Sunday, February 24, 2019

Book Review: 'Policy of Truth (Sacred Heart Continuum Series Book 1)' by Scarlett Holloway

Policy of Truth by Scarlett Holloway
‘She was riding Road Captain – loud and proud.’

Mississippi author Scarlett Holloway makes an impressive debut with an MC (Motorcycle Club) novel that reflects her personal experiences. She was introduced to the MC world by a close family member, and her eventual creation of her own an all-female WMC reflects that. Scarlett has commented about her experiences, ‘It was rewarding and punishing at the same time. Always on the road having things you had to do, away from your family, tired and sore. At the same time, you are with extended family, making new friends, helping with charities.’ She now is a massage therapist, dedicated to therapeutic healing both of body and mind – especially victims of domestic violence, drug abuse, and the impact of suicide on those left behind. 

Scarlett shares her life and thoughts in a Letter from the Author at book’s beginning: ‘Music has always played a very important role in my life, so have books – books were my best friends as a child, when I had none. They were cherished and handled with care. The Sacred Heart Continuum is both: Books and music. Each novel in the series is titled after a song that has touched me and represents the main character in that particular novel. At the top of each chapter is a title, which is the song that should be played while reading, giving the reader a deeper experience within the pages of the book, but also to get to know the characters feelings better and on a different level. Every character in these novels is an actual person that has come into my life…’

In a terse, raw and pithy manner Scarlett brings us into her world of Motorcycle Club – complete with a cast of strange and fascinating characters. The story reads quickly as the pages of each chapter are brief and the writing spare, a combination of techniques that make this book really sing. The life of Durty blossoms when she joins the all female Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club – freedom from the shackles of violence and anonymity. Her ventures are well painted and accompanied by interactions that share a quite different view of bikers: these women have risen above sexist abuses and have carved a life of wild rides and sensitive hearts. Romance is treated in a fresh manner, keeping with the veritas mood of the book.

The language is very raw - and is apropos of the story. For a debut novel this is an impressive notice of a talented author on a mission! 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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