Think again! BEFORE both celebrates and indicts the sweet and sordid in small-town, everyday life. This Crime Fiction and Coming-of-Age mashup by J. Kilburn will leave you howling... while the questions and answers posed by this New Adult novel will have you re-examining the sunny streets and wildflower-filled lanes of your own neighborhood.
"...especially and unreservedly recommended for community library General Fiction collections...."
- Julie Summers for Midwest Book Review in May, 2022 Issue of MBR's Reviewer's Bookwatch
"... Kilburn weaves this teenage story with threads of secrets.... the tension is thick."
"With a slow but tantalizing pace, this coming-of-age story is going to be tough to put down for fans of character-driven fiction."
- Manik Chaturmutha for INDEPENDENT BOOK REVIEW
"...Kilburn deftly creates characters who are easy to understand as he delves into the intricacies of how their minds work. The relationships they have with one another are very well mapped out. This makes the story great for those who are interested in plotlines that focusses on relationship building, and encompasses teen drama, and adventures that young people experience from years in high school and into their college years."
- Jennifer Shepherd, InD'tale Magazine, April 2022 Edition
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW "especially and unreservedly" recommends BEFORE, a Novel for community library General Fiction collections!
Think you know the kids next door? Think again! The perfectly charming teens in this New Adult adventure are up to mischief that will make even a bad-boy biker blush! BEFORE, a Novel is a thoughtful and heart-warming blend of Coming-of-Age and Crime Fiction set in small-town America. With just the right mix of sweet and sordid, writer J. Kilburn builds a family, a town, and a tale that will stay in your thoughts long after you finish the book.
BEFORE is a fun and edgy novel that follows the adventures and misadventures of Just Regular Kids as they come of age in a pastoral and peaceful college town. Buckle your seatbelts - all may not be as it seems. Events in a far-away Organized Crime empire lurk in the background as these teenagers take their first steps into adulthood. Adventurous readers will discover that two Sweet Sixteens have a lot more in common with hardened criminals than you - or they - might realize. Surprises are in store for everyone!