Savage is doing some underwater photography when a shadow floats above him. Much to his surprise, it is a young girl, scantily dressed and floating face down.

The police are called … and they are calling it an accident. He takes it upon himself to find out who she is and how she wound up dead.

He’s learning that he has all kinds of help …. his elderly step-mother, her care taker, a cop who is terminally ill, and assorted strangers he happens to bump into. It gets dangerous when he find that the girl was somehow involved with a crime that was committed against someone high up in the government who has ties to a crime lord.

Attacks come fast and furious …. and Jake and his ‘partners’ find themselves in deep trouble.

Great character development keeps the pace of this mystery racing at a break-neck speed. It’s a complex plot with hints of deeper, darker crimes committed. The conclusion was unexpected … and explosive.

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The conclusion was unexpected … and explosive.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark story about human traffickingOctober 28, 2020

This book did a good job highlighting the evils/”freedom” that money brings depending on which side of the fence you’re on. Very timely with current media stories. It’s a sad but heroic story. The setting (Key West – supposedly paradise) makes the story even more unsettling. A good read if you’re into a sort of mystery (since you know Jake Savage will right the wrongs in the story).

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Very timely with current media stories.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Detailed, Emotional Story October 26, 2020

Child trafficking. This is a page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story. The characters have personality so much so that the reader gets to know them and root for them. This dark, intense story is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.

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A page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Very Well WrittenOctober 26, 2020

A very well written, almost too much but just descriptive enough to captivate the reader while taking them on a emotional journey into today’s current and relevant topics centered around trafficking, abuse, money and power. It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.

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It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great StuffOctober 24, 2020

Great characters and a great setting for a mystery adventure. Despite the sun and surf, it’s written with a descriptive abruptness that hints at noir. The story is well-structured, with great dialog. The plot gets more complex as it moves along and the consequences for the hero and heroine more dire. I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliot Light novel right away!

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I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliott Light novel right away!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Jake is the real thingOctober 23, 2020

A lot of authors set out to create likable, believable characters, but few succeed to the extent that Elliot Light has with Jake Savage. Throwaways was a great read and I’m eager to read of the Jake’s future exploits.

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Likable, believable characters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Easy to read: tense and emotionalOctober 23, 2020

A solid new mystery series from this author. This brings to life the new age of internet and involved things like the me too movement. Very powerful stuff….not for the faint of heart…chilling. Highly recommend I will be looking for book 2.

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Very powerful stuff….not for the faint of heart…chilling. Highly recommend

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dark & MeaningfulOctober 22, 2020

This is a fairly dark story that shines a light on the horrors of human trafficking. As someone who has spent a lot of time in South Florida the setting of this book hits “close to home” & made the reading experience that much more impactful. I’m generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging. If you’re interested in dark stories based on reality then I’d recommend this book.

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I’m generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This Book is interestingOctober 22, 2020

This book gives alot of “throwaways” in the story. It’s definitely imaginative and easy to follow when it comes to the characters and the story line. This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that’s engaging, but dark and intense as well.

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This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that’s engaging, but dark and intense as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Life RealityOctober 21, 2020

Throwaways by Elliott D. Light is based on today’s reality. The rich are in a class of their own and many of them forget about the little people once they get there. Though-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.

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Thought-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A sort of #MeToo story – October 20, 2020

A book that covers a #MeToo story is not my cup of tea at all! I generally hate hashtag movements because they usually end up corrupted by basic human jealousy, anger, and/or greed – even when they started with good intentions. That said, a fictional re-telling or portrayal of a #MeToo scenario is an interesting idea. This is particularly true now when the #MeToo movement has lost a lot of its initial steam and support because you don’t know how the book will go and, more importantly, how it will be received. Overall, I’d say if you’re interested then give this one a read and draw your own conclusions.

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A fictional re-telling or portrayal of a #MeToo scenario is an interesting idea.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Good ReadOctober 19, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.

Characters had personality and there were emotional connections. You get to know and root for them.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.

Great Reviews for Throwaways keep rolling in!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Great mystery read October 18, 2020
Author did a good job in writing an imaginative, emotional and mysterious story line. A little dark and heavy so beware if you’re not used to reading these types of books. But very relevant to the world around us right now. Recommend if you want a deep and interesting page turner.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Good Read October 17, 2020
I enjoyed this book. This was an easy read with good flow. For me the 1st chapter was a bit of overload on information, but once past that, it was a good read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing how the story turned out.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

An entertaining dive into a seedy world October 16, 2020
His discovery of a dead girl floating off the Florida coast throws diver and marine researcher Jake Savage into the shifting current of a mystery that slides through the seedy side of coastal life in Key West, Florida and into the even seedier side of a greater life, the world of child sex trafficking, including a headline villain who recalls Jeffrey Epstein.

Such is the convoluted world of “Throwaways,” a mystery by Elliott Light.

Faced with a disinserted police detective (who eventually comes around) and the moral imperative to right the wrong, Jake plunges into the dangerous search for the name of the dead girl and her killer.

Jake is the amateur investigator, the carrier of the hopes of the “throwaways” of the story: himself, as he overcame at age four the murder of his mother; the street girls who are turned into drug addicted prostitutes and playthings for rich men; any number of the characters who get attached to Jake’s quest, and even Detective Murphy, lost in a stagnant career and seriously ill.

The reader wants Jake and his gang to succeed; ultimately the reader knows they will.

“Throwaways” presents the veneer of a mystery, an entertaining exploration of a noble and righteous quest, a story at whose heart is a big idea that feeds a certain desire – who doesn’t want to be the average guy who brings down an international sex trafficker?

That idea will allow the reader to forgive instances in the book that could have used more attention. At times there is the aura of danger and terror, but nothing the reader feels; the seedy side of beach life is such because the author tells the reader it is; and the world of billionaire sex traffickers is bad because, well, it is unambiguously supposed to be.

That said, “Throwaways” provides a good read. While it doesn’t grab the reader by the throat, it gives us average guys hope that some of the world’s evil can be exposed.

A note: I am the author of mysteries and Anita-Dugan Moore, who created the stunning cover for “Throwaways” and was an editorial advisor, also created the covers for my books.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not the usual crime story October 16, 2020
It is a story for today. a well-written page-turner and a highly imaginative story – I understand it’s the author’s first story of its type. Quite a dark subject but the way the author handles the subject matter, it is well managed.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a very intriguing and well written. October 13, 2020
As soon as I got into the first few chapters, the book has a way of pulling you in with all the descriptive details the writer paints as you get further into this dark mystery. It’s a great read and I highly recommend to anyone that loves a good mystery book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Emotional, well-written October 13, 2020
Elliott wrote this novel as if he had been through this story in person. The scenes were so real and detailed and I could imagine just like I were a spectator in the scenes. The story unfolded as a body of a young girl was seen in Key West. People who like suspense novel will really enjoy it. Enjoyed it!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great book! October 13, 2020
I was hooked from the very beginning of this contemporary mystery novel. Putting it down in for any length of time was not an option. Jake Savage, a 27-year-old diver working for an environmental firm off the coast of Key West, is photographing predator fish when he discovers a dead young woman floating above him. Where did she come from? Was she murdered, and if so, why? On Jake’s journey to find her killer, we meet Ethel, his step-mother from his complicated past, and Tess, the caregiver, who will have a more important role to play later on. Jake’s clues ultimately come together and solidify into a believable conclusion, rather like a spider’s intricate web that stuns us with its construction. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and hope for more from Elliott Light.

Reviews for Throwaways!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Detailed, Emotional Story October 26, 2020
Child trafficking. This is a page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story. The characters have personality so much so that the reader gets to know them and root for them. This dark, intense story is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Very well written! October 26, 2020
A very well written, almost too much but just descriptive enough to captivate the reader while taking them on a emotional journey into today’s current and relevant topics centered around trafficking, abuse, money and power. It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great Stuff! October 24, 2020
Great characters and a great setting for a mystery adventure. Despite the sun and surf, it’s written with a descriptive abruptness that hints at noir. The story is well-structured, with great dialog. The plot gets more complex as it moves along and the consequences for the hero and heroine more dire. I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliot Light novel right away!


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Jake is the real thing October 23, 2020
A lot of authors set out to create likable,believable characters, but few succeed to the extent that Elliot Light has with Jake Savage. Throwaways was a great read and I’m eager to read of the Jake’s future exploits.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Easy to read: tense and emotional October 23, 2020
A solid new mystery series from this author. This brings to life the new age of internet and involved things like the me too movement.

Very powerful stuff….not for the faint of heart…chilling.

Highly recommend I will be looking for book 2.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dark & Meaningful October 22, 2020
This is a fairly dark story that shines a light on the horrors of human trafficking. As someone who has spent a lot of time in South Florida the setting of this book hits “close to home” & made the reading experience that much more impactful. I’m generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging. If you’re interested in dark stories based on reality then I’d recommend this book.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This Book is interesting. October 21, 2020
This book gives alot of “throwaways” in the story. It’s definitely imaginative and easy to follow when it comes to the characters and the story line. This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that’s engaging, but dark and intense as well.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Life Reality October 20, 2020
Throwaways by Elliott D. Light is based on today’s reality. The rich are in a class of their own and many of them forget about the little people once they get there. Though-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Good Read October 19, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.

Characters had personality and there were emotional connections. You get to know and root for them.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Editorial Reviews for Throwaways!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Throwaways is reminiscent of many of the #MeToo headlines seen in the media today.”

“Throwaways is a timely statement about the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have not’s’ of today’s society. It frankly illuminates the corruption and greed of the uber wealthy as they consume what they desire from the weak and the less fortunate, and then simply toss them aside like yesterday’s garbage. This story could have been ripped from many of today’s headlines.” 

  – Charles Rieger
Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence